Disagreements Dominated Yesterday’s EU-China Virtual Summit

CNBC: Trade, human rights and climate: Disagreements dominate EU-China summit* The EU and China have often clashed over human rights issues, trade and economic policy.
* The coronavirus pandemic, which emerged in China in late 2019, has complicated the two regions’ delicate relationship even further.

LONDON — EU and Chinese officials are meeting on Monday, but it will not be the grand ceremony they had hoped for.

Both sides had planned to meet in Leipzig, Germany this month as they looked to sign an investment agreement before the end of 2020. However, with a global pandemic and little progress in their negotiations to date, the grand summit has been scaled down to a video call.

“Trust is very thin,” Yu Jie, senior research fellow at Chatam House, told CNBC.


WNU Editor: This EU – China summit did not end well for China. China expected greater access to European markets, but instead got a lecture on human rights, demands for greater access to Chinese markets, and criticisms on climate change. China’s actions that helped spread the Covid-19 pandemic also soured this summit. In a nutshell, this was the EU’s message to Chinese President Xi …. ‘We won’t be played’, EU tells China’s Xi (Reuters).

More News On Yesterday’s EU – China Virtual Summit

Tear down your barriers, EU says after summit with China’s Xi — Reuters
Germany’s Angela Merkel says ‘political will’ exists to wrap up EU-China investment deal — SCMP
Europe urges China to match its climate ambitions — Euractiv
EU Tells Xi That China Must Show Investment Deal Worthwhile — Bloomberg
Why the EU and China can’t come to terms — David Hutt, Asia Times

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