Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President, will host Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Budapest on Thursday (May 12) in the context of the EU-China Strategic Dialogue.
HRVP Ashton plans to consolidate further the EU's increasingly important foreign and security policy relationship with China during her discussions with State Councillor Dai -- China's highest-ranking foreign policy official -- on issues of common interest and concern in both the international and bilateral spheres.
Catherine Ashton said ahead of the meeting: "This dialogue reflects the high importance that the EU and I personally attach to the EU-China strategic partnership. The EU-China Strategic Dialogue has enabled us to address in a systematic and real way, key global issues that are of importance for both the EU and China.
"You may recall that last year's talks paved the way to the European Council discussions on the EU’s relations with strategic partners. China and Europe are key players in international relations and China’s emergence on the global stage is impressive. Already today our partnership goes beyond bilateral relations and our goal is to work together on issues of global interest and concern."
The meeting in Budapest is an important staging post in preparations for the next EU-China summit later this year. Discussions will focus on international developments -- in particular the events in North Africa and the Arab world -- and various bilateral issues including the global economy, trade, climate change and human rights.
Catherine Ashton and State Councillor Dai will hold a joint press conference at the press centre of the Royal Palace of Gödöllo following the meeting. This event is scheduled to start at 1830 CET.
This will be followed by an on-the-record technical briefing by David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer in the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Chinese Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Mrs Fu Ying.
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