On 2 February 2018, Dr. Richard Q. Turcsányi gave a lecture on Chinese investment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), pointing out that China-CEE relations, under the so-called 16+1 framework, have become a “hot topic” in recent years because of concerns over Chinese influence. The network of cooperation between China and 16 CEE countries, including 11 EU member states: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and five non-EU countries from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, was initiated by China in 2011/2012. However, he lamented that – despite many think tanks and universities engaging with the topic – there are no theories available other than relatively minor methodological research on the 16+1 mechanism. The aim of this talk therefore was to elaborate on the theoretical background with the central questions being around China’s foreign policy in the CEE region, the motivations behind China’s 16+1 framework and how all these fit into the overall Chinese foreign policy.
A copy of the event report can be downloaded HERE.