April 8, 2019 -- On April 1, 2019, Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Hua and Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific of the European External Action Service Paola Pampaloni co-chaired the 37th Human Rights Dialogue between China and the European Union (EU) in Brussels. The United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of China, the Ministry of Public Security of China as well as the European External Action Service, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Trade in the European Commission and other departments assigned representatives to attend the dialogue. Representatives of the EU member states were present as observers.
Both sides exchanged views on such topics as new progress in the field of human rights, human rights and counter-terrorism, rights for refugees and immigrants, and international human rights cooperation. During the dialogue, the Chinese side gave an in-depth introduction to the path, philosophy and achievements of human rights with Chinese characteristics, and asked the EU side to view China's human rights situation in a fair and objective manner and conduct human rights exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese side on the basis of equality and mutual respect. The Chinese side also proposed the problems that the EU side has in such aspects as encroachment upon the rights of refugees and immigrants, racial discrimination, exclusivism, violent law enforcement behavior and the gap between the rich and the poor. Both sides agreed that the candid and in-depth dialogue is conducive to enhancing mutual understanding and common progress. After the dialogue, the Chinese delegation visited relevant local counter-terrorism and deradicalization institutions.