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The authors are the EU Ambassador to China and the Ambassadors to China of the 27 EU Member States
This year we celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and China, established on 6th May 1975. It is an important milestone in an ever more important relationship between our union of 27 European states and China.
We have come a very long way since 1975. At that time, the EU was made up of just nine member states. China was only beginning to open up and had yet to undergo its formidable economic transformation. Trade between our two sides was miniscule; now, in normal times, the EU and China engage in 1.8 billion euro of trade per day with each other.
China: Statement by the Spokesperson on the case of Gui Minhai:
"Gui Minhai, a Swedish national, has today been sentenced by a Chinese court to ten years’ imprisonment.