Diplomacy

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    Video caption: Sofagate: Turkey and the story of three presidents and only two chairs

    When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was left standing because of a lack of chairs in Turkey this week, she reacted with an audible "erm".

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    Video caption: US President Biden: 'Diplomacy is back'

    US President Biden says his administration will "repair our alliances" to meet tomorrow's challenges.

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    Video caption: Outside Source: Why the Australia-China row matters

    Ros Atkins explains why relations between the two countries are deteriorating fast.

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    Video caption: Former World Bank boss: 'The world could look like it did in 1900'

    Former World Bank boss Robert Zoellick says countries are undermining free trade, and that is a danger.

  5. EU in flap over Chinese censorship

    Katya Adler

    Europe Editor

    Chinese reagent production in Taizhou, 9 April 2020

    The EU has criticised its ambassador to Beijing, after he allowed China to censor an open letter calling for closer co-operation during the pandemic.

    Officials in Brussels said Nicolas Chapuis made the wrong decision when he allowed a line - which said the coronavirus had originated in China - to be cut from the letter.

    The document, published in the China Daily, had been signed by ambassadors from all EU states. But not all of them were informed of the change.

    The EU has sniffed an opportunity in tensions between China and the US over trade and more recently the pandemic. Brussels hopes to boost its trade ties with China and work together to fight climate change.

    The incident is all the more awkward for Brussels following allegations that the EU’s foreign policy arm watered down language on China in a recent report on disinformation campaigns during the pandemic.