The European Union and China sat on the table at a summit organized via video conference after two years. Although the meeting was planned before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this issue inevitably became the focus of the summit.
The EU is uncomfortable with China ‘s stance supporting Russia on the invasion of Ukraine. Heeding the EU’s suggestion to stay away from approaches that would put economic relations at risk, China did not signal that it would make any changes in its position.
The summit was held in two stages. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, first met with Chinese Premier Li Keçiang and then with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The EU wing asked China to use its influence and diplomacy to bring the war to an end. China,