Merkel: EU Summit On China Called Off As Virus Resurges
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. European Union leaders met for the second day of an EU summit, amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, to discuss topics on foreign policy issues. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)
A planned European Union summit on the bloc's China policy that was to be held in Berlin next month has been called off because of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.
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- Last Updated: October 16, 2020, 19:06 IST
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BRUSSELS: A planned European Union summit on the bloc’s China policy that was to be held in Berlin next month has been called off because of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.
The 27-nation EUs leaders had planned to meet in Berlin on Nov. 16 to discuss policy toward China.
Merkel said after an EU summit in Brussels on Friday that the meeting wont go ahead. We will have to do without it, because I think that is a necessary message in terms of (reducing) contacts, she added.
New coronavirus infections are surging across Europe, prompting governments to impose renewed restrictions.
Germany currently holds the EUs rotating presidency. Its plans to hold a meeting of leaders from the EU’s member countries and China in the German city of Leipzig in September were already dashed by the pandemic.
In the end, Merkel and the EUs top officials held a videoconference with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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