Croatian tourist pearl, Dubrovnik, hosted the 9th 16+1 summit of the Central and Southeast European (CSE) countries and China. The idea was born after the first Economic-Trade Forum in 2011 in Budapest.
The chances for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to pursue infrastructure investments in Poland appear to be rather slim. Its possible involvement could aim at closing any financing gaps or attracting private capital.
The Chinese investments in Serbia show considerable Chinese interest. Despite a limited number of investments it is likely that new ones will come, especially in the infrastructure, as a part of the Chinese One Belt, One Road Initiative.
The strategic partnership with Poland signed almost two years ago was supposed to revive mutual economic relations, and open up the Chinese market for Polish exports. The effect has been the opposite so far.
Poland will soon stop being the only CSE country among the co-owners of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). As many as 25 countries will join this year, including Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.