A week in China, India and Russia

A week in China, India and Russia

Today I write from Beijing, the first stop in a long official visit to China, India and Russia. In each country I will discuss our bilateral ties and the great international issues we are dealing with together – from Syria to tensions in the Korean peninsula.

I start with Beijing: tomorrow I will co-chair the seventh EU-China Strategic Dialogue, in preparation for our next bilateral summit in Brussels; I will also meet with the students of Tsinghua University, and hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, and of Defence, Chang Wanquan, State Councillor Yang Jiechi. Here is my interview with Xinhua.

From Friday I will be in India for some institutional meetings, starting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj: we will prepare the 14th EU-India summit, to be held in New Delhi this year.

My trip will end in Moscow, with my first visit to Russia as the European Union’s High Representative. I plan to meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on our bilateral relations, and especially on the current crises, from the conflict in eastern Ukraine to Syria. Here is the press release on this visit.

From here in Beijing, today I called Tana De Zulueta, who is leading the OSCE electoral observation mission to Turkey, to hear directly about the results of the work they are doing on the constitutional referendum. Here is my statement with Jean-Claude Juncker and Johannes Hahn on the night of the referendum. We will discuss the outcome of the vote and the future of our relations with Turkey at the informal gathering of Foreign Ministers from the 28 EU Member States, which I will chair next week in Malta.