10 Sep 2020
EC and China hold first High-level Digital Dialogue
On 10 September 2020, the European Commission held its first High-level Digital Dialogue with China, in preparation of the videoconference between EU and Chinese Leaders on 14 September. The online dialogue was chaired by Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, and the Vice Premier of China, Liu He. It covered key issues such as Information and Communication Technologies standard setting, Artificial Intelligence, Product Safety of articles sold online, Digital Taxation, and Research and Innovation. Several other Commissioners, including the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel, also participated in the discussions, alongside their Chinese counterparts.
At the 2020 EU-China summit on 22 June, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel stressed that the development of new digital technologies must go hand in hand with the respect of fundamental rights and data protection. The EU had also raised outstanding issues on cybersecurity and disinformation. The EC states that the EU stands ready to cooperate with China based on principles of sustainability, reciprocity and level playing field.
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