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China and the European Union (EU) are holding their first high-level talks with both eager to push a message of free trade and open engagement with the world.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will co-chair the Seventh EU-China Strategic Dialogue in Beijing today with State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China 's highest-ranking diplomat.

They will discuss cooperation on issues such as climate change, as well as regional and security issues.

The dialogue comes ahead of an EU-China summit scheduled for Brussels in June.



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