Merkel: The EU-China summit should be rescheduled in full

Photo: Angela Merkel (via dts news agency)
Photo: Angela Merkel (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke out after the virtual EU-China summit in favor of catching up on a full-format meeting in physical form. This will probably happen after the German EU Council Presidency in Brussels, said Merkel on Monday afternoon in Berlin. The appointment on Monday was a “good, honest, open exchange” that should be continued.

“I am satisfied that we were able to address issues that are difficult in the dialogue with China,” said Merkel. Among other things, she mentioned Hong Kong, dealing with minorities and human rights. On the subject of trade, the Chancellor said that it had succeeded in taking a first step on trade and economic issues.

That is good news. Pressure was put on Beijing to make progress on the planned investment agreement. “Overall, cooperation with China must be based on certain principles.”

The Chancellor listed among other things reciprocity and fair competition. Multilateralism must be “rule-based”, said Merkel. Originally, the EU-China summit with all EU heads of state and government was supposed to take place in Leipzig.

However, this was canceled due to the corona pandemic. Instead, the video conference took place on Monday afternoon, in addition to Merkel, EU Council President Charles Michel, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Chinese President Xi Jinping.