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China's Road: into Eastern Europe

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The EU and its eastern partners have found themselves among the focal points of China’s ambitious economic project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to revive economic, cultural and political exchanges along the ancient Silk Road. Given their geographical location at the crossroads of Eurasian routes, eastern Europe and the Caucasus are expecting to benefit from substantial infrastructure investments and new commercial opportunities. For the EU, China’s endeavour to establish new economic corridors in the region covered by the block’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, poses both opportunities and challenges.