• EU seeks more 'balanced' economic relationship with China

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    BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders worried about China's growing power are devising plans to counter the ambitions of a country they describe as a "systemic rival."

    The European Council will discuss on Friday a 10-point strategy set out by the European Commission before an EU-China summit next month.

    The EU wants to "fully address the distortive effects of foreign state ownership" and "achieve a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship."

    China is the EU's second-biggest trading partner behind the U.S. while China is the EU's second largest partner. The trade in goods between the two is worth around 1.1 billion a day, but the balance is largely in China's favor.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently in Italy and will travel to France next week as part of a European tour.

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