Montenegro may default because of a BRI motorway construction project. Governance and financial matters need to be improved for future BRI programmes.
Relations between China and Central Eastern European (CEE) countries remain strong but the 17+1 format probably needs to get revised.
After seven years of negotiations, China and the European Union have approved a comprehensive agreement on investment (CAI).
On December 9, 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with French President on the phone to increase cooperation between China and France.
In Central Europe, the 3 Seas Initiative can be developed along the Belt and Road Initiative to support connectivity between Europe and China.
In Summer 2020, China-Europe rail freight transport surged. Europeans needs to sustain this trend when the pandemic is over.
On 14 September, was held a virtual summit between European Union and Chinese top leaders to discuss about a Comprehensive Investment Agreement.
In early September, Yang Jiechi, the head of the Communist Party’s foreign affairs office, travelled to Spain and Greece to improve EU-China dialogue.
For his first visit abroad since the global disease outbreak, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chose Europe.
Even if the BRI projects in Europe are slowing down because of Covid19 pandemic, a Sino-European partnership remains a priority for both parties.