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EU begins tricky path towards relaxing trade ties with China

It needs to protect key industries against a damaging flood of cheap Chinese imports

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Free trade advocates say Europeans gain from cheaper Chinese imports and companies such as Siemens will have easier access to China's vast market.

Brussels

THE European Union will take the first step on Wednesday towards refashioning its trade ties with Beijing, torn over how to lower its defences to avert Chinese retaliation while protecting key industries against a damaging flood of cheap imports.

Commissioners from the