EU-China united on climate, divided on trade

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EU and Chinese leaders emphasised on Friday (2 June) the need for closer relations in an unstable world, whilst concealing disagreements behind their unity on fighting climate change in the face of the US retreat from the Paris agreement.

“My impression is that it was the most fruitful and most promising summit,” European Council president Donald Tusk said after a meeting with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

He said that they “found what [they] have in common”, but admitted that they “still need more time to be more precise in some aspects”.

“Stable” EU-China relations are “useful to counter instability in this world,” noted the Chinese premier, who added that this “requires our constant efforts to resolve existing issues”.

The 19th EU-China summit signified a remarkable shift in global politics, as Trump’s pullout from the Paris deal once again cast doubts on the US’ leading role in international affairs, and prompted a more confident EU-China rapprochement…

Read more : EUObserver, 02.06.2017