From AFP report:
De Gucht said the EU wants to take a "forward-looking" approach and "act as partners" with China on global challenges such as climate change, international stability and the need to maintain open markets and equal access to raw materials.
But he made clear that human rights would also be addressed again with the communist-ruled country.
"There is a strong international expectaction that China should live up to internationally-recognised standards in all fields of human rights," De Gucht said.
The EU trade chief urged China to ratify the international covenant on civil and political rights, saying it would be "the most tangible sign of China's commitment to respect human rights."
AFP: EU to press China on rights at summit: trade chief