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G7 to hold rescheduled summit in Brussels on June 4-5

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial powers will meet in Brussels for two days from June 4, the European Council said Friday, after the meeting was moved from Russia due to the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting had been due to take place in the Russian ski resort of Sochi, but was rescheduled after the G7 leaders decided to exclude Russia from the summit over Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. "G7 leaders to meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014," the EU Council's press office said on Twitter.

President Xi makes first-ever visit by Chinese leader to European Union headquarters

BRUSSELS - China's president is meeting with the top officials of the European Union to discuss the two sides' close business ties and their wider diplomatic relations. Xi Jinping on Monday became the first Chinese leader to visit the headquarters of the 28-country EU in Brussels. The EU is China's largest trading partner, while China is Europe's second-largest, trailing only the U.S. China and Europe trade well over 1 billion euros worth ($1.37 billion) a day.

China's Xi in ground-breaking EU visit

Chinese leader Xi Jinping began a ground-breaking European Union visit Monday, arriving for talks with the bloc's top officials in the first visit to EU headquarters by a Chinese president. After a red-carpet day with Belgium's royals and a visit to a zoo to open a habitat for a pair of giant pandas on loan from Beijing, Xi got down to serious business in talks expected to touch on the crisis in Ukraine, human rights and quarrels over trade.

China's Xi begins Belgium visit on last leg of Europe tour

Chinese leader Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to Belgium Sunday on the last leg of his European tour that will include meeting the Belgian royals and seeing giant pandas ahead of an historic EU visit, the first ever by a Chinese president. Xi was welcomed at the airport by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and he is set to go to the royal palace in central Brussels to meet Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

EU partly drops threats of action against Chinese telecom makers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Thursday to partially drop its threat of action against Chinese telecommunications equipment makers, seeking to resolve years of tension over China's increasingly dominant mobile networks in Europe. European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in April last year that the European Commission planned to open an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy case against China, but would first seek to negotiate a solution with Chinese authorities.

Obama in Brussels for EU-US summit

President Barack Obama pays his first visit ever to European Union headquarters, cementing US-EU opposition to the takeover of Crimea after hitting out at Russian expansionism as a "sign of weakness". Viewed as the most important trip to Europe by a US president in years because of the crisis over Crimea, the visit will see Obama hold his first-ever summit talks in Brussels with the EU's top officials, a move seen as an ice-breaker.

G7 in Brussels to replace G8 summit in Sochi: Van Rompuy

G7 leaders on Monday decided to exclude Russia from the next summit of richest nations as punishment for absorbing Crimea, European President Herman van Rompuy said. Leaders at crisis talks called by US President Barack Obama in The Hague agreed not to attend a G8 meeting in Sochi in June and instead meet without Russia in Brussels, Van Rompuy said in a tweet. cjo/ric/ec

G7 in Brussels to replace G8 summit in Sochi: Van Rompuy

G7 leaders on Monday decided to exclude Russia from the next summit of richest nations as punishment for absorbing Crimea, European President Herman van Rompuy said. Leaders at crisis talks called by US President Barack Obama in The Hague agreed not to attend a G8 meeting in Sochi in June and instead meet without Russia in Brussels, Van Rompuy said in a tweet. The G7 said it wanted "to reassure NATO members and those bordering" Russia, and called for economic reforms in Ukraine. cjo/ric/jhb

Start of G7 Ukraine crisis talks hosted by Obama

Leaders from the Group of Seven most industrialised nations went into crisis talks hosted by US President Barack Obama on Monday to decide how to respond to Russia's absorption of Crimea, an AFP correspondent said. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States met at the Dutch prime minister's residence in The Hague on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit.

G7 and EU leaders to discuss Ukraine crisis in The Hague

The Hague, Mar 24 (EFE).- G7 and European Union leaders meet Monday in The Hague to discuss the Ukraine situation and keep pressure on Russia following the international crisis sparked by that country's annexation of the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea. The meeting is being held at the request of U.S. President Barack Obama, who last week called on the heads of state and government of the G7 - Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, the United States and Japan - to deal with the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
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