EU-China strategic dialogue
Tuesday 10 July 2012
The European Union and China agreed to enhance cooperation on international issues and to hold regular dialogues on defence and security policy during their third high-level strategic dialogue, held on 9-10 July. Agreeing that the EU and China share common interests, they concurred on the need to find common ground for effective international cooperation. China reaffirmed its support for European integration and Europe’s efforts to solve its debt crises, a joint statement read. “Today we talked about our strong trade and investment links and our aspiration to see them develop,” said High Representative Catherine Ashton. “Later today we will continue to talk about some of the international issues that concern us,” she added, without giving details. An annual bilateral summit between the EU and China is scheduled for the autumn, during which the parties are expected to discuss trade and investment, as well as rural development and food and water security.