EU Relations with China

G20 Summit, Brisbane 2014: bilateral meeting between Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC, and XI Jinping, Chinese PresidentG20 Summit, Brisbane 2014: bilateral meeting between Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC, and XI Jinping, Chinese President

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-China Strategic 2020 Agenda pdf - 82 KB [82 KB] for Cooperation agreed at the EU-China Summit in 2013 is the guiding document of EU-China relations.

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 and  over 60 high level and senior officials dialogues on topics including industrial policy, education, customs, social affairs, nuclear energy and consumer protection.

 

 


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  • 23/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day <p>The recent arrest and detention of women’s rights activists in China on the grounds that they wanted to launch a campaign against sexual harassment on International Women's Day violates their right to demonstrate peacefully. We urge the Chinese authorities to release them immediately. </p> 03/23/2015 13:27:04 03/23/2015 13:27:04 03/23/2015 13:27:04 03/11/2016 13:27:04 2015032313 090126248ed6e471 N 090126248ed6e471 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_en.htm 4118 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day
  • 19/02/2015
    EU wins a WTO dispute on Chinese anti-dumping duties
  • 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
  • 11/11/2014
    Structured Dialogue meeting between EU and Government of the Hong Kong - Special Administrative Region explores ways to deepen relations Structured Dialogue meeting between EU and Government of the Hong Kong - Special Administrative Region explores ways to deepen relations <p>The eighth annual Structured Dialogue meeting between the European Union (EU) and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) took place today (November 11) in Brussels. The Structured Dialogue is an effective high-level platform for the EU and the HKSARG to discuss issues of common interest based on a mutually agreed agenda.</p> 11/11/2014 22:00:00 11/11/2014 22:00:00 11/11/2014 22:00:00 11/11/2014 22:00:00 2014111122 090126248d38e689 N 090126248d38e689 /statements-eeas/2014/141112_01_en.htm 14487 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141112_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141112_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141112_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Structured Dialogue meeting between EU and Government of the Hong Kong - Special Administrative Region explores ways to deepen relations

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