In May, the European Parliament halted ratification of a new investment pact with China until Beijing lifts sanctions on EU politicians, deepening a dispute in Sino-European relations and denying EU companies greater access to China.
Merkel's office confirmed that the three leaders exchanged views on European Union-China relations.
"They also discussed international trade, climate protection, and biodiversity," her office added in a statement.
"The conversation also revolved around cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, global vaccine supply, and international and regional issues."
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