EU uneasy about China's Eastern Europe embrace

Officials fear Beijing's 16+1 cooperation may split the bloc, hinder good governance

The biggest worry for the EU is the political influence China exerts, indirectly, through its relationship with the poorer EU states.
The biggest worry for the EU is the political influence China exerts, indirectly, through its relationship with the poorer EU states. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives today in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest state, for a summit with leaders of 16 Central and East European nations.

Beijing says the meeting is to promote trade with a region still struggling to catch up with the economic development in the rest of the European continent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'EU uneasy about China's Eastern Europe embrace'. Subscribe