Wen Jiabao, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso
© European Union 2012
The 15th summit with China, held on 20 September 2012 in Brussels, provided strategic guidance to the increasingly rich cooperation between the two sides.
"Economic and financial issues in Europe, in China and in the rest of the world were a crucial part of our talks," President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said in their joint press statement.
The Presidents thanked Prime Minister Wen Jiabao for the support "received from himself and from the Chinese leadership throughout the euro crisis". "We agree that in light of our closer cooperation and increasing economic interdependence the stability and integrity of the euro zone has a positive economic impact also on China."
The relationship between the EU and China has developed greatly under the premiership of Mr Wen, for whom this was the tenth and final summit with European leaders. At the same time, this meeting laid the foundations for the further development of relations under China's new leadership.
Trade is a key component for EU-China economic relations. "The EU is China's biggest trading partner and China is our second and fastest growing partner," the two Presidents pointed out.
Both sides are committed to launching negotiations of an EU-China investment agreement as soon as their internal procedures are completed. The agreement would cover not only traditional investment protection but also market access.
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The leaders also addressed international issues such as the situation in Syria and the Iranian nuclear programme.
The first EU-China Mayors' Forum, held on 19 and 20 September, brought together 50 mayors and other relevant actors from Europe and China to exchange experiences on sustainable urban development under the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership launched earlier this year.
Press statement by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso (pdf)
Joint press communiqué of the summit (pdf)
EU and China join forces to address environment, urbanisation and climate change challenges (Commission press release)
EU-China summit factsheet (pdf)
EU-China trade in facts and figures, September 2012 (Commission doc. in pdf)
EU relations with China (EEAS website)
EU delegation in Beijing website