[譯文]China looking for new markets in easternEurope

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內容摘要:China looking for new markets in easternEurope 中國在東歐尋找新市場 BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In an attempt tosecure business ties and increase p...

China looking for new markets in easternEurope


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In an attempt tosecure business ties and increase political influence, China has launched acharm offensive in eastern Europe — where the European Union and Russia arealso vying for sway.


Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang,accompanied by 200 corporate executives, met the leaders of 16 central andeastern European countries Tuesday for a two-day summit being billed in Chinaas an opportunity to deepen ties to the region and boost relations with the EU.


The Asian economic power is interested inenergy, infrastructure and other big projects to fuel its economy at a timewhen labor costs are rising at home, risking crimping its exports, itstraditional economic strength. Chinese investors hope to boost their presence inthe region where Western companies may be reluctant to take financial risks.


Li said that closer ties would bringmassive Chinese investments and open up large Chinese markets for central andeastern European goods. He sought to alleviate fears voiced from some in the EUthat China's regional deals could contravene the 28-nation bloc's strictfinancial and trade rules.


"Everything will be conducted inaccordance with the policies that are valid in the European Union," Lisaid at the opening of the meeting. "China supports the European Union, EUintegration processes and a strong euro."




The timing of the China summit — the thirdsuch in three years — is significant as it comes while Russia, the traditionalregional powerbroker, is struggling with deep economic problems partly causedby crippling Western sanctions over Moscow's role in Ukraine.


Only a few weeks ago, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin announced that Moscow is spiking a multibillion-dollar gaspipeline project for southern Europe that was to pass through several eastEuropean countries, which was to bring them hundreds of millions of dollars intransit fees.


Putin argued that the EU's opposition tothe South Stream pipeline — which would have run under the Black Sea toBulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and further on to Europe — meant Russia had no otherchoice but to scrap it.


The 16 European countries at the summit allshare a former communist past. Some, like Bulgaria, Romania, Poland andHungary, are part of the EU. Others, like Serbia and Bosnia, would like tojoin, but are still influenced by Russia.


"The difference between the Russianand Chinese approach in the region is that Russians are more political, whileChinese are more commercial," said Serbian economy analyst Miroslav Prokopijevic.

“中國和俄國在該地區所使用手段的不同之處在于俄羅斯更加的政治,而中國更加的商業,”塞爾維亞經濟分析家Miroslav Prokopijevic說。



Unlike Moscow, which is applying acombination of economic and political pressure on the regional governments,Beijing sees its increased economic influence in the area as a chance to boostties with the EU.


With western Europe struggling with economicstagnation and the Russian economy collapsing, some of the eastern Europeancountries have been looking to China for commercial deals.


In the first 10 months of 2014, bilateraltrade between China and central and eastern European countries reached $50 billion,up 10 percent from the same ten months of last year, with the pace of growthaccelerating, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.


A number of Chinese banks have set upbranches in the region and the first $500 million phase of the China-Centraland Eastern European Cooperation Fund — totaling $10 billion in offered loans —has been deployed successfully, it said.



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