EU-China summit discussed trade, investment

Photo: EU Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Li Keqiang, China’s Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Juncker, EC President met today for the 21st EU-China Summit.

European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, met today afternoon in Brussels for the 21st EU-China Summit. The leaders addressed the most pressing issues in EU-China bilateral relations, such as, on the trade and investment agenda, the negotiations towards a Comprehensive Investment Agreement and an agreement on Geographical Indications.

They also touched upon the global challenges and governance, such as cooperation on multilateralism, including through reform of the World Trade Organisation, tackling climate change, and increasing sustainable connectivity, as well common foreign policy priorities such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Iran nuclear deal, and Afghanistan.

In a joint statement, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepening their partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilisation based on the principles of mutual respect, trust, equality and mutual benefit, by comprehensively implementing the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. The EU and China commit to strengthen cooperation, notably in the framework of their ongoing bilateral Dialogues. Both sides welcome the recently held High-Level Strategic Dialogue. In order to further expand and deepen exchanges and cooperation beyond 2020, the EU and China will adopt a new cooperation agenda by the next EU-China Summit.

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