US EU to issue robust statement on China

The United States and the European Union are scheduled to issue a “robust” joint statement after emerging from a meeting on Thursday on their approach to China underscoring a convergence on the challenges posed by Beijing, said a senior U.S. State Department official.

“Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Secretary General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino will co-chair a second U.S.-EU Dialogue on China on Thursday and high-level consultations on the Indo-Pacific on Friday”, said the State Department.

As per a senior official from the US State Department, Thursday’s meeting would focus on areas for cooperation in the U.S. and EU policies on China, including economic and technology issues, multilateralism, disinformation, human rights, security and how to pursue “results-oriented cooperation” with China in areas where their interests converge.

“We expect the statement to be robust and cover a range of topics far broader and more detailed than the first joint statement released in May,” said the official.

“This reflects the increasingly convergent U.S. and EU outlook on the PRC and its increasingly concerning behavior. And it demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach to rebuild our alliances and partnerships as we compete with the PRC”.

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