On 15th September 2021, was announced the upcoming launch of the Global Gateway initiative, a possible EU rival to the BRI.
On June 30, China and the Ukraine signed a major agreement regarding the financing and construction of transport infrastructure.
EU member States are considering launching an EU version of the Belt and Road Initiative. Would this project work along China’s BRI?
Lithuania decided to quit China’s 17+1 mechanism in May 2021. Is the 17+1 mechanism still relevant? Or should we move to a 27+1 dialogue?
On 5th July, Chinese President, Xi Jinping, held a virtual meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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.