The 21st bilateral summit between the European Union and China was held on 9 April 2019.
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.
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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
Chinese State Council: News, 10/04/2019: China, EU vow to uphold multilateralism, facilitate bilateral trade, investment
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
European Commission: Press Release, 09/04/2019: EU-China Summit: Rebalancing the strategic partnership
- ESO Records
20th EU-China Summit, 16 July 2018
Joint Communication on ‘EU-China – A strategic outlook’, March 2019