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How Eastern Europe views China's Belt and Road Initiative

CEE eager for investment, but must reconcile new plans with current strategic deals

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15.   © Reuters

Central and Eastern European countries, or CEE, are currently facing a tough choice within the European Union: deeper integration led by Germany and France or political marginalization. With Western Europe and the U.S. growing apart and favoring very different global strategies, it is no wonder that the "child" of transatlantic love, the Eastern European, feels left behind.

The questions are whether a third way is possible for CEE, and how China's Belt and Road Initiative can help it escape the risks of periphery or marginalization.

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