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Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation of the communication "Building a Comprehensive Partnership with China." COM (2000) 552 final, 8 September 2000

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Microsoft Word - DGrelex-PE-COM_2000_552-H2-Gray-CHINA_EN_ACTE.doc COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 08.09.2000 COM(2000) 552 final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the Implementation of the Communication "Building a Comprehensive Partnership with China" 2 REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the Implementation of the Communication "Building a Comprehensive Partnership with China" Executive Summary The main aims of the Commission's 1998 Communication <<Building a Comprehensive Partnership with China>> 1were to engage China further in the international community, to support China's transition to an open society and to integrate China further into the global economy. To achieve these aims, the Commission hoped, inter alia, to upgrade the political dialogue, encourage China's interest in ASEM and Asian regional issues, and strike the right terms for China's accession to the WTO. The Commission would also use the EU's experience and expertise to add value in assisting China's reform process, and to add human rights, the environment and sustainable development to the agenda. Since the Communication was adopted, the EU-China relationship has greatly intensified. The first annual EU-China summits in 1998 and 1999 laid the groundwork for a more broadly based political dialogue. At the same time, an increasing succession of meetings and dialogues at all levels, and in numerous areas of concern both to the EU and to China, improved communication and promoted mutual understanding. The agenda dialogue has been expanded to include regional security, economic and trade issues, and human rights. This could be broadened further, as noted in the 1998 Communication, to include other global issues such as illegal immigration and eventually drug-trafficking, money laundering and organised crime. On 19 May 2000, the EU and China signed a Bilateral Agreement, paving the way for China’s accession to the World

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