20th EU-China Summit Fosters Strategic Partnerships

At the 20th EU-China summit on 16-17 July The EU and China agreed to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, represented the EU and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hosted. Additionally, the EU leaders had talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two sides celebrated the 15th anniversary of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and as a successful example of such growing ties both parties welcomed the activities already held within the framework of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY), and committed to further advancing the relevant activities within that framework, facilitating tourism cooperation and two-way people-to-people exchanges, as is clear in the joint statement released after the summit: “This has greatly enhanced the level of EU-China relations, with fruitful outcomes achieved in politics, economy, trade, culture, people-to-people exchanges and other fields. The Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepening their partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilisation.”