Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific
Responsible for Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu as well as the four Overseas Countries and Territories in the Pacific

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the European Council

Bruxelles, 21/03/2019 - 16:44, UNIQUE ID: 190321_15
Remarks

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the European Council

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Good afternoon,

Nothing on Brexit from my side, you know that, I will only speak about it only if and when the UK will become a third country. On the day it will happen, we will obviously be ready to open a European Union Delegation office in London.

But the point I contributed to prepare for today's discussion with the Leaders is the discussion on China. We have had the State Councilor of China/Foreign Minister [Wang Yi] last Monday with the Foreign Ministers of the 28 Member States to prepare this discussion we will have this evening.

We have a very complex and balanced position from the European Union side on our relations with China, which is a partner on many issues, especially on foreign policy. But China is also a competitor in certain fields and there is also a strong need from European Union Member States to defend their interests, in particular when it comes to security or key infrastructure.

We will bring a position to the table that has already been prepared with the Foreign Ministers and that, I hope, will get the support of all Heads of State or Government, having this pragmatic but also principled approach with China - a mix of protection of our interests, but also a search for common ground for partnership, whenever it is possible with China.

Link to the video: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-169998