China restricts press access to EU-China Summit

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European and Chinese leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for the 15th EU-China Summit. No 'big decisions' were expected but the summit aimed to 'consolidate' relations between both powers.

The summit created controversy as journalists were left hanging when the usual post-summit press conference was called off. The Chinese authorities wanted to impose restrictions on the number of journalists allowed into the conference. The EU said no.

According to the Brussels-based international press association, China was concerned over the presence of certain journalists who are critical of the Chinese government.

Meanwhile, this was the last EU-Summit for China's premier Wen Jiabao. During his10 year-mandate, trade relations with Europe have increased. He is set to hand over power in the next congress of the Chinese Communist party in October.

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