Li treats CEE lead­ers to a ride on the rails

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dec­o­rated with the flags of China and the 16 CEE coun­tries, as well as a math­e­mat­i­cal for­mula — 16+1>17 — in­di­cat­ing the strong po­ten­tial of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the CEE coun­tries.

Slove­nia Prime Min­is­ter Miro Cerar stood up to check the sta­bil­ity of the semi-trans­par­ent lug­gage rack, which is made of tem­pered glass, and then placed his bag on it.

Nikola Gruevski, prime min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia, told China Daily af­ter the trip that he was think­ing about buy­ing more high-speed trains from China. Mace­do­nia was the first Euro­pean coun­try to op­er­ate a high-speed train that was made in China.

Li said fur­ther such co­op­er­a­tion is likely. “China is in talks with the CEE coun­tries on more trans­porta­tion projects,” and China’s safe, fast and in­ex­pen­sive high-speed trains fit well with the needs of the CEE coun­tries, he said.

China, Ser­bia and Hun­gary fi­nal­ized doc­u­ments on Tues­day to al­low China to lead the con­struc­tion and fi­nanc­ing of a rail­way link­ing Bel­grade and Bu­dapest.

Kong Tian­ping, a re­searcher at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sci­ences, said “China’s ties with CEE coun­tries can also help in­crease their op­por­tu­ni­ties in the EU”.

Chen Mengwei con­trib­uted to this story.

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PHO­TOS BY WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Premier Li Ke­qiang and most of the lead­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Fourth Sum­mit of China and Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­pean Coun­tries (16+1) pose for a group photo on Wed­nes­day in front of the high-speed train they took from Suzhou, Jiangsu prov­ince, to Shang­hai.

Premier Li Ke­qiang talks with Ser­bian Prime Min­is­ter Alek­san­dar Vu­cic dur­ing the trip to Shang­hai.

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