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EU-China summit on the theme of green growth in a safer world

The 16th EU-China summit took place in Beijing on 21 November 2013. It covered a wide range of subjects and launched new initiatives.

Discussions at the summit focussed on: 

EU - China bilateral and economic cooperation: Leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, in particular innovation, urbanisation partnership, agriculture, migration and mobility as well as people-to-people exchanges. In terms of economic cooperation, the focus was mainly on trade and market access as well as the launch of negotiations on an investment agreement (under the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership). 

International and regional issues. Leaders examined recent developments in the EU's and China's respective neighbourhoods. This included among other issues Asian regional security and ASEAN. The importance of bringing lasting peace and stability to Syria and its people was also one of the main topics of discussion. 

Global issues. The global economy and the two parties' efforts and contributions to economic stability and prosperity were considered. This also included cooperation within the G20. Global security cooperation and climate change were other important topics that were addressed. 

The EU, represented by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, met Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the summit. They attended the summit together with Chinese Prime Minister Li Kiqiang. Commissioners Siim Kallas, Karel de Gucht, Günther Oettinger and Johannes Hahn also participated in the summit. 

President Herman Van Rompuy summarised the outcome of the summit:

"Our summit today has been an important building block in the EU-China relationship. We have agreed that we will enhance our Strategic Partnership pursuing peace, prosperity and sustainable development for our two sides and for the world at large. We have set out our mid-to-long term ambitions in the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda which we have agreed at this summit. We are looking forward to its implementation and to reviewing it during future summit meetings."


Also on the agenda 

The summit also marked the 10th anniversary of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and provided an opportunity to launch new initiatives to take the relationship forward in the next decade.  

In the margins of the summit, an EU-China Business Summit and an Urbanisation Forum were organised. 


EU- China diplomatic relations date back to 1975 and the EU-China Strategic Partnership was launched in 2003. It is based on the 1985 trade and cooperation agreement and has since grown to include a multitude of activities in areas such as creating opportunities for businesses, international security, environmental protection and academic exchange. 

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