China and the European Union have agreed to cooperate further on industrial and supply chains, trade and investment and finance and macroeconomics, officials said on Tuesday.
Beijing and the European Union held a high-level economic and trade dialogue amid tensions over a number of issues including the war in Ukraine, Xinjiang and an as yet unratified investment agreement.
Valdis Dombrovskis, executive vice-president of the European Commission, said the EU and China “have a duty to address global challenges”, including those arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine.
He said agreements were also reached on sustainable finance and climate change mitigation.
The dialogue came as European Parliament vice-president Nicola Beer planned to visit Taiwan this week.
The Chinese foreign ministry condemned the visit.
“We urge the European Union side to earnestly abide by the one-China principle, speak and act with prudence on issues related to Taiwan, and prevent any serious disruption in China-Europe relations,” the ministry said.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell