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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), 15-16 July

President Donald Tusk attended the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He represented the European Union, together with the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative Federica Mogherini. 

At the opening ceremony, leaders expressed solidarity at the attack in Nice on the French national day. " Today we all, Europe and Asia, stand united with the French people and their government. We condemn this tragedy and keep up our fight against extreme violence and hatred", said President Tusk in his remarks.

Leaders also discussed the situation in Turkey following the military coup attempt. "The EU fully supports the democratically elected government, the institutions of the country and the rule of law. We call for a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order", stated President Tusk.

Discussions at the summit focused on the theme 20 years of ASEM: partnership for the future through connectivity.

Leaders also discussed global issues including climate change, sustainable development, global governance, terrorism and the migration and refugee crisis. "Dialogue and a strong commitment to the rules-based international order are necessary. Common and predictable rules make states more secure, people more free and encourage companies to invest with more confidence", said President Tusk.

In the margins of the ASEM summit President Tusk met with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong to discuss terrorism and regional cooperation. He also met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye to discuss bilateral relations, trade and North Korea, and with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

President Tusk also met with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. They condemned the attacks in Nice and Dhaka and reiterated their commitment to work together to fight terrorism. On a free trade agreement with Japan, President Tusk reaffirmed the EU's commitment to conclude the agreement by the end of the year. 

EU-China summit, 12-13 July

The 18th bilateral summit between China and the EU took place in Bejing on 12-13 July. European Council President Donald Tusk represented the EU together with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.  China was represented by Prime Minister Li Keqiang. 

At the summit, leaders discussed common challenges, including the protection of the rule-based international order. "A global order based on common rules is in our mutual interest but clearly we have our differences in what it means in practice," said President Tusk at the press conference after the summit. 

Leaders moved forward the strategic partnership between the EU and China. They provided political guidance for the completion of the comprehensive agreement on investment and signed an energy roadmap. Leaders also agreed to have another round of the human rights dialogue between the EU and China still this year in Brussels. "There is no doubt that there are disagreements on this issue. But I welcome that China stands ready to engage," said President Tusk. 

Ahead of the G20 summit, which will take place in China in September, leaders agreed to tackle the migration crisis at the global level. The EU also looks forward to working closely with China to address foreign policy priorities, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Africa. The same goes for global issues such as development assistance or climate change. 

The next EU-China summit will take place next year in Brussels.

As of  1 December 2014, Donald Tusk heads the European Council - the institution that sets the EU's political direction and priorities. He is responsible for preparing and chairing meetings of the institution. He also ensures the external representation of the EU's common foreign and security policy at his level.