EU and China to hold talks via video-conferencing

The European Union and China is to hold crucial talks so to discuss their future trading relationship. The talks being held in a bid to minimize the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled to start at 08:00 GMT on June 22.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel who is the EU’s Chief Executive and Chairman, will hold a summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Chinese President Xi Jinping via video conferencing.

The summit is the first formal talks between the EU and China since their ties soured over European accusations that Beijing had spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus.

The leaders of the EU and China are expected to discuss a range of topics, including efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and trade investment, economic recovery, as well as climate change and scientific and technological innovation.

The signing of the joint statements is less likely expected after the summit.

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