China promises to deepen cooperation with the European Union
EU unhappy with US-China trade deal
China’s chief diplomat Yang Jiechi promised to deepen cooperation with the European Union in an increasingly «complex» world since bloc expressed frustration over China-US trade deal last week.
Jan spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new President of the European Council Charles Michel on the sidelines of a conference in Berlin on Sunday, as leaders gathered to discuss Libya’s civil war.
Discussions also focused on trade, a major EU-China investment agreement, and signs of European frustration over the first phase of a US-China trade agreement..
Under the terms of an agreement signed by US President Donald Trump and China’s chief negotiator Liu He in Washington, Beijing agreed to purchase more US $ 200 billion in goods and services over the next two years. This is on top of the $ 188 billion base Chinese purchases of US goods that were recorded in 2017, before the start of the trade war..
On Thursday, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan revealed the details of the deal «a little sketchy» and said that «it won’t be good for competitiveness or jobs».
During a meeting with Michel, who took office in December, Yang said that China is ready to work with the EU to «ensure the success of a number of important items on the EU-China agenda this year», according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The parties have pledged to complete a bilateral investment deal by the end of the year, which is expected to be the highlight of the summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and EU leaders in Leipzig, Germany, in September..
«Strengthening communication, coordination and cooperation between China and the EU and jointly defending multilateralism to ensure the stable development of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the EU is not only in the common interests of both sides, but also brings more stability, confidence and positive energy to the whole world», – said Ian.
At a meeting with Merkel, Yang said that China and Germany should strengthen cooperation in the conditions «complex and changing world situation». Chancellor told Jan that Germany highly values China’s constructive role in addressing regional and international issues.
Merkel said she personally prepares the agenda for China-Germany and China-EU relations, Foreign Ministry said.
The conference on Libya was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as well as representatives of the EU, the African Union and the League of Arab States. They were among the signatories of joint statements calling for stricter compliance with the UN arms embargo in the conflict zone..
Yang said China stands ready to work with the international community to continue to make positive contributions to «restoration of peace, stability and development» in Libya, a country plagued by war since former leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and assassinated in 2011.