|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Overview|
The 23rd bilateral summit between the European Union (EU) and China was held on 1 April 2022. This meeting was held via videoconference.
The two sides discussed extensively Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The EU called on China to support efforts to bring about an immediate end to the bloodshed in Ukraine, consistent with China's position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and its uniquely close relations with Russia. The EU also pointed out that sanctions against Russia were imposed only to stop Russia's aggression, and that any circumvention of the effects of those restrictive measures or any aid to Russia would prolong the bloodshed, lead to even greater losses of lives and economic disruption.
The EU noted its disappointment with China's sanctions, including against members of the European Parliament, and its measures against the EU single market and Member States. The two sides discussed cooperation on the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and reopening of the economy. The EU confirmed its commitment to work with China and other WHO Member States on a new international agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
The need to address long-standing concerns related to market access and the investment environment in China was also addressed, with the view to ensuring a balanced trade and economic relationship. Leaders mandated the high-level trade and economic dialogue to find ways to make progress on these issues. They also agreed to continue cooperation on climate chance and energy transition.
The importance of a transparent and competitive environment for the digital economy was highlighted, as well as trustworthy and ethical uses of artificial intelligence. EU leaders expressed concerns about increased cybersecurity threats. The EU also reiterated its concerns regarding the human rights situation in China.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Bilateral Relations|
|Countries / Regions||China|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|