March 17, 2020 / 9:39 AM / in 2 months

EU-China summit postponed by coronavirus, EU Commission says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A summit between China and the European Union has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission said on Tuesday, confirming a Reuters report on March 12.

China never publicly gave a date for the meeting between Premier Li Keqiang and the new European Commission and European Council presidents, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, but EU diplomats said March 30-31 had been agreed.

“The EU and China have decided jointly that the EU-China summit would not take place for the time being, in order to allow both sides to focus on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” an EU spokeswoman said.

“The two sides will remain in contact to agree on a date once the situation begins to normalize, including a proper preparatory process to allow substantive results,” the spokeswoman said.

The summit had been due to take place in Beijing.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alex Richardson

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