Angela Merkel says European Union discussed HK with Xi Jinping

Monday, September 14, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the EU leaders discussed Hong Kong, and issues with minorities in China with President Xi Jinping at the virtual summit today.

She made the comments at a live briefing following the virtual summit. Merkel, represents Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU.

On economic relations, Merkel said: "In the last 15 years, China has become much stronger economically and this means that the demand for reciprocity - for a level playing field - is of course very justified today."

Referring to speeding up talks on the EU-China investment agreement, Merkel said: "We put on pressure ... to make progress on the investment agreement.

"Overall, cooperation with China must be based on certain principles - reciprocity, fair competition. We are different social systems, but while we are committed to multilateralism, it must be rules-based," she added.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also joined the virtual summit.

EU Co-President Charles Michel co-chaired the meeting with  Xi.

Michel said the EU wants a more balanced trade relationship with China.-Reuters/The Standard