EU Relations with China

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  • 09/12/2014
    33rd EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights 33rd EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights <p>On 8-9 December 2014, the European Union and the People's Republic of China held the 33rd round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights in Brussels.</p> 12/09/2014 21:22:46 12/09/2014 21:22:46 12/09/2014 21:22:46 12/09/2014 21:22:46 2014120921 090126248da742e2 N 090126248da742e2 /statements-eeas/2014/141209_04_en.htm 11704 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141209_04_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141209_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141209_04_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141209_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    33rd EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights
  • 06/12/2014
    Joint press conference following EU-China Human Rights Dialogue Joint press conference following EU-China Human Rights Dialogue <p>The 33<sup>rd</sup> EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights will be held on Monday, 8 December 2014 at the Headquarters of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels.</p> 12/06/2014 00:00:00 12/06/2014 00:00:00 12/06/2014 00:00:00 12/06/2014 00:00:00 2014120600 090126248d9e384d N 090126248d9e384d /statements-eeas/2014/141206_02_en.htm 9799 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141206_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141206_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141206_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint press conference following EU-China Human Rights Dialogue
  • 03/12/2014
    Press statement by President of the European Council Donald Tusk after his telephone call with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of Chinapdf

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Strategic Partnership

The EU-China Strategic Partnership, which is based on the 1985 EU China trade and cooperation agreement, has grown to include foreign affairs, security matters and international challenges such as climate change and global economy governance.

The EU and China are world players. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, while China is the EU’s largest source of imports and 2nd largest two way trading partner. The trade and investment relationship is a major source of wealth, jobs, development and innovation for both sides.

Summits and dialogue

The issues that the EU and China discuss during their regular meetings are organised around 3 'pillars': political dialogue, economic and sectoral dialogue and people to people dialogue.

Human rights are discussed as part of the regular political dialogues and – since 1995 – during specific human rights dialogues.

There are annual summits, regular high level dialogues and more than 50 sectoral dialogues pdf - 275 KB [275 KB] français (fr)  on topics including industrial policy, education, customs, social affairs, nuclear energy and consumer protection.