Eyes on the Prize Beijing Sets its Sights on Central Europe

In recent months, China has begun to invest more heavily in Central and Eastern Europe. The new initiative reflects both Beijing's desire to develop beyond the production of cheap goods and its goal of establishing a presence in the European market for those products. The investments could also deepen political ties with countries like Poland and its neighbors.
Von Caille Millner
Getting a foothold in European markets: China's Premier Wen Jiabao is pictured here during his visit to Warsaw in April.

Getting a foothold in European markets: China's Premier Wen Jiabao is pictured here during his visit to Warsaw in April.

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