The strategic partnership with Poland signed almost two years ago was supposed to revive mutual economic relations, and open up the Chinese market for Polish exports. The effect has been the opposite so far.
The Balkan peninsula is somewhat a terminal for the Chinese One Road, One Belt Initiative. This year, however, the Chinese presence in the Balkans becomes a worrying sign for the European Union.
Poland will soon stop being the only CSE country among the co-owners of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). As many as 25 countries will join this year, including Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.
China plans to establish a EUR10bn fund for investments projects in CSE, declared the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang during a summit in Riga in November 2016.