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US, EU hold discussions on China, Russia, Belarus issues

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Washington, May 27 (MNN) The US and European Union have held discussions on a range of foreign policy issues of mutual concern, such as China, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, and the recent violence in Israel, West Bank and Gaza.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino held their first high-level meeting of the US-EU dialogue on China in Brussels on May 26 (local time).

Both leader highlighted issues of shared concern, including ongoing human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet, erosion of autonomy and democratic processes in Hong Kong, economic coercion, disinformation campaigns, and regional security issues, in particular the situation in the South China Sea.

The two sides reiterated that the US and EU’s relations with China are multifaceted and comprise elements of cooperation, competition, and systemic rivalry.

The two officials also reaffirmed the strength of the US-EU partnership on key foreign policy and security issues.

In a joint statement issued later by the US Department of State and the European External Action Service, both leaders welcomed the upcoming EU-US Summit on June 15 as an important step in the revitalised transatlantic partnership.

They also exchanged views on the eastern Mediterranean, western Balkans, Afghanistan, Syria, Myanmar, the Indo-Pacific, Ethiopia, and Venezuela.
Both leaders agreed to continue close consultations in view of possible joint approaches and actions by the EU and the US that can bring about positive change.

They discussed the importance of Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the work of international organisations, including World Health Organisation forums and the World Health Assembly.

They also discussed pursuing constructive engagement with China on issues such as climate change and non-proliferation, and on certain regional issues.

The next high-level meeting will take place in winter 2021/2022.

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