Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and 16 CEEC leaders attended the 9th Business Forum of CEEC & China held in Croatia on 12th April 2019, in which Premier Li made the call to deepen economic and trade cooperation between them. China wishes to align the One Belt One Road Initiative with the development strategies of every CEEC to pursue joint progression and mutual benefits, thus deepening the China-CEEC economic and trade cooperation with openness.
Facilitating cross-border logistics is one of keys to strengthen such a cooperation. China will provide a green channel for CEEC exports to China and facilitate the land and marine transportation between China and Europe. Besides, Li called for further markets opening-up and simplifying customs procedures.
Li pointed out that certain fields deserve more cooperation between China and CEEC, including agricultural products and machinery, electrical products such as motors and household appliances, and infrastructure construction. As the key contributors to economy, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be given with more investments and convenience by the Global Partnership Center of CEECs and China launched by the leaders. Li also called for advanced financial conditions and a diversified funding pattern as well as development on third-party market cooperation, joint bidding and public-private partnership.
Notably in the past few years, exports from the CEEC to China have gone up by almost 5 times while the cooperation between CEEC and China gets increasingly promoted.