EYEAFRICA TV: Brussels, BELGIUM: The Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Minister of Foreign Affairs will tomorrow take part at a two day summit in Belgium city of Brussels.
The 19th bilateral summit between the European Union and China will be hosted by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, accompanied by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström.
This year summit will be the first since the adoption of the new EU strategy on China in July 2016, which sets out how both sides can take advantage of their cooperation to promote long-term benefits for EU and Chinese citizens. It also stresses the need for reciprocal benefits and a level playing field between China and the EU.
The summit will also provide an opportunity for the EU to reiterate its commitment to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law as a core part of the EU’s engagement with China. It should also provide an opportunity to take stock of preparations for the EU-China Year of Tourism (2018), as well as of common activities on oceans governance and agreed priorities for cooperation in this field, starting with the launch of the EU-China ‘Blue Year’ (2017).
Leaders are also expected to address cooperation in multilateral fora, such as on migration and refugees, the G20, and the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Security and defence cooperation will also be discussed, with a focus on peacekeeping cooperation in Africa and enhanced cooperation on counterterrorism. Foreign policy issues The working lunch will be dedicated to foreign and security policy. The two sides are expected to discuss recent developments in their respective neighbourhoods, notably Syria, Libya, Ukraine, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the South China Sea.