European Council conclusions on China, 30 June 2023

32. The European Council continued its strategic discussion on the EU’s relations with China and reaffirmed

the EU’s multifaceted policy approach towards China, where it is simultaneously a partner, a competitor and a systemic rival.

Despite their different political and economic systems, the European Union and China have a shared interest in pursuing constructive and stable relations,

anchored in respect for the rules-based international order, balanced engagement and reciprocity.

33. The European Union will continue to engage with China to tackle global challenges and encourages China to take more ambitious action on climate change and biodiversity,

health and pandemic preparedness, food security, disaster reduction, debt relief, and humanitarian assistance.

34. The European Union and China continue to be important trade and economic partners. The European Union will seek to ensure a level playing field,

so that the trade and economic relationship is balanced, reciprocal and mutually beneficial. In line with the Versailles agenda,

the European Union will continue to reduce critical dependencies and vulnerabilities, including in its supply chains, and will de-risk and diversify where necessary and appropriate.