The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell held a meeting by video conference with Chinese State Councilor/Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday.
The High Representative and the State Councilor reviewed recent developments in EU-China relations. They had a frank exchange on the adoption of listings under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime and the announcement on Chinese counter-measures on 22 March. The High Representative stressed the EU’s concerns about developments in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. He also expressed his conviction that EU-China engagement remains essential and that channels of communication need to remain open.
State Councilor/Foreign Minister reiterated his invitation to the High Representative to visit China. High Representative Borrell expressed readiness to hold the regular EU-China Strategic Dialogue in the early autumn and emphasised the importance of resuming the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue that is pending since 2019.