Belgium (Brussels Morning Newspaper), Europe’s business community has issued its wish list for the EU-China Summit that takes place on 6 November.
It comes in a letter from BusinessEurope to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The letter contains the main priorities for European business.
A spokesman for the Brussels-based group said, “China is one of the EU’s major trading partners, but the relationship is facing increasing challenges.
“In our view, it is important to address these challenges, especially the unbalanced market access and the heavy subsidization that leads to overcapacities.
“While the risk of overdependency is fully recognized, we cannot afford to disengage from the Chinese market.
“China also plays a fundamental role in fighting climate change, in international standardization and the multilateral trading system.”
At the summit in Beijing, it is believed, said an EU council source, that the EU will call on China to prevent attempts by Russia “to circumvent or counter the effects sanctions.”
Leaders will discuss the unfolding situation and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, as well as diplomatic engagement to encourage peace in the region.
The EU will be represented by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell.
China will be represented by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.
The summit will cover the following topics:
• EU-China relations
• Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine
• the situation in the Middle East
• climate change • global health and pandemic preparedness.