China-CEE Relations in a New Era: The Drivers behind the Development of the Platform for Regional Cooperation 16+1

  • David Castrillón-Kerrigan Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)
Palabras clave: 16 1 Framework, China-CEE Relations, Historical Memory, Whole-Of-Region Diplomacy, Regional Cooperation


Relations between China and the countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) experienced a rapid and profound deepening from 2009 to 2019, with the 16+1 regional platform for cooperation playing a central role. From the Chinese side, what are the motivations behind the establishment of 16+1? Through a literature review, the article identifies three sets of drivers: pragmatic, political, and historical. The increasing priority given by China to relations with the European Union is also leading to a shift in how the country understands and interacts with CEE, resulting in the Europeanization of 16+1.


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Biografía del autor/a

David Castrillón-Kerrigan, Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)

Research-professor at the Center for Research and Special Projects (CIPE) of Universidad Externado de Colombia, where he researches the relation between China’s emerging strategic narratives as a new type of great power and Chinese foreign policy.


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Castrillón-Kerrigan, David. 2022. «China-CEE Relations in a New Era: The Drivers Behind the Development of the Platform for Regional Cooperation 16+1». Revista CS, n.º 37 (agosto), 63 - 84.