European Union(EU) and China todayBeijingHold a high-level digital dialogue to revive the mechanism that has been suspended since initial talks between the two sides in September 2020, and pave the way for high-level economic talks next week and a possible EU-China summit before the end . of the year.
Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the Executive Commission in charge of values and policy transparency, held talks with Zhang Guoqing, Vice Premier of the State Council of China, according to a press release issued by the European Commission today after the talks. Beijing. Didier Reynders, member of the Executive Committee for Consumer Rights, also participated via video call.
In addition to explaining to China the latest progress on the EU’s two new digital laws, the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, EU officials also exchanged information.artificial intelligence(AI) Standard approach.
The Executive Committee reported that the EU stressed to China that the ethical use of artificial intelligence “must fully respect universal human rights” and urged the Chinese government to ensure a fair and reciprocal trading environment in the digital sector. At the same time, representatives of the Executive Committee also complained that China’s newly amended “Counter Espionage Law” has made it difficult for EU companies to obtain industrial information in China. The issue will also be discussed at the EU-China Economic Dialogue starting in September. To find solution 25.
The EU–China High-level Digital Dialogue started in September 2020 and was then suspended. Its continuation was not announced until the visit of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to China in April this year. The dialogue also announced that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) dialogue mechanism established by Europe and China since 2009 will be reinstated. This mechanism has also been suspended since 2020.
The holding of the EU-China Digital Dialogue and Economic Dialogue is seen as a warm-up to the possible resumption of an EU-China summit before the end of the year.
In April last year, a video summit between Van der Leyen, EU Council President Charles Michel and Chinese President Xi Jinping led to a standoff over China’s reluctance to condemn Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine. EU officials described it as “tone deaf”. “Talks” have been successfully held this year, the Russia-Ukraine war and the EU’s “de-risking” of China’s economy will still be the two major foci of contention.