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Chinese premier praises EU, says free trade must be upheld

AP  |  Sofia 

Chinese today said free trade and international cooperation must be upheld to avoid slowing down the global economy.

Li also praised the European Union, calling the 28-member bloc an "indispensable force" and very important for global peace, stability and prosperity.

Li, China's No 2 leader behind Xi Jinping, spoke in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, during a meeting with 16 countries from central and eastern Europe, amid escalating trade battles between the US and

The summit is part of China's "New Silk Road" bid to boost its influence in through investments and closer economic links.

Li said: "Unity between and and cooperation between us can ensure peace and stability in the whole world.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 17:25 IST