EU-China leaders’ meeting via video conference, 14 September 2020

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A high-level meeting between leaders of the European Union and China was held on 14 September 2020 via videoconference. This was a follow-up to the latest EU-China summit, held a few months earlier.

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Leaders welcomed the progress on ongoing negotiations for a EU-China Comprehensive Agreement (CAI) and also welcomed the signature of the EU-China Agreement on Geographical Indications. There was also a discussion concerning climate change and the response required to tackle the challenge, the world's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and a set of other matters relating to international affairs, including human rights and reports on China's handling of minorities in the country.

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General Secretariat of the Council: Background Brief - EU-China leaders' meeting via video conference, 14 September 2020
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European Council: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the EU-China leaders' meeting via video conference (14 September 2020)
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel and Chancellor Merkel, following the EU-China leaders' meeting via videoconference (14 September 2020)
German Council Presidency: News, 14/09/2020: EU-China Summit videoconference: These topics are on the agenda

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