From the Document: "The European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor to the European Union (EU), and China established diplomatic relations on May 6, 1975. The 42year-old EU-China relationship began as a framework of economic cooperation but has evolved into a comprehensive political, economic, and relationship. Today, the EU's China policy prioritizes the search for reciprocal benefits in political and economic relations while advancing European values, such as the promotion of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and respect for the U.N. Charter's principles. Since 1998, the EU and China have held annual summits, alternating between Brussels and Beijing. The July 2018 summit was the latest example of the EU's long-term interest in, and maintenance of, its political and economic relations with China."
CRS In Focus, IF10252