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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 04:22 GMT 05:22 UK
China warns US on Iraq
Iraqi craftsman in Baghdad
Asem wants a UN-led solution in Iraq
China has counselled the US against unilateral military action against Iraq.

Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji warned of "severe consequences" if strikes were launched without a UN go-ahead.

"Without authority or mandate from the United Nations or without firm evidence any actions will lead to severe consequences," he told reporters at the Asia Europe Meeting, or Asem, in Copenhagen.

Earlier, leaders committed themselves to greater economic co-operation and more co-ordination in the fight against terrorism.

'Lift sanctions'

The 25 leaders, 15 from Europe and 10 from Asia, adopted a joint declaration on international terrorism, and agreed to hold another meeting on the subject in China next year.

Iraq was not on the agenda of the talks, but the current crisis forced the issue into the behind-closed-doors talks.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said sanctions must be lifted now that Saddam Hussein had agreed to readmit UN weapons inspectors.

"Britain and America should listen to the rest of the world," he said.

In another declaration, the leaders also made clear their desire for Washington to resume talks with North Korea.

On trade, the leaders agreed to form a 10-member joint task force to promote cooperation on trade, investment and finance.

'Dialogue between civilisations'

With this summit - the fourth of its kind - the EU has also trying to improve relations with Asia.

Over the last few years, it has been preoccupied with plans for its own enlargement into central Europe and with transatlantic relations with the United States.

Asian members of Asem
Brunei
China
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Philippines
Singapore
South Korea
Thailand
Vietnam

But the EU knows Asia is important, particularly emerging powers like China.

Asem, which meets every two years, was launched in Bangkok in March 1996 as Europe's response to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum which reinforces America's ties with Asia - but excludes the EU.

The next Asia-Europe summit will take place in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi in 2004.

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"The EU admits it has not paid enough attention to Asia in the past"

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