EU-China:International Summit, 16/07/2018


The 20th European Union-China Summit and its related events will take place on 16 July in Beijing. The leaders are expected to discuss the expansion of the EU-China strategic relationship on trade, global challenges, and foreign and security issues.

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EU – CHINA Summit of 16 July 2018
Background brief

President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the EU at the 20th EU-China summit.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will host the summit. EU leaders will also have talks with President Xi Jinping.

EU and Chinese leaders will discuss bilateral trade and investment relations. They are expected to express their joint support for rules-based trade. They are also expected to confirm their mutual engagement for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation.

Foreign and security policy issues will be on the agenda, including:

° the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula

° the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA)

° the situation in Syria

° Afghanistan

° the Rohingya crisis

Leaders will focus on EU-China cooperation to safeguard international peace and security and to strengthen the rules-based order.

Europe-Asia connectivity and China’s belt and road initiative  will also be on the agenda.

In addition, EU and Chinese leaders will discuss how to tackle global challenges such as:

° climate change and clean energy

° ocean governance and environmental protection

° migration

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The 20th European Union-China Summit and its related events will take place on 16 July in Beijing. The leaders are expected to discuss the expansion of the EU-China strategic relationship on trade, global challenges, and foreign and security issues.

The summit will be hosted by Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China. The EU will be represented by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, accompanied by Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, and Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc. The EU leaders will also have talks with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China.

An EU-China Business Summit and a meeting of the EU-China Connectivity Platform will take place in the margins of the summit.

EU-China bilateral relations

Leaders will assess the development of the EU-China comprehensive strategic partnership in key areas such as trade and investment, security, human rights, sectoral cooperation and connectivity.

On bilateral trade and investment, discussions will focus on reciprocity and level playing field to ensure an open, predictable, fair and transparent business environment for European companies in China. The Summit should announce the first exchange of market access offers, in the context of the negotiations towards a Comprehensive Investment Agreement.

On multilateral trade, both partners are expected to express support for the rules-based trading system with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core and commitment to co-operating on the reform of the WTO, including on developing stronger international rules on industrial subsidies. Both sides will set up a bilateral working group to this end.

Regarding Geographical Indications (GI), leaders are expected to take stock of progress on an agreement on GIs and instruct negotiators to accelerate work so as to conclude it as soon as possible.

Leaders are also expected to address the impact on the EU industry of China’s overcapacity in steel and other industrial sectors. The EU will call for the full implementation of the recommendations of the Global Forum on Steel.

The summit will also provide an opportunity for a discussion on cooperation on human rights with China, multilaterally, and via the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue.

Connectivity will also be on the agenda. The two sides will work towards synergies between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the EU’s initiatives, including the upcoming EU strategy on Europe Asia Connectivity, the EU’s Investment Plan and extended Trans-European Transport Networks, based on sustainability and international norms and standards.

Global challenges

In the area of climate change and clean energy, both sides will advance cooperation on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and will adopt a Memorandum of Understanding on emissions trading co-operation.

Building on the outcome of the EU-China ‘Blue Year’ (2017), an EU-China Oceans Partnership should be concluded at the summit. Leaders should also welcome new areas of cooperation and the launching of new EU-China dialogues on drugs and humanitarian cooperation.

Leaders are also expected to address cooperation in multilateral fora, including at the G20.

Security and defence cooperation will also be discussed, with a focus on peacekeeping cooperation in Africa and enhanced cooperation on counterterrorism.

Foreign policy issues

The two sides are expected to discuss recent developments in their respective neighbourhoods, notably the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Iran and the nuclear deal, Syria, Russia/Ukraine, and Africa.

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Related:

§ [2018 EU-China Tourism Year]

§ [EU-China summit on the Council website]

§ [Factsheet on EU-China relations (EEAS)]

§ [Factsheet: EU-China relations]

§ [EU relations with China (EEAS) ]

§ [EU trade relations with China (European Commission)]

§ [EU strategy on China: Joint Communication on elements for a new EU strategy on China and Council conclusions of 18 July 2016]

§ [EU delegation to China (EEAS) ]

Previous EU-China summits:

§ [EU-China Summit, 01-02/06/2017]

§ [EU-China summit, Beijing, 12-13/07/2016 ]

§ [EU-China summit, Brussels, 29/06/2015]

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