EU-China Summit, 9 April 2019

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Publication Date 09/04/2019
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The 21st bilateral summit between the European Union and China was held on 9 April 2019.

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Both sides committed to further strengthen the EU-China strategic partnership during the summit. China and the European Union agreed on a joint statement setting out the direction for bilateral relations in the following years. Leaders expressed their joint support for multilateralism and rules-based trade. They reaffirmed their joint engagement to reform the World Trade Organisation. The EU and China agreed to work together to address industrial subsidies.

In addition to the joint statement, the parties also signed:

The EU and China vowed to continue to forge synergies between China's belt and road initiative and the EU's initiatives with a view to improve Europe-Asia connectivity.

Source Link https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2019/04/09/
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Commentary and Analysis
ECFR: Commentary, 02/04/2019: The EU, China, and human rights in Xinjiang: Time for a new approach https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_the_eu_china_and_human_rights_in_xinjiang_time_for_a_new_approac
Euronews, 10/04/2019: What does the EU trade with China? In charts https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/09/bei-ching-the-figures-behind-the-eu-s-trade-with-china
Euro|topics, April 2019: Does the EU have any leverage vis-à-vis China? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/218024/
EPRS: At a Glance, April 2019: Towards a new EU policy approach to China: 21st EU-China Summit – April 2019 http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2019)637913

News
EurActiv, 05/04/2019: US-China talks blocking concessions to EU, Brussels complains https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/us-china-talks-blocking-concessions-to-eu-brussels-complains/
Reuters, 05/04/2019: EU, China stumble over trade, human rights ahead of summit https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1RH1A4
Deutsche Welle, 08/04/2019: China to 'further open' its doors to Europe, PM Li says ahead of summit https://p.dw.com/p/3GRae
Bloomberg, 09/04/2019: EU and China Rescue Plan to Present United Front to Trump https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-09/eu-china-said-to-rescue-summit-plan-to-show-trump-united-front
Politico, 09/04/2019: EU scores at China summit with assist from Trump https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-china-summit-result-assist-donald-trump/
EurActiv, 09/04/2019: EU, China agree on joint statement as Beijing makes last-ditch concessions https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/eu-china-agree-on-joint-statement-as-beijing-makes-last-ditch-concessions/
CGTN, 09/04/2019: Premier Li reiterates shared interests between China and EU https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674e3549544f33457a6333566d54/index.html
Bloomberg, 09/04/2019: Europe Claims Progress in Prodding China to Open Its Market https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-09/europe-claims-progress-in-prodding-china-to-open-its-market
Deutsche Welle, 09/04/2019: EU announces 'breakthrough' on trade with China https://p.dw.com/p/3GWzW
CGTN, 10/04/2019: China, EU reaffirm commitment to multilateralism https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d3549544f33457a6333566d54/index.html

Official
Joint statement of the 21st EU-China summit https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/04/09/joint-statement-of-the-21st-eu-china-summit/
European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-China summit in Brussels, 9 April 2019 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/04/09/remarks-by-president-donald-tusk-after-the-eu-china-summit-in-brussels/
Chinese State Council: News, 10/04/2019: China, EU vow to uphold multilateralism, facilitate bilateral trade, investment http://english.gov.cn/premier/news/2019/04/10/content_281476602171910.htm
European Commission: Remarks of President Juncker at the joint press conference with Mr Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, and Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, following the EU-China Summit http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-19-2078_en.htm
European Commission: Press Release, 09/04/2019: EU-China Summit: Rebalancing the strategic partnership http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-2055_en.htm

ESO Records
20th EU-China Summit, 16 July 2018 https://www.europeansources.info/record/eu-china-summit-16-july-2018/
Joint Communication on ‘EU-China – A strategic outlook’, March 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/joint-communication-on-eu-china-a-strategic-outlook/

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