China-EU special summit to have trade focus, as US election looms

China-EU special summit to have trade focus, as US election looms

  • Extraordinary summit will prioritise EU-China investment agreement, source reveals
  • Talks by video between President Xi Jinping and some European leaders come as EU plots its path through US-China rivalry

Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a video summit with some European Union leaders in mid-September that is set to put trade in the spotlight just weeks before the US presidential election, the South China Morning Post has learned.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are expected to join the September 14 summit, alongside Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, presidents of the European Council and European Commission respectively.The EU is negotiating with China over a potential investment agreement that seeks to protect European business interests in the world’s second-biggest economy.