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Facing the challenge of the pandemic, China-Central and Eastern European countries work together to move forward

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On January 16, Serbian President Vučić (middle front row) and others greeted the first batch of Chinese coronavirus vaccine at the airport in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. ( Xinhua News Agency, photo by Predrag Milosavlevich)

February 10 The China-Central and Eastern European Leaders Summit was held by video on the 9th, including a list of summit results of 35 intergovernmental cooperation documents and 53 commercial cooperation documents, fully demonstrating the vitality and broad prospects of China-Central and Eastern European cooperation.

In today’s world, the century’s plague has triggered a global crisis, and international cooperation has encountered serious challenges.

China-Central and Eastern European countries have joined hands to move forward, becoming a vivid practice of multilateralism in a century-old change.

Join hands to fight against the pandemic and create a new model of fate and common life.

“It turns out that China is our real friend.” On the eve of the summit, Czech President Zeman said in a joint written interview with the Chinese media about China’s support for the Czech Republic in the fight against the pandemic.

Thousands of miles are still neighbors, and there is no near and far to help each other. At the difficult moment of China’s fight against the pandemic, Hungary, Poland and other countries provided medical supplies to China as soon as possible.

Central and Eastern European countries are in the predicament of fighting the pandemic, and China did not hesitate to extend a helping hand and shipped masks, protective clothing, ventilators and other emergency anti-pandemic materials to Central and Eastern European countries.

At the video conference of experts on the prevention and control of COVID-19 in China-Central and Eastern European countries and the video conference of health ministers of China-Central and Eastern European countries, China suggested providing “useful references” for Central and Eastern European countries to fight the pandemic.

Not long ago, Serbian President Vučić personally went to the airport to welcome the first batch of Chinese coronavirus vaccines that arrived in the country.

Vaccine cooperation has not only become a new proof of the deep friendship between the two countries, but also a new highlight of China-Central and Eastern European countries’ anti-pandemic cooperation.

At present, Serbia has obtained 1 million doses of vaccines from Chinese enterprises, and Hungary is also cooperating with Chinese vaccine companies.

At this summit, China solemnly promised that “China is willing to continue to provide vaccines to relevant countries within its capabilities” and “if other countries in Central and Eastern Europe have a need for vaccine cooperation, China is willing to actively consider”.

Peter Gazinowski, editor-in-chief of Poland’s Tribune, said that the cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China will become a model of multilateral cooperation to promote the construction of a community of human destiny.

Students studying Chinese at the first primary school in Rhodes, Poland, on September 25, 2018. Photo by Chen Xu, reporter of Xinhua News Agency)

Develop and innovate and explore the new momentum of economic recovery

Cooperation mechanisms such as the meeting of local leaders and the capital mayors forum are constantly being implemented. A large number of cooperation projects such as the port of Piraeus in Greece and the Peleschats cross-sea bridge in Croatia have achieved gratifying results.

Chinese courses are becoming more and more popular on campuses in Central and Eastern Europe, and agricultural products in Central and Eastern Europe are becoming more and more popular in the Chinese market…

China-Central and Eastern Europe Cooperation It has built an all-round, multi-level and wide-field three-dimensional architecture, and has become an influential cross-regional cooperation platform.

Pioneering and innovating is one of the secrets of China-Central and Eastern European countries’ rapid development.

In the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, China and Central and Eastern European countries have taken the lead in exploring cross-regional cooperation and docking with the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, and taking the lead in achieving the full coverage of the Belt and Road Initiative cooperation agreement in the region.

In the face of the challenge of the pandemic, China and Central and Eastern European countries have once again shown a pioneering spirit and worked together to promote China-Central and Eastern European cooperation to continue to move forward and innovate and develop.

Against the backdrop of the pandemic and the heavy blow to the global economy, China-Central and Eastern Europe trade grew against the trend in 2020, with a trade volume of $103.45 billion, an increase of 8.4%.

In 2020, China-Europe trains opened 12,400 trains throughout the year, an increase of 50% year-on-year, breaking through the “ten thousand columns” mark for the first time. Lan, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, etc. have become important passages and destinations for Central European trains…

Breed new opportunities in crises and start new situations in change.

At the China-Central and Eastern European Countries Leaders Summit, China announced a series of new cooperation measures such as “initiating the establishment of the China-Central and Eastern European Countries Innovation and Cooperation Research Center and holding the China-Central and Eastern European Countries Youth Science and Technology Talent Forum”.

Judging from the list of summit results, the economic and trade achievements reached by all parties are quite abundant.

Türmer Gyulo, chairman of the Hungarian Workers’ Party, said that the cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China brings tangible benefits to both sides and promotes the well-being of the people.

This China-Central and Eastern European leaders summit can be said to be timely, which will point out the direction of cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China in the post-pandemic era and open up a wider space for cooperation.

Beneficial supplements Open up new prospects for China-EU cooperation

Sign the China-EU Geographical Indications Agreement, build a China-EU green cooperation and digital partnership, and complete the China-EU investment agreement negotiations on time…

Last year, China-EU relations took the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to make important breakthroughs and fruitful results.

China-Central and Eastern Europe cooperation is an integral part of China-Europe cooperation and a beneficial complement to China-EU cooperation.

This summit has gathered a new consensus and drawn a new blueprint for China-Central and Eastern European cooperation under the new situation, and undoubtedly has also opened a good start for China-EU cooperation in the new year.

On May 9, 2020, the China-Europe train (Wuhan) bound for Belgrade, Serbia, is ready to leave Wujiashan Station. The train is full of 3,500 cubic meters and 294.42 tons of international cooperation pandemic prevention materials to support Serbia and neighboring countries in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. ( Photo by Xiao Yijiu, reporter of Xinhua News Agency)

According to Guriamos, President of the European University of Cyprus, the cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China will produce more results and reach a higher level.

Cooperation between the two sides in the digital economy, medical care, finance, e-commerce, culture, education and other fields will also promote the continuous development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Europe and China.

Wang Yiwei, a professor at the School of International Relations of Renmin University of China, believes that China-Central and Eastern European cooperation is conducive to the economic and social development of Central and Eastern European countries, and will help the EU eliminate regional development differences, improve the logistics system, and make up for infrastructure shortcomings, thus further promoting China-EU cooperation.

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