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Eastern Europe ends love fest with China amid Beijing-EU rift

Xi rushes to win back Slovenia, Lithuania and others as US makes rival overtures

Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, right, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi: Beijing has stepped up overtures to central and eastern Europe as ties cool.   © Reuters

VIENNA/BEIJING -- Enthusiasm for China has cooled in much of central and eastern Europe, leaving Beijing alarmed as human rights concerns and stalled investments push disillusioned partners toward the U.S.

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