19th EU-China Summit to take place in Brussels tomorrow

On Friday 2 June, Brussels will play host to the 19th Summit between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. The European Union will be represented by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. They will be accompanied by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström. China will be represented by the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi. Relations between the European Union and China have become both broader and deeper in recent years, and the Summit will provide an opportunity for both sides to take stock of a number of achievements since the last summit took place, to look at ways in which they can further increase their cooperation, and to address areas of mutual interest. The Summit is expected to deliver a number of important outcomes, notably on climate change and green energy, as well as in the areas of customs cooperation, competition policy, geographical indications, intellectual property, collaboration in research and innovation projects, tourism, investment facilitation, blue growth, and energy cooperation. These will be revealed at a signing ceremony tomorrow at 12:30. Already this evening, leaders will have an informal preparatory dinner ahead of the Summit, whilst tomorrow morning, President Juncker, Commissioner Malmström and their Chinese counterparts will speak at the 12th EU-China Business Summit. Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will attend the High Level Energy Dialogue, which takes place back-to-back to summit.Coverage will be available live on EbS.For more information on EU-China relations, read the factsheet or consult the memo.