Cooperation Formats of China and Europe: Synergies and Divergences

Inna Šteinbuka, Tatyana Muravska, Andris Kuznieks

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This contribution articulates the synergies and divergences of the various formats of cooperation between China and the European countries. The EU and China have a strong interest in each other's flagship initiatives, namely the Investment Plan for Europe, and the One Belt, One Road Initiative (Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road). The authors argue that there are certain synergies between these initiatives. Furthermore, the new initiative EU-China Connectivity Platform is aimed to explore these synergies. The authors explore the recent developments in the EU-China investments, trade cooperation and the challenges of the ever-growing CEEC-China partnership in different formats, including the new platform of 16+1. The authors examine these implications in relation to the need to expand and adapt the content and approach of the EU-China Bilateral Investment agreement. The article concludes that the CEEC-China relation does not go against the EU; moreover, neither the CEE countries nor China have any motivation to try to weaken the EU.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-117
Number of pages21
JournalBaltic Journal of European Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilateral investment agreement
  • CEEC economic integration
  • EU
  • trade and investment

Field of Science*

  • 5.2 Economy and Business
  • 5.6 Political science

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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