EU to raise South China Sea issues again after last year’s tense discussion


The European bloc is cautious about China’s militarization of islands.

EU officials are set to bring up discussions about the South China Sea during a summit on Friday, possbily in a careful manner to avoid the tense situation seen last year.

Premier Li Keqiang will meet top EU officials at the summit in Brussels to discuss a wide range of issues.

The EU remains cautious about the direction of its second-largest trading partner, concerned by its militarization of islands in the South China Sea and what it sees as increased authoritarianism.

But officials said they will be wary to avoid a repeat of last year’s tense EU-China summit in Beijing, which failed to agree a joint statement because of the maritime issue.