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China, EU tout trade, cooperation

Top diplomats note uncertain times, discuss Korea, Syria

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Photographs by AP/MARK SCHIEFELBEIN

Staff members at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing confer Wednesday before the start of a news conference with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and European Union foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini.

Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement in contrast to fears that the U.S. is turning inward under President Donald Trump.

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