Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries

(The Belt and Road Initiative)

Updated:2017-04-20 |

Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries


A mechanism for cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European Countries, commonly known as “16+1,” has been established to facilitate collaboration between China and the 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries on issues of common concern. The 17 countries agree to respect each other’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, broaden understanding of each other’s approach to development, and work to realize goals under the “16+1” framework in line with their own specific needs and priorities and based on equality, consultation, mutual complementarity, and cooperation for mutual benefit.


An innovative framework for subregional cooperation, the “16+1” opens new avenues for increased engagement between traditionally friendly countries. It is a platform that while focusing on South-South cooperation, also embraces South-North cooperation.


Thanks to the joint endeavors of the participants, the “16+1” has grown into an omni-dimensional, wide-ranging, and multi-channel framework that is harvesting fruitful results. A more effective alignment between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the “16+1” framework will create a super engine for the train of China-CEE cooperation, expand the channels of investment and trade for the countries along the route, and bring benefits to both China and the CEE countries.