European Union tells Xi that China must prove investment deal is worthwhile

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2020

"She wants to push China-EU ties onto a healthier track after Germany took the rotating EU presidency on July 1, and before her tenure ends as German chancellor next year", Gu said.

"It is important also to continue understanding the origins of the pandemic and therefore we were very clear that it is very important to give World Health Organization all the possibilities to lead its investigations on the origin of Covid-19", von der Leyen said.

Fourth, China and the European Union should adhere to dialogue and consultation.

"In the last 15 years, China has become much stronger economically and this means that the demand for reciprocity - for a level playing field - is of course very justified today", Dr Merkel said.

In his remarks at the meeting, Xi underlined the need for the two sides to unwaveringly pursue the healthy and steady growth of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership while adhering to the principles of peaceful coexistence, openness and cooperation, multilateralism as well as dialogue and consultation.

However, she emphasised that "there is still a lot that remains to be done in other important and hard chapters of the agreement, particularly in two areas: market access and sustainable development". "China and the European Union need to stay committed to the mainstream of cooperation, resolve misunderstanding through dialogue, overcome difficulties through development and properly manage differences". Beijing must follow up offers of fairer economic policies with actual concessions, they said.

Despite the pandemic, economic and trade cooperation between the two sides remain robust in 2020.

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Turning to human rights issues, Michel said the three had a "quite intense discussion" with Xi, notably on China's restive far western province of Xinjiang, where authorities have cracked down on local Uighurs.

Xi also clarified China's principled position on Hong Kong-related and Xinjiang-related issues, saying that the essence of the issues is to safeguard China's national sovereignty, security and unity, and to protect the rights of people of all ethnic groups to live and work in peace.

The upcoming leaders' meeting is an important move to promote China-EU relations and cooperation, said Shi Mingde, former Chinese ambassador to Germany and chairman of the China-Germany Friendship Association. It is imperative for Europe and China to strengthen cooperation, jointly safeguard multilateralism, resist unilateralism and protectionism, and respond more effectively to various global challenges, which is in line with the common interests of both Europe and China and the worldwide community.

The European side is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in global organizations, promote anti-pandemic worldwide cooperation, maintain free trade, and promote the economic recovery in Europe, China as well as the world at an early date.

The German government has recently announced a set of diplomatic guidelines in a policy document named "Germany-Europe-Asia: shaping the 21st century together", in which partnership with China is focused on such areas as clean coal projects, nuclear non-proliferation and strengthening the functions of the United Nations, Gu noted, adding that 5G infrastructure, public health and digital economy are also the EU's points of interests.

In a direct rebuke of the U.S., China's state-controlled Xinhua news agency commented "certain countries and political forces keep playing the blame game, clamoring for 'decoupling, ' and pulling out of worldwide organizations and agreements".

The leaders also exchanged views on global and regional issues including the Afghanistan and the Iranian nuclear issues, agreeing to strengthen communication and coordination and to make joint efforts in maintaining worldwide and regional security and stability.

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