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Chinese President Xi Jinping is eager to expand China's economic influence into Central and Eastern Europe. (Nikkei Montage/ Getty Images)
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

DUBROVNIK, Croatia -- In a hotel room facing the strikingly blue Adriatic Sea, the handful of English-language TV channels available to guests do not include CNN or BBC. Instead, there are two channels operated by China.

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