EU, China plan to hold summit in March
An anticipated summit between the EU and China at the end of March will see the two parties discussing several key points of conflict between Brussels and Beijing.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced Friday Brussels and Beijing were to hold a summit in late March.
"An EU-China summit is planned, at first glance for the end of March. It will give me a chance to travel to China to prepare for it," Borrell announced after an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brest, France.
The last EU-China summit took place via video conference in June 2020 between the presidents of the EU institutions and Chinese leaders.
European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Borrell spoke then spoke with Chinese premier Li Keqiang ahead of a summit with President Xi Jinping.
The summit "will be an important moment to see where we are in our relations with China. There are things that are going well, others less well," Borrell said.
The summit comes in light of EU concerns over China's actions against Lithuania, which the bloc says had repercussions on other countries.
In November, China downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania and stopped issuing visas there in protest at Vilnius's decision to allow Taiwan to open a representative office under its own name.