We have collected the most representative comments form the Chinese media about the Chinese prime minister’s participation in the Central European summit.
“China News” (12/12/2014)
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Li Keqiang’s visit in Belgrade will create a momentum and bring “16+1 Cooperation” into a new era. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) summit in which Prime Minister Li participated, concluded that heads of governments will search for ways to further deepen cooperation in different realms such as communication and transportation, trade and investments, finances, energy, technology, and tourism. They will issue a concrete project to clarify the future steps of development and cooperation. The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Li is the first Chinese premier to visit Serbia in 28 years. Likewise, the visit is of great importance to China and Serbia in consolidating their traditional friendship, enhance mutual political trust, plan future practical cooperation and deepen their strategic partnership in a comprehensive manner.
“People Daily” (14/12/2014)
China and CEE countries welcome common interests and opportunities. The interviewed Croatian economist –Tihomir Domazet is holding an optimistic view about the future of China – CEE cooperation and its development. He believes the 16+1 model marks a breakthrough and builds a new cooperation platform. Nowadays the CEE countries are facing a challenge to found a new economic mode and trying to combat low economic growth and high unemployment. The 16+1 model will revive the economy and boost the bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Due to the difference of economic development between China and CEEs, professor Domazet expressed that in the long run they need to keep an eye on the balance of development in order to foster equilibrium in the whole region.
Li Keqiang arrives in Serbia for China-CEE summit and official visit. Li, the first Chinese premier to visit the country in 28 years, will meet with the Serbian president and prime minister, and attend a ceremony marking the completion of a Chinese-built bridge across the Danube River in Belgrade with his Serbian counterpart. He will also witness the signing of a series of agreements, governmental accords and business contracts, ranging from finance, investment and aviation to cultural and information industries. Li voiced the belief that his visit to Serbia will help fortify bilateral ties, enhance cooperation between China and CEE countries, and enrich the China-Europe relations.
“China Internet Information Center” (19/12/2014)
Li Keqiang’s visit in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) builds a new road for consolidating mutually beneficial cooperation with Continental Europe. The “16+1” platform has been operated since 2011, currently it brings foremost effects to China and CEE countries (CEECs). The trade volume is being expected to grow more than 60 billion USD this year. A substantial growth in trade cooperation can indeed be intensified into the future. Responding to the views from EU and some Western European countries that China-CEE cooperation may be utilized by Beijing to split the EU for China’s benefit, Li affirmed that “China supports the European integration process”, “China’s cooperation with the 16 CEE countries will not result in fragmenting the European Union”. In fact, the cooperation is outspoken and unbiased with full consideration. As knowing, there is a gap of development rooted in economic imbalance, existing between Western and Eastern Europe. Therefore, Premier Li stated that deeper cooperation between two sides is favorable not only for China and CEECs but for the whole Europe. In the meantime, it will have significant influence upon enhancing the balance of economic development in Europe.
“International Business Daily” (22/12/2014)
China-Central Eastern Europe (CEE) cooperation: 16+1 will be undoubtedly greater than 17. It is the crucial concept what Li Keqiang emphasized as addressing that the cooperation between both sides will be in the new process and involve much more different fields such as industry, agriculture, energy and infrastructure. China’s investment is likely to remain on the steep upward trend given the finances available. During the three-day visit, on the topic ratifying a deal with Hungary and Serbia for Chinese construction of a high-speed rail link between Belgrade and Budapest Li told the summit “On the Chinese side we can create a new investment fund with a total value of $ 3 billion (USD).” China is looking forward enhancing the efficiency and achievements in cooperation through adopting new means such as public-private partnership and leasing arrangements. China-CEE cooperation is part and parcel of China-Europe cooperation, Li expressed his hope that the 16+1 development goal will be aligned with the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation.