China-EU Virtual Summit: Eye on the Prize


Published on Sep 14, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping co-hosted via video link a Monday meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. Also in the meeting were European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. President Xi said China and the EU could work together under four principles: peaceful coexistence, openness and cooperation, multilateralism, as well as dialogue and consultation. They sought to speed up investment agreement talks, with an eye on wrapping up negotiations within this year. Both cooperation and frictions hit ties between China and the EU – two of the world’s biggest trading partners. In the face of a COVID-19 pandemic, both sides are looking to strengthen coordination.

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