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EU-China summit, Brussels, 29/06/2015

European Council
  • European Council
  • 29/06/2015
  • Brussels

The 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and China took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels, celebrating the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations.

The EU was represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

China was represented by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

EU-China political and economic relations

Leaders agreed to reinforce the EU-China 2020 strategic agenda, adopted at the 2013 summit in Beijing focusing on:

  • peace and security
  • prosperity
  • sustainable development
  • people-to-people exchanges

Migration and mobility issues were also on the agenda of the summit, with a discussion on the establishment of a mutual visa waiver agreement for diplomatic passport holders. 

EU and China agreed to further develop their cooperation on defence and security. They also stressed their commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights dialogue. 

President Tusk expressed the EU's concerns on freedom of expression and association in China, including the situation of the persons belonging to minorities such as Tibetans and Uighurs. 

Global challenges

Leaders also discussed multilateral cooperation on trade, climate and development issues. An EU-China business summit, took place in the margins of the summit.

Climate change negotiations

EU and China discussed the promotion of low carbon and climate-friendly investments bilaterally and internationally. They agreed to aim for a fair and ambitious deal at the international climate conference in Paris in December 2015.

Regional and foreign policy issues

Recent developments in the EU's and China's respective neighbourhoods were on the agenda of the dinner, especially the situation in Ukraine and in South East Asia.

Other foreign policy topics addressed were: Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Iran.

Background

Last reviewed on 30/06/2015