Premier Li Keqiang is playing the role of "high-speed train ambassador" again during his ongoing visits in Europe as leading officials from China, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia agreed on Wednesday to build a land-sea express route by expanding the Budapest-Belgrade rail line to Skopje, Athens and the major container port of Piraeus in Greece.
Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Third Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in Belgrade on Dec 16, 2014.
There is tremendous potential for China and CEE countries to work with each other, Li said, saying the Belgrade Guidelines for Cooperation between China and CEE countries released after the meeting sets the direction of future cooperation.
During the economically and socially turbulent years since 2007, Europeans have basically suffered two recessions. And another one is around the corner if the new leadership of the European Union does not handle the economic recovery properly.
Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the speech by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the 13th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana on Dec 15, 2014.
China's new Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road economic strategies confirm the adage that rising powers make all the right decisions while falling ones (such as the British Empire in the first half of the 20th century) make all the wrong ones.