EU officials speak highly of constructive meeting with China

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Added On September 16, 2020

 Top European Union officials have commented positively on their video meeting with Chinese leadership, which reaffirmed the commitment to maintain common interests and address differences.

 
At a press conference after the meeting, European Council President Charles Michel said that they had discussed topics including climate change, trade issues, international affairs and human rights, as well as COVID-19 and economic recovery.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): CHARLES MICHEL, European Council President
 
"Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field. The meeting represents another step forward in forging a more balanced relationship with China. We strive for a relationship that delivers on our mutual commitment that generates concrete results for both sides, and results that are also good for the world."
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, also emphasized the principles of reciprocity and fair competition.
 
She also named the new agreement on geographical indications (GI)  as "a practical step when it comes to the economic and trade issues."
 
On the EU-China investment agreement, EU officials emphasized that more work is needed on the issue of rebalancing market access and on sustainable development.
 
Both China and the EU reaffirmed their objective of closing the remaining gaps before the end of the year.
 
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also emphasized the discussion on COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it is very important to engage in the global framework.