On 24 October, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will be in Beijing, China for meetings with Premier Li Keqiang and State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi. This visit follows a year of intense and positive exchanges with the Chinese leadership. At the EU-China Summit on 9 April, which reaffirmed the strength of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, the EU and China committed to work towards a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship. The annual EU-China Strategic Dialogue, co-chaired by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has also enhanced cooperation on foreign and security policy. Federica Mogherini’s visit will be an opportunity to take stock of EU-China cooperation across a wide range of issues, from pressing international and regional issues, to human rights, to security, ahead of what will be an important year for bilateral relations. In addition to the regular EU-China Summit expected to take place in Beijing in the spring of 2020, an extraordinary Summit of the European Council and China is scheduled to take place in Leipzig, Germany in the second half of the year. In line with the commitments from the summit in April, progress is needed on trade and economic issues in preparation for both summits, including on strengthened rules on industrial subsidies and reform of the World Trade Organisation, negotiations on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, and the conclusion of the negotiations on Geographic Indicators.
For more information on EU-China relations, please consult the dedicated factsheet and visit the website of the EU Delegation to China. Photos of her visit will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 229 89359)