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International relations

China encircling Eastern Europe, warns former Polish leader Walesa

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GDANSK, Poland -- Beijing's extensive investment in Central and Eastern Europe under its Belt and Road Initiative is creating a growing sense of unease in the region.

"China is trying to encircle various countries in its sphere of interest," according to former Polish President Lech Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his leadership of the country's pro-democracy movement.

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