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Belt and Road Now Leads to Every Central, Eastern European Nation

The agreements will expand China’s Belt and Road initiative to cover all of the central and eastern European nations, bringing the total number of foreign countries included in the initiative to 70. Above, the first China Railway Express freight train running to Prague from Yiwu, departs from the eastern Chinese city in September. Photo: IC
The agreements will expand China’s Belt and Road initiative to cover all of the central and eastern European nations, bringing the total number of foreign countries included in the initiative to 70. Above, the first China Railway Express freight train running to Prague from Yiwu, departs from the eastern Chinese city in September. Photo: IC

China’s Belt and Road initiative will expand to include all 16 central and eastern European countries (CEEC), Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday in Budapest, as he announced billions of dollars of financial support for the region.

The country will sign agreements with Estonia, Slovenia and Lithuania during Li’s meeting with CEEC leaders to include the three countries in the Belt and Road initiative, he said in a speech at the Sixth Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries.

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