"For China, the region promised cheap access to European markets. The
initiative was quickly co-opted into China’s wider Belt and Road
Initiative, which launched the following year. When Greece joined as the
17th member in 2019, it elevated the political significance of the now
17+1 alliance even further.
In January 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced he would host
the annual 17+1 summits in future, rather than the premier, Li Keqiang.
But this has done little to heal relations. CEE countries had already
begun socially distancing from Beijing and the coronavirus pandemic has
only accelerated this process. While there are many reasons for the
rift, three stand out."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics