US, EU to resume talks on China

The United States and the European Union have agreed to restart high-level talks on China amid mounting tensions over alleged human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The US and the EU launched a framework for discussing matters relating to China last October. However, talks have been suspended since the US presidential transition in January.

The agreement to resume talks was confirmed in a joint statement issued on Wednesday, following a meeting in Brussels between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

Blinken said in a joint news conference that "we can approach Beijing most effectively when we are working together, and coordinating our approaches."
Earlier this month, he described the US relationship with China as "the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century."

The EU has kept a distance from the US-China rift and focused on the importance of economic ties with Beijing. But earlier this week, the EU acted in step with the US and imposed sanctions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.