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China: Knocking at Eastern Europe’s Door

China’s growing bilateral economic ties with Eastern and Central European states may make it more difficult for the EU to act as a single, united body

The communists are back in Eastern Europe: China has moved in, and in a big way. It now holds an annual forum – the China–Central and Eastern Europe Business Forum – with sixteen countries in the region. The latest meeting took place in Bucharest in November 2013, accompanied by a Chinese credit line of $10 billion for infrastructure investment, and was hailed as opening a new chapter in economic relations between the two. Convenience and commerce drive China’s interest in

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