The Financial Times carried on 27 November a long article on China's increasing impact in Central and Eastern Europe under the self-explanatory title 'Eastern Europe’s China pivot'. Unfortunately for copyright reasons it is not possible to republish the article and a subscription to the FT is necessary to read it. However the general analysis of China's impact can be understood from the following excerpts:
'In Hungary it is hailed as the “Eastward Opening”. Serbian authorities see it as the glue in a “reliable friendship”, while the Polish government describes it as a “tremendous opportunity”. ... the 16+1, a grouping of 16 central and eastern European countries led by China... [is a] catalyst for... China’s ability to finance and build the roads, railways, power stations and other infrastructure that some poorer central and eastern European countries need....