14th EU-China Summit, Beijing
We want China to be part of the solution in addressing some of the pressing issues facing the international community
updated 14 February
In the statement following the 14th EU-China Summit in Beijing, President Barroso said that EU-China's "partnership is one of the most important in the world today." Furthermore, the President underlined the benefits of Europe's open policies and open markets for China's economy. After discussing a number of new initiatives with Chinese Premier Wen, President Barroso announced that a new important pillar in EU-China cooperation - "People-to-People Dialogue" - was launched, and a new Partnership on Sustainable Urbanisation, which will allow both sides to cooperate on low carbon development, green economy, urban planning, mobility, energy supply, water and air quality, waste management and inclusion of migrants, was also established. Additionally, the bilateral cooperation on global issues was stepped up.
"With global power comes global responsibility and we want China to be part of the solution in addressing some of the pressing issues facing the international community from Climate Change to cyber-security," concluded the President.
A forward-looking and growing EU-China partnership can represent an important pillar for global stability and prosperity
European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will attend the 14th EU-China Summit with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on 14 February 2012. In advance of the summit, President Barroso said: "The foundations of our relationship are tried and tested but our common wish is to take it even further. We face common challenges and the world needs cooperative and responsible partnerships to overcome them. It is now, more than ever, that we must act together. I believe that a forward-looking and growing EU-China partnership can represent an important pillar for global stability and prosperity." The summit provides an important opportunity to engage with a key EU partner, and send a signal of mutual confidence in each other’s economies. Both parties share a determination to contribute to global recovery and stability.