Brussels: On Thursday 07 December 2023, the 24th EU-China Summit took place in Beijing, China. This was the first in-person summit since 2019.
President of the European Council, Charles Michel and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell, representing the EU, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.
During the joint press conference of the EU leaders following the summit, President Michel in his remarks said “for the European Union, human rights and fundamental freedoms are universal and we will never turn a blind eye to human rights cases. And today we highlighted cases of specific concern such as the human rights violation in Tibet”.
Welcoming President Michel’s remarks at the end of the EU-China summit as a strong political signal, Representative Rigzin Genkhang said, “such pronouncement manifests the importance the EU attaches to issues related to Tibet and that it continues to be high on their agenda”.
Representative Rigzin Genkhang of the Office of Tibet, Brussels, wrote to the EU leaders urging them to raise Tibet with their Chinese counterpart during the summit prior to their departure for Beijing.
The previous EU-China summit took place via videoconference on 01 April 2023.
View the full press conference here.
–Filed by Office of Tibet, Brussels