Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them
Review Jun 15, 2022

China review 2022-3


10 years ago, on 26 April 2012, the first summit between China and 16 CEE (Central and Eastern European) countries took place in Warsaw, launching the “16 + 1” format for China’s cooperation with the region. The permament secretariat of the format was established at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the meeting, the then Prime Minister of China Wen Jiabao presented the document “China’s Twelve Measures for Promoting Friendly Cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries”1. The statement was received with great positivity and enthusiasm. The economic aspect of the statement was very encouraging and consisted of the following plans:

  • creating a special USD 10 billion credit line for soft loans for cooperation projects in the fields of infrastructure, high technology and the green economy;
  • promoting active cooperation to increase total trade turnover by USD 100 billion by 2015;
  • Establishment of a China-CEE Investment Fund with plans to raise USD 500 million in the first phase.

Associate Expert of RESC China Research Program, PhD student at VU Institute of International Relations and Political Science. Raigirdas holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian and Pacific Studies (Chinese Studies) from Lancashire Central University (UK). After studying, he went to China, where he spent five years studying and working. Raigirdas completed a year-long intensive Chinese language and culture course at the Sichuan University (Confucius Institute Scholarship). In 2020, he graduated from Sichuan University (China) with a Master’s degree in International Relations in Chinese. Raigirdas interests: sinology, Chinese foreign and domestic policy, history of the PRC, relations and conflicts between East Asian countries.