EU and China sign several deals at Prague summit

The European Union and China have agreed to increase co-operation in the field of environmentally friendly development with a view to decreasing greenhouse gases. At a summit at Prague Castle on Wednesday afternoon, held as part of the Czech Republic’s six-month presidency of the EU, the two sides also signed a science and technology partnership that European officials hope will reduce copyright piracy in China, and a joint statement on an EU-China clean energy centre. The meeting, chaired by Czech President Václav Klaus, was attended by China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The last scheduled EU-China meeting was cancelled in December over Beijing’s opposition to a meeting between Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, when France held the rotating EU presidency.

Author: Ian Willoughby