Brussels: The European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a high-level virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss their relationships on Monday, 14 September 2020.
The video call was a downgraded version of the initially planned in-person summit of Xi and the heads of state of all 27-member states to be held in Leipzig, Germany, this September. But the in-person summit was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting addressed “four key issues”: climate change, economic and trade issues, “international affairs and human rights,” and “COVID-19 and economic recovery.”
President Michel raised concerns over the treatments of minorities in Tibet and the treatment of human rights defenders and journalists.
He also hopes to make a field visit to Tibet during the upcoming EU-China Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing later this year. Read President Michel’s full statement below.
-Filed by Offie of Tibet, Brussels