Visit of Catherine Ashton to China
On 27 April 2013, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, went to Beijing where she met with Yang Jiechi, Chinese State Councillor, Wang Yi, Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chang Wanquan, Chinese Minister for Defence and State Councilor, and Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (Cppcc).
The visit came at an important moment in the development of EU/China relations because the country had just completed its leadership change and both sides were intent on taking the EU/China relationship forward.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the Chinese Ministry for Defence in Beijing (3 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and handshake with Chang Wanquan, Chinese Minister for Defence (4 shots)
||Group photo in the presence of: David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (EEAS), 3rd, Catherine Ashton, 5th, Chang Wanquan, 6th, Markus Ederer, Head of the EU Delegation to China, 7th, and Viorel Isticioaia Budura, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific in the EEAS, 8th (from left to right) (2 shots)
||Round table with Catherine Ashton and Chang Wanquan (9 shots)
||Exterior views of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Beijing (2 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton and handshake with Wang Yi, Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs (3 shots)
||Round table with Catherine Ashton and Wang Yi (6 shots)
||Exterior views of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (2 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton and handshake with Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (Cppcc) (2 shots)
||Round table with Catherine Ashton and Yu Zhengsheng (6 shots)
||Exterior views of the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
||Cutaway of Chinese Soliders
||Cutaway of a black swan
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton and handshake with Yang Jiechi, Chinese State Councillor (2 shots)
||Round table with Yang Jiechi and Catherine Ashton (7 shots)
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): Well, first of all this was an opportunity to meet the new leadership in China, to make contact with my interlocutors, so I was very pleased to have a meeting this morning with the Defence Minister, General Chang. This was a chance for us to catch up on the collaboration we’ve had, the seminar that’s taken place in Brussels, the opportunities in terms of our anti-piracy work to collaborate further and the exchanges we can have between our military personnel. So I hope we’ll see advances in all of those areas, in the coming weeks and months. I also met with the new Foreign Minister, Minister Wang. We had a chance to talk about the bilateral relationship, especially as we build up towards the 16th EU-China Summit, later this year. A real focus on some of the areas of work we’ve been developing – urbanisation, how we develop the rural economy, the green growth agenda – these are some of the areas I think we’ll focus on at the Summit, later in the year. I met too with State Councillor Yang, the former Foreign Minister, who I have already established a good relationship with, and had a chance, with him, to talk about some of the international issues - -they’re support for the work I am doing on the Iran talks, our concerns about what is happening in North Korea, the broader challenges in the South China Seas and of course in our own neighbourhood, the challenges in the south, especially our concerns about the growing conflict, and the terrible situation in Syria. I think overall, it was an opportunity to strengthen and deepen our economic and political ties.