EU-China summit via video conference, 22 June 2020

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The 22nd bilateral summit between the European Union and China was held on 22 June 2020. This meeting was held via videoconference.

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The European Union highlighted the need for progress on the implementation of the commitments made at the previous EU-China Summit, including advancing negotiations for an EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement. The EU also expressed willingness to sign the EU-China Agreement on Geographical Indications (GIs).

Leaders held a discussion on climate change. The EU also stresses the need for fundamental rights and data protection to be respected amidst development of digital technologies. Outstanding issues relating to cyber-security and disinformation were also raised. China was urged to assume greater responsibility in dealing with global challenges through a rules-based international system.

Both sides also discussed regional and other international issues.

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