European Union External Action

EU-China Relations factsheet

Bruxelles, 18/10/2019 - 13:15, UNIQUE ID: 171027_16

The EU and China established formal diplomatic ties in 1975 and today EU-China relations encompass an annual summit, regular ministerial meetings, and over 60 sectoral dialogues. The EU and China are committed to a comprehensive strategic partnership, as expressed in the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. The EU’s new Strategy on China, adopted in July 2016, has been followed by a March 2019 strategic stocktaking of the EU-China relationship by the European Commission and the High Representative.

In order to maintain our prosperity, values and social model over the long term, there are areas where the EU needs to adapt to changing economic realities and strengthen its policies. Based on clearly defined interests and principles, the EU should also seek to deepen effective and coherent engagement with China. Given the importance of EUChina economic relations, it is important to maintain very close trade and investment links, while developing a more balanced economic relationship.

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