About: Belt and Road Initiative

Eastern Europe 23-10-2019

EU almost invisible at major Silk Road forum in Georgia

No high-level EU Commission official was to be found at the opening of a two-day Silk Road Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday (22 October), which was attended by 2,000 delegates from some 60 countries, including several EU member states. 
Central Asia 11-10-2019

‘Almost impossible’ to rival China’s business clout in Central Asia

“China is coming with an offer nobody can refuse, while the EU is coming with an offer nobody can understand." For many in Central Asia, that phrase – although intended as a joke – best summarises the European way of doing business.
Azerbaijan 10-10-2019

East-West corridor: ‘Hard’ versus ‘soft’ connectivity?

A conference organised by EURACTIV on ‘Global Eurasia – connectivity as a driver for peace, stability and security’ raised questions such as “greener” connectivity, in line with Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s priorities. But diplomats from the region were more focused on infrastructure.
Central Asia 25-09-2019

Eurasia comes together in Nur-Sultan, but differences are still big

The 21st century should be defined by cooperation between Europe and Asia. That was the message of the fourth Eurasian conference, held in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan on Tuesday (24 September). However, differences among participants prevented it from achieving concrete results.
EU-China 19-09-2019

Chinese ambassador asks EU for evidence that Huawei is a ‘security threat‘

The European Union needs to show “concrete evidence” that the Chinese tech giant Huawei is a security threat, China’s Ambassador to Slovakia Lin Lin told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Central Asia 03-09-2019

Kazakhstan’s new president vows to pursue controlled democratisation

Kazakhstan’s new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered on Monday (2 September) his first major speech following his election last June, defining his policies in all fields of the economy and society.
EU-China 02-09-2019

Fact check: Has Europe surrendered its south to China?

According to French President Emmanuel Macron, Europe has made the mistake of systematically handing key European infrastructures in southern Europe to the Chinese. EURACTIV has done a fact-check.
Central Asia 23-07-2019

Scandals in Kyrgyzstan highlight dubious Chinese business practices

Kyrgyzstan was shaken by a major corruption scandal involving a Chinese company while the country’s capital Bishkek was hosting a ministerial meeting of the five Central Asian countries earlier this month. EU officials told EURACTIV this experience should serve as...
Central Europe 12-07-2019

Slovak president attacks Beijing’s human rights record

Slovakian president Zuzana Čaputová has criticised Beijing for not respecting human rights, during a visit by China's foreign affairs chief on Wednesday (10 July). Wang Yi was in Slovakia to discuss the involvement of the Visegrád Four in the Silk Road project.
Central Asia 08-07-2019

Central Asia ministerial welcomes the EU’s new strategy for the region

Gathered in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday (7 July), the Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries welcomed the new EU Strategy on Central Asia recently adopted by the EU.
Enlargement 24-06-2019

Turkey, Russia and China covet Western Balkans as EU puts enlargement on hold

Unless the EU accession process of the Western Balkans picks up the pace, the six countries of the region may examine alternatives for their countries’ external orientation, including boosting relations with China, Russia, Turkey and the Gulf States, a report...
Central Asia 17-05-2019

CAREC economic corridors: Almaty-Bishkek and many more to come

The experience of the first economic corridor in Central Asia is Almaty-Bishkek, and the second in preparation, Shymkent-Tashkent-Khujand, were highlighted as blueprints for myriads of others to follow, at a debate in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan.
China 29-04-2019

China puts gentler face on Belt and Road, hits back at critics

China sought to put a gentler face on its massive plan to recreate the old Silk Road at a summit that ended on Saturday (27 April), saying it must do more to explain the programme and boost sustainability even as state media hit back at critics.
EU-China 26-04-2019

European bloc not considering joining China’s Belt and Road plans

EU officials confirmed that the bloc is not considering joining China’s Belt and Road initiative on Friday (26 April), contrary to what German Economic minister Peter Altmaier has previously said. 
Electricity 25-04-2019

Shareholders block China’s €9bn bid for Energias de Portugal

Shareholders in Portugal’s biggest company, Energias de Portugal, on Wednesday (24  April) blocked a €9 billion takeover bid by the state-owned China Three Gorges (CTG) Corporation. The rejection of the bid by the Chinese energy behemoth comes amid growing unease...
EU-China 24-04-2019

China to recalibrate Belt and Road, defend it against Western criticism

China is expected to promote a recalibrated version of its Belt and Road initiative at a summit of heads of state this week in Beijing, seeking to allay criticism that its flagship infrastructure policy fuels indebtedness and lacks transparency.
EU-China 12-04-2019

China courts eastern Europe after key EU summit

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet leaders from eastern and central Europe in Croatia on Friday (12 April) to talk business, fresh from a key summit with EU where he pledged opening up his country's economy.
EU-China 25-03-2019

Oettinger calls for EU veto on Italy-China deal

Italy's participation in China's giant "Silk Road" infrastructure project sparked an outcry in Germany on Sunday (24 March), including a call for the European Union to block such deals with a veto.
Cybersecurity 25-03-2019

EU to drop threat of Huawei ban but wants 5G risks monitored

The European Commission will next week urge EU countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks but will ignore U.S. calls to ban Huawei Technologies, four people familiar with the matter said on Friday (22 March).
China 22-03-2019

China’s new Silk Road gets bumpy as Xi visits Italy

Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off a whistlestop European tour in Rome on Friday (22 March) amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant's new Silk Road project.
Arctic Agenda 21-03-2019

Arctic black carbon work hampered by US and Russia, says Finland

The Arctic region’s co-operation in the battle against global warming by reducing black carbon emissions is being hampered by the United States and Russia, the Finnish foreign ministry said on Wednesday (20 March).
Politics 08-03-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked memo reveals China’s detailed plans in Italy

China plans to cooperate with Italy in the development of “roads, railways, bridges, civil aviation, ports, energy, and telecommunications” as part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative, a confidential 'memorandum of understanding' obtained exclusively by EURACTIV reveals.
China 06-12-2018

China hails ‘mutual respect’ as loops Portugal into Belt and Road

China will always stick to "mutual respect" in its efforts to deal with global challenges, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (5 December) in Lisbon, where he signed agreements to link Portugal to Beijing's One Belt - One Road initiative.
EU-China 28-11-2018

China seeks allies in Spain and Portugal despite EU reservations

China, currently engaged in a trade war with the United States, is seeking to strengthen its ties with Spain and Portugal as other European Union members are trying to restrict Chinese investments.

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