Chinese President Xi Jinping met today in Beijing with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
This is the 24th EU-China leadership meeting, notes Xinhua.
Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel will also meet with Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Reuters notes.
According to China Central Television, the meeting started at 11:00 a.m. local time.
At his meeting with European leaders today, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the European Union to work with China for the sake of global stability, Chinese state media reported.
“China and the European Union should partner in mutually beneficial cooperation and continuously strengthen mutual political trust,” the Chinese leader told Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel.
Xi also said that the EU should “eliminate all kinds of interference” in bilateral relations with China, Reuters reported.
The European Union wants “stable and mutually beneficial relations” with China, said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, quoted by France Press.
“Quite naturally, we will uphold today our European values, including human rights and democracy,” added Charles Michel.
“We must respond to global challenges together and work together to contribute to the stability and prosperity of the world,” Xi Jinping urged.
President Xi Jinping met with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. pic.twitter.com/IW8haZdR5k
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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in her turn asked Brussels and Beijing to pay attention to the “imbalances and differences” between them.
“China is the EU’s biggest trading partner. However, there are obviously imbalances and differences,” which we need to address, Von der Leyen said.
According to her data, the EU’s trade deficit with China has doubled in two years to reach €390 billion last year.
The Asian giant, for its part, said yesterday that the policy of the union to limit the export of high-tech products for it is devoid of logic.
Brussels and Beijing are resuming diplomatic contacts after the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is the first live EU-China summit in more than four years, notes AFP.
Source: BTA/Nikolay Stanoev