The enthusiasm for China’s alliances in Central and Eastern Europe has faded. Hopes were high when China launched the 16+1 alliance in 2012. Beijing wanted to work more directly and closely with 16 states in the region. When another state, Greece, joined in 2019, it seemed as if 17+1 could split the EU at its edges. But ten years after its inception, the format faces termination, experts from Prague, Budapest and Belgrade concluded at Wednesday’s Table.Live briefing.
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