At the fourteenth EU-China Summit held in Beijing on 14 February 2012, leaders of the two sides agreed to establish the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD).
The EU-China HPPD, the third pillar of EU-China relations, complements the other two pillars – the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and the High Level Strategic Dialogue. The HPPD is the overarching mechanism, which accommodates all EU-China joint initiatives in the field of people to people exchanges.
On 18 April 2012 the EU and China held in Brussels the first round of the HPPD. On that occasion Commissioner Vassiliou and State Councillor Liu Yandong signed an HPPD Joint Declaration and endorsed a document with follow-up actions.
As a follow-up to the first round of the dialogue, an HPPD Forum was held in Flagey in the afternoon of the same day.
In November 2012 Commissioner Vassiliou and State Councillor Liu Yandong met again in Beijing to take stock of the positive progress of the HPPD-related actions. On that occasion Commissioner Vassiliou also met with Minister of Culture Cai Wu, intervened in the closing ceremony of the EU-China Year of Inter-Cultural Dialogue (with the adoption of a Joint Declaration on EU-China cultural cooperation ) and participated in the China-EU Multilingualism conference at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU).
On 25 April 2013 the first meeting of the Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchanges (HEPCE) took place in Brussels (see the Report ). On the occasion Commissioner Vassiliou met Vice-Minister of Education Du Yubo to discuss HPPD's future perspectives.