40th Anniversary of EU-China Relations

A word from the EU Ambassador

   Dear friends of the EU and China,

I am very fortunate in being the Ambassador of the European Union to China at a time when this year sees the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the EU and China. This is an important milestone in an ever closer and more important relationship between our union of 28 Member States and the country which may soon be the biggest economy in the world.

When we look back on the past 40 years, it is clear that we have come a long way, with increased mutual knowledge and communication in many areas such as political links, trade and people-to-people contacts, which form the supporting pillars and strands that act as a bridge between us, making both sides more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.

But there is still much untapped potential in our relations and my hope is that both sides will use this celebratory year as a catalyst for further and deeper cooperation on many fronts, from trade negotiations to climate action, from conflict resolution to social justice.

I wish you all good health and prosperity for the Year of the Sheep,

Hans Dietmar Schweisgut

Ambassador of the European Union to China

40th Anniversary Events Gallery 

EU-China relations – Factsheet


 EU-China relations

The EU and China established diplomatic relations on 6 May 1975...




  EU-China Trade

The EU is China's biggest trading partner: the EU represents 14.8 % of China's external trade...




  Cooperation on foreign policy and defence and security issues

The EU and China share the common goal of improving international security, including nuclear non-proliferation...




   People, education and exchanges

Travel between the EU and China is booming. Last year, European countries issued over 2,3 million visas to Chinese travellers...




  Human rights

The EU is committed to the promotion of human rights around the world and has a regular formal dialogue with China on the subject...




The EU and China are the two poles of the Eurasian continent and have a common interest in improving the availability of soft and hard infrastructure along this landmass...




Development Cooperation
Over the past decades, the EU has provided significant financial and technical support to China's development...



Climate change and environment
Under the Paris agreement of December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal...



Urbanisation and Energy
The EU-China Urbanization Partnership launched in 2012 aims at addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges of urbanization...




  The Digital Economy and the ICT Sector

The EU and China both regard the ICT sector and the Digital Economy as strategic priorities...




   Research and Innovation

China is a major global player in research and innovation. Chinese R&D spending has been increasing at 20% per year in the last 15 years...




EU-China relations Timeline


The European Union: 500 million people – 28 countries


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Multimedia Links

EU-China Love Links
The Delegation has produced a series of 10 short films about cross-cultural relationships between Europeans and Chinese from all walks of life.




     EU-China Dream Seekers

The Delegation has produced a series of 6 short films entitled ''EU-China Dream Seekers'' filmed, in various locations across Europe and China.




EUFF (European Union Film Festival)
This year the 8TH EU FILM FESTIVAL will be held in November. The goal of the festival is to strengthen the cooperation between Chinese and European film industries.




Flash Europa 28

Flash Europa 28 showcases European flash fiction written by young authors from 28 member states of the EU to the Chinese online reader.