China Belt and Road Initiative Journal: Research Analysis and Perspectives

ISSN 2515-9402

EISSN 2515-9410

Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2020

Special Issue ‘16+1’ Cooperation: Status quo, Prospects and Policy Suggestions

Abstract:

The 4th High-Level Think Tanks Symposium of China and Central and Eastern European Countries was held in Beijing, China on December 19, 2017, focusing on the theme of “China-CEEC Cooperation: Prospects for the Next Five Years”. About 100 experts and scholars from the 17 countries gathered in Beijing to share their insights and advice for cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries. Wang Chao, Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRC, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, and Cai Fang, Vice President of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Executive Vice-President of 16+1 Think Tanks Network, attended and delivered speeches. The year 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the “16+1 Cooperation” framework.

Held at this particular time, the Symposium constitutes an important think tanks conference after

the 6th China-CEEC Leader Summit in Budapest. Aiming at giving full play to the research capacity

and multidimensional influence of think tanks, this Symposium seek to promote policy communication and people-to-people exchange among all countries, laying a solid public foundation for the “16+1 Cooperation” between China and Central and Eastern European countries over the next five years. At the conference, the scholars delivered their paper and showed their insights, among whom we collected some papers and edited them to this special volume.

Content

Introduction

Preface .......................................................................................................................Huang Ping, Liu Zuokui

 

Part one: Overview

Everlasting Unsettled Sino-European Relations: Is “16+1” Initiative Mutual Benefit or Point of Diverge .................................................................................................Nenad Stekić

Improvement of Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries Implementation ..........................................................................Milan Kankaraš

Can Asymmetric Relationships Work Together? A Quantitative Approach of “16+1 Cooperation” Mechanism .........................................................Gu Hongfei

“16+1 Cooperation” as a Long Lasting or Ad-hoc Project? Perspectives from Different Angles of Central and Eastern Europe” .......................................................................Jędrzej Czerep

 

Part two: From the Perspective of Sub-regions

Danube Sub-region: A New Dimension for the Cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern Europe .................................................................................................Long Jing

 

Part three: From the Perspective of European Countries

Analysis of the Suspicions of Germany Regarding the “16+1 Cooperation” and the Further Policy Recommendations ...........................................................................Huang Mengmeng

The Multifaced Response of the German Government to China-CEEC Cooperation ....................................................................... Joanna Ciesielska-Klikowska

China-CEE Maritime Cooperation: Polish Intermarium Project and “16+1” Nexus ...............................................................................................Dominik Mierzejewski

China’s Strategic Narrative and Challenges: The Case of Poland .......................................Yuan Hang

New Opportunities for Further Improvement of Economic Cooperation between Serbia and China .........................................Sanja Jelisavac Trošić

The State of Manufacturing Industry in the Republic of Serbia and Its Potentials for Cooperation with the

People’s Republic of China ................ Bojan Lalic, Nikola Zivlak, Tanja Todorovic, Ugljesa Marjanovic

 

Part four: “16+1” and the “Belt and Road”

Approaches of the EU towards the “16+1 Cooperation”: Three Cases in the Framework of the “Belt and Road” Initiative ............................................................ Marek Hrubec

The “Belt and Road” and “16+1” Initiative – the Baltic States in the Geopolitical and Geo-economic Context – Russia, EU and U.S ...................................................Magnus Ilmjärv

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