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U.S., EU to cooperate on China dialogue, Russia challenge: statement

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken meets EU foreign policy chief Borrell in Brussels
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell hold a joint news conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Europe have agreed to relaunch a bilateral dialogue on China and work together to address Russia’s “challenging behavior,” according to a statement Wednesday from U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the EU high representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell.

“They acknowledged a shared understanding that relations with China are multifaceted, comprising elements of cooperation, competition, and systemic rivalry,” the statement said. Among other issues the two ministers discussed during their meeting in Brussels were cooperation on climate action, coronavirus vaccines, Iran and Turkey.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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