Belgium: EU leaders demand 'more balanced relationship' with China

European Leaders called on China to further its economic market with the EU while pressing its ally on human right issue and climate change. European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made their remarks while speaking to the press on Monday in Brussels. «Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field. Today's meeting represents another step forward in forging a more balanced relationship with China» Michel said. Charles Michel also urged China to take responsibility for global subjects such as human rights or climate change. «We reiterated our concerns over China's treatment of minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet and, the treatment of human rights defenders and journalists. We asked for access for independent observers to Xiangcheng» Michel said at the presser. The former defence minister of Germany, Von der Leyen, said she hopes markets will become more open in terms of technology for China. «We expect that the market access barriers in China will be removed, especially for future and emerging digital technologies,» Ursula Von der Leyen added.

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