The HRVP is visiting China and India to reaffirm close ties with these important partners and open up new areas for future cooperation.
EU – China cooperation "has never been so important" said the HRVP during her visit to Beijing. Chairing the EU-China Strategic Dialogue alongside the Chinese State Councillor, Yang Jiechi, Mogherini highlighted the importance of working closely to resolve the current crisis in Syria as well as the need to mobilise international support for a peace process in Afghanistan, the crisis in Libya, Africa - where potential was identified for increased cooperation - and matters of security and defence, where Mogherini spoke about "creating further opportunities [for the EU and China] to work together on challenges related to peacekeeping, counter-piracy and counter-terrorism".
While in China Federica Mogherini also spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing, referring to the 30 years of the Erasmus programme and the fact that "300 students and Professors have moved between China and Europe in the last two years alone." She stressed the need for all of us, and particularly for global powers like the European Union and China, to engage: to engage constructively in world affairs, the need to look for win-win solutions, and the importance of rules, and of building a rules-based global order.
Isolation cannot solve any of the issues of our time, said Mogherini. "No crisis is far enough in a globalised world – a world of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, where terrorist groups recruit across continents through the internet. There are no boundaries; there is no far-away place in the world of today." Instead, global powers such as the European Union and China have a responsibility to engage on crucial issues such as ending the war Syria, the situation in the Korean Peninsula and Climate Change and to promote and sustain a rules based order.
She concluded by saying: "We are global powers with global responsibilities – responsibilities that I believe we can fulfil if we work together. I have to tell you that these two days of meetings here have been extremely reassuring for me in terms of seeing a common ground for further cooperation in this direction between the European Union and China."
On her visit to New Dlehi the HRVP held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, and the Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar. Mogherini also opened the EU@60 Treaty of Rome Exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture as part of the celebrations around the 60th anniversary of the European Union.
The visit provided an opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues: from the regional and international crises we collectively face to free and fair trade, as well as on matters of security and defence – notably on maritime security. In an interview with The Times of India ahead of her visit, Mogherini stressed the need to intensify cooperation in view of the magnitude of the challenges ahead, whilst reflecting on the already close partnership of the European Union and India in many areas including intensive cooperation on counter terrorism to joint efforts in the fields of sustainable development and climate change. Whether it is in response to threats from radicalisation and terrorism, regional instability and conflict, or global warming – "global issues require common responses", she said.
In many ways the EU and India are natural partners, sharing common values and interest such as democracy, multilateralism, free and fair trade and sustainable development. Closer cooperation between the European Union and India holds great opportunities.
With work ongoing to conclude a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement, the EU accounts for 13.5% of India’s overall trade, which makes it the country's largest trading partner. Mogherini said that even after the UK leaves the European Union, the EU will remain "the most relevant partner for India [… and] will continue to be a global security provider, the biggest market on earth, the largest development donor". "We will continue to be a global power and a reliable partner for our friends around the world, including India."
Building on the 13th EU-India Summit in Brussels in 2016 and ahead of the 14th bilateral India-EU Summit to be held in New Delhi later this year, the EU and India both expressed a strong desire to further strengthen and deepen their bilateral relations, both on an institutional level, extending political and institutional cooperation, and economic level, deepening trade links and integration by exploring the possibilities to conclude a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement to further deepen the ties between the world's largest democracy and the world's biggest common market.
The HRVP's trip to Asia is an example of how the EU is engagign with major Lgobal Powers to provide global seucirty. This is why partnership is at the core of the EU Global Strategy.
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HRVP Federica Mogherini holds bilateral meetings during her visit to India
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