The European Union and China want to work together more closely in the future.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced this on Tuesday morning after a quartet of four in the Élysée Palace in Paris.
“The dialogue between China and Europe has become imperative to define global balance and to describe multilateralism,” said Macron. The meeting was about bilateral relations between China and the EU, but also about multilateralism. For example, the problems caused by climate change could only be solved multilaterally, Macron said. On the subject of trade, the French president said that it was also about “showing that cooperation brings more than confrontation”.
The partnership between Europe and China must be “exemplary and deliver tangible results,” he said. However, he also acknowledged that there was still no consensus on several points. He called on China to respect the “unity of the EU”. The Chinese president also highlighted his country’s similarities with France and the EU.
For example, work together for peace throughout the world. He also campaigned for more multilateralism. Meanwhile, Merkel announced an EU-China summit with all governments for 2020. The EU Commission President was open to closer cooperation with China: “China and Europe must do great things together,” Juncker said.
But this must happen “not in confrontation” but “in the spirit of cooperation”, he added.