EU human rights dialogue with China will continue, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she holds a video news conference with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen following a virtual summit with China's President Xi Jinping, at the Chancellery in Berlin, September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - Dialogue with China on human rights will continue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday after European Union leaders held a video summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

On economic relations, Merkel added: “In the last 15 years, China has become much stronger economically and this means that the demand for reciprocity - for a level playing field - is of course very justified today.”

Reporting by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michelle Martin