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Xi's Visit to Czech Republic Lauded by CEE Countries
2016-04-01
Brief:Chinese President Xi Jinping's just-concluded state visit to the Czech Republic has been widely lauded in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and beyond.
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman sign a joint
statement on lifting the two countries' ties to a strategic partnership after their talks i
n Prague, the Czech Republic, March 29, 2016.
 
BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's just-concluded state visit to the Czech Republic has been widely lauded in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and beyond.
 
Richard Turcsanyi, an expert from the Institute of Asian Studies at Comenius University in Slovakia, stressed the importance of the visit, the first by a Chinese president in 67 years since China and the Czech Republic established diplomatic ties.
 
It is also Xi's first trip to the CEE region since he assumed presidency in 2013 and his first trip to Europe this year.
 
"The Czech Republic could be perceived as a Chinese window to Europe," Turcsanyi was quoted by Slovak daily Pravda as saying.
 
Vladimir Balaz, an economist from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, said that China and the Czech Republic have signed many cooperation agreements, and that the Czech Republic would be able to carry out related cooperation with China in the future.
 
Sanja Vasic, director of the Center for International Economic Relations of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce in Serbia, said Xi's visit to the Czech Republic is of great importance.
 
The establishment of strategic partnership between the two countries not only elevated bilateral ties, but also benefited China's cooperation with the CEE region as a whole, Vasic said.
 
The Czech Republic is one of China's main investment destinations in the CEE region, said Luigi Gambardella, president of ChinaEU, a business-led association headquartered in Brussels.
 
The Czech Republic is "hoping to finally get a bigger slice of the Chinese investment cake after long lagging behind neighbors such as Poland and Hungary," said Gambardella.
 
Jasna Plevnik, vice president of the Croatian think tank Geoeconomic Forum, said that Xi's state visit to the Czech Republic and the signed business and investment agreements clearly demonstrate amazing progress, and a positive transformation of relations between China and the Czech Republic, and between China and Europe, too.
 
Xi's visit absolutely reflected China and the Czech Republic's success in forging stronger bilateral ties through the framework of China-CEE cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative, which are both based on the spirit of win-win cooperation, said Plevnik.
 
Xi's speech in Prague, with its emphasis on peace, cooperation and prosperity, sent out encouraging message to all Europeans, said Plevnik.
 
Xi's visit also marks the coming of a new era of deeper, peaceful economic cooperation, new jobs, and broader understanding and learning between the East and the West, Plevnik added.
 
Marceli Burdelski, a professor from the University of Gdansk in Poland, said that Xi's visit to the Czech Republic was a very important international event, and it was an important part of China's efforts to develop its ties with CEE countries within the framework of China-CEE cooperation, or the "16+1" mechanism.
 
During Xi's visit, the two countries issued a joint statement to forge a strategic partnership and inked a host of cooperation agreements, which will benefit economic development of the Czech Republic, said Burdelski.
 
EurActiv, an EU website, said Xi's visit to the Czech Republic serves as a good example for China-CEE cooperation.
 
 
 

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