Full Text: List of Outcomes of the 19th China-EU Summit

2017-06-04 09:18Xinhua Editor: Feng Shuang ECNS App Download

The following is the full text of the list of outcomes of the 19th China-EU Summit:

H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and H.E. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, met in Brussels on 1 and 2 June 2017 for the 19th China-EU Summit. Premier Li and President Juncker jointly attended the China-EU Business Summit, China-EU SMEs Matchmaking Event and China-EU Dialogue on Innovation Cooperation.

The leaders of the two sides applauded the positive outcomes of the summit, and commended the fruitful progress of China-EU relations in politics, economy, culture, people-to-people and other fields. Following the principles of mutual respect, equality, mutual trust and mutual benefit, the two sides will continue to make full use of the 70 or so China-EU dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, including the Summit, the High-Level Strategic Dialogue, the High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and the High-Level People-to-People Dialogue, enhance the partnerships for peace, growth, reform and civilization, and further expand bilateral, regional and global cooperation.

China and the EU reached a series of new cooperation initiatives on deepening China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for mutual benefit, which include the following:

1. The leaders of the two sides agreed that as comprehensive strategic partners, strengthening China-EU cooperation in all respects is of greater strategic importance than ever before. The two sides committed themselves to upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, safeguarding the WTO rules and fostering an open world economy.

2. The two sides acknowledged the unprecedented level of maturity attained in China-EU relations. The EU reaffirmed its commitment to the One-China principle. China reaffirmed its support for European integration.

3. The EU supported China's commitment to comprehensively deepening reform and its implementation of the 13th Five-Year Plan for economic and social development. China expressed its support for the EU's efforts to promote growth, investment and regulatory reform. The two sides will fully implement the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, strengthen synergies between their respective development strategies, and push forward China-EU cooperation.

4. The two sides applauded the successful outcomes of the 7th China-EU High-Level Strategic Dialogue, and agreed to continue to conduct consultation and dialogue on foreign policy and regional affairs, and further enhance security and defense cooperation through the regular Security and Defense Dialogue. The two sides exchanged views on international and regional hotspot issues of shared interest.

5. The two sides agreed to hold ad-hoc expert level consultations on counter-terrorism, and promote multilateral and bilateral cooperation on countering violent extremism and terrorism through the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the Financial Action Task Force. The two sides welcomed the signing of the agreement on strategic cooperation between the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and Europol on 19 April 2017.

6. The two sides agreed to enhance synergies between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Investment Plan for Europe, and welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding Aiming at Facilitating a Co-investment Framework by China's Silk Road Fund and the European Investment Fund and the establishment of the China-EU Joint Investment Fund. The two sides committed to pushing forward relevant cooperation in the framework of multilateral development institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

7. The two sides committed to working closely with the German Presidency and other members of the G20 to ensure that the forthcoming summit in Hamburg will, building on the G20 Hangzhou Summit, deliver successful outcomes and contribute to strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.

8. The two sides discussed the EU's fulfillment of its obligations under Article 15 of China's WTO Accession Protocol and expanded common understanding on this issue. China underscored that the EU should honor its Article 15 obligations and send a signal of respecting international rules to the international community and market. The EU said it is in the process of amending the relevant legislation and commits to doing so in a non-discriminatory manner and consistent with WTO rules.


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