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Council conclusions on EU strategy on China

The Council discussed China and adopted the EU strategy on China for the coming years.

 

  1. The Council welcomes the High Representative's and European Commission's Joint Communication "Elements for a new EU Strategy on China", which together with these conclusions, provides the policy framework for EU engagement with China over the coming years.
  2. The Council sees major opportunities for cooperation with China, in particular contributing to creating jobs and growth in the European Union, engaging China in its reform process in a way which ensures openness, a level playing field, and genuine mutual benefits. These go hand-in-hand with important opportunities to work with China to promote global public goods, sustainable development and international security, and to address global and regional challenges within the multilateral system.
  3. The EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation fulfils an important role as the highest-level joint document guiding the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The EU's Strategy on China promotes the EU's own interests as well as universal values; it recognises the need for and helps to define an increased role for China in the international system; and is based on a positive agenda of partnership coupled with the constructive management of differences.
  4. The Council expects the EU’s relationship with China to be one of reciprocal benefit in all respects. The EU’s engagement with China is principled, practical, and pragmatic, staying true to our values and interests. The EU also expects China to assume responsibilities in line with its global impact and to support the rules-based international order from which it, too, benefits.

 

www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/fac/2016/07/18/

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