Round Table: China’s Cooperation with Visegrad Group and Western Balkans countries
round table on a topic “Cooperation of China with Visegrad Group and Western
Balkan countries” was held on 15th November, in the Belgrade Fund
for Political Excellence premises. This round table is a part of the project ““Comparative analysis of the approach to
China: V4 + and One Belt One Road” ” which is implemented in
cooperation with Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), and with the support
of International Visegrad Fund.
presented the first findings and data collected during the research within the
project. These findings included experiences from 4 Visegrad group countries
(Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) and their cooperation with
China. We also presented results of the research that is related to China’s
presence in Serbia.
main discussion was about the general political relations of mentioned
countries with China. We also indicated trends in foreign trade relations;
trends that include large trade deficits, but small percentage share in total
foreign trade balance of the state as well. The special accent was on the data
about China’s foreign direct investments in the countries that were included in
this research. We draw the line between foreign direct investments and loans,
and indicated the largest investment projects, main sectors of cooperation and
tendencies of increased presence in the past.
participants of the round table are introduced with screening mechanisms that
are (not) used for evaluation of the impact of foreign direct investments on
the security of the country and the stability of political order, how are these
mechanisms established and in which way are they used.
presentation of findings, there was a discussion in which we additionally
elaborated presented data, and concluded what are the segments that should be
covered more closely.