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Why China Is Wooing Eastern and Central Europe | The National Interest

China’s growing presence in Central and Eastern Europe has widened the EU’s East-West divide.

by John S. Van Oudenaren

No element of China’s push into Europe has unnerved the EU more than the 16+1 initiative. Overseen by Premier Li Keqiang, the 16+1 platform convenes an annual summit between China and sixteen Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. While CEE countries have seized on 16+1 as an opportunity to engage with China; Germany, France, and the EU see the initiative as a Chinese effort to divide Europe for Beijing’s own purposes. 

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