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China, EU keen to push message of free trade, engagement

  • Federica Mogherini, left, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, poses for a photo with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi before their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)

    Federica Mogherini, left, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, poses for a photo with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi before their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Federica Mogherini, left, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi before their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)

    Federica Mogherini, left, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi before their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, left, and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi, second right, attend a meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Wednesday, April 17, 2017, in Beijing. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)

    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, left, and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi, second right, attend a meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Wednesday, April 17, 2017, in Beijing. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

China and the European Union are holding their first high-level talks since President Donald Trump took office, 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 on Wednesday 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.

On Tuesday, Mogherini met with Premier Li Keqiang who told her the international community was looking at how China and the EU would work together to tackle challenges including the world economic recovery, global conflicts and terrorism, and Britain's pending withdrawal from the EU.