EU-China Strategic Dialogue: Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the Press Conference (Excerpts)

June 9, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Military

Thank you for waiting.

The meeting and discussions with the [State Councillor and] Foreign Affairs Minister of China, Wang Yi, has been longer than expected. It has been a long meeting. This was the 10th annual Strategic Dialogue between the European Union and China to prepare the forthcoming Summit.

It was my first strategic dialogue with the Foreign Affairs Minister as High Representative, but it was already our fourth opportunity for discussions since I started my mandate.


We talked about non-proliferation, including the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the Iran nuclear deal]. As coordinator for the implementation of this agreement, I expressed to my Chinese counterpart my appreciation for the support they are giving to maintain the efforts to keep this agreement in place.


Q. Did you discuss the US push for an arms embargo extension under the JCPOA? What would you do about it?

This is a point on which we agree. We agree that the embargo was taken at a certain moment with a certain time schedule. The United States have withdrawn from the JCPOA and now they cannot claim that they are still part of it in order to deal with this issue from the JCPOA agreement. They withdrew; it is clear.