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  • 14 September 2017

    Deputy Minister Marek Magierowski, who is in charge of Asia policy and acts as the National Coordinator for Central and Eastern Europe-China Cooperation (the so-called 16+1 format), delivered opening remarks at a two-day conference entitled “How ‘Belt & Road’ Influences China-CEE Relations?”, which is being held in Warsaw.


    “The Belt and Road initiative and other collaborative projects between China and Europe that come with it can only succeed if a synergy is achieved between development objectives of the countries concerned, and if joint endeavours are based on partnership and mutual benefits,” emphasized Deputy Minister Magierowski in reference to Prime Minister Beata Szydło’s address at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last May. The Prime Minister had called for finding common ground in the development strategies of China and countries of our region, and for taking it as a basis for specific joint economic projects.


    Referring to the conference theme, Deputy Minister Magierowski drew attention to the aspect of connectivity, or multi-dimensional connections, as being one of the most attractive elements of the Belt and Road initiative from the Polish perspective. He advocated better transport links that could facilitate trade with China and cut the costs faced by Polish exporters. “It’s only natural that Poland should become the major hub for the goods and services flowing between China and Europe,” added the Polish foreign policy chief. He stressed that the European Union could play an important role in developing connectivity between Europe and Asia, and urged full openness, inclusiveness and transparency of the Belt and Road project.



    Put forward in 2013 by the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road initiative is currently China’s flagship international project of economic cooperation, drawing on traditions of the historical Silk Road. During the Polish President’s visit to China in November 2015, the two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement on joint support for the Belt and Road initiative.


    The Warsaw conference “How ‘Belt & Road’ Influences China-CEE Relations?” was organized by the 16+1 Think Tanks Network, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Poland.


    MFA Press Office

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