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Preliminary remarks by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, following the EU-China summit

The 18th bilateral summit between the EU and China took place on 12-13 July in Beijing.

European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the European Union. China was represented by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

EU-China relations

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.

Global challenges

At the summit, leaders discussed common challenges, including the protection of the rule-based international order.

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.