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Latest EU-China Summits

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On 9 April, the scheduled (21st) EU-China Summit took place in Brussels. We would like to remind our readers, that this meeting was preceded by the visit to Europe by China’s President Xi Jinping, who most likely agreed on the programme for the upcoming summit during his negotiations with the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and the EU.

PRC’s delegation to Brussels was headed by Premier Li Keqiang, and that of the EU by the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, respectively.

One’s attention is first drawn to the fact that the period between the current summit and the one preceding it, which took place in Beijing in July 2018, is relatively short. We would also like to reiterate that although, from the onset, the aforementioned meetings were meant to be staged on a yearly basis, the year 2019 has just begun, so why the need to rush?

After all, the 20th anniversary EU-China Summit took place last year, and it ended with the signing of a comprehensive Joint Statement. The document includes all the significant achievements reached in the course of bilateral ties since they were established in 1975. It also highlighted the fact that the two sides shared similar views on pressing global issues and agreed on actions to resolve them. Examples of these challenges include North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, the situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and problems associated with climate change.

The statement “flung” at their US counterparts by the EU-Chinese side said that the two parties were “strongly committed to fostering an open world economy, improving trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, resisting protectionism and unilateralism…”.

In all likelihood, this phrase contains the answer to the aforementioned question, as these words refer to the source of Beijing’s and Brussels’ concerns, i.e. the radically new stance taken by the leading world power (the United States) on the global stage. China as well as the EU aim to oppose progression of all the trends associated with policies of Donald Trump’s administration.

Incidentally, in the months that followed July 2018, the U.S. relationships with the PRC and the EU only worsened (and not only from an economic perspective, which is........

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