Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday [5 November 2016] called for enhancing agricultural cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to bring new vigor to global trade and investments in the area. In a congratulatory letter sent to the Meeting of China-CEEC Ministers of Agriculture, the premier said China is willing to share its experience with CEE nations for better cooperation…Full Article: Xinhua Nov 2016

Key Point

  • From 2nd to 9th November 2016, Premier Li Keqiang visited Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Latvia, and Kazakhstan.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2016, Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food stated his ministry wanted increased cooperation within the 16+1 mechanism.
  • In April 2014, Bulgaria was seeking to host the Agro Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central Eastern European Countries (started in 2010), which has traditionally been hosted in China.
  • In September 2013, the 8th Agro-trade & Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central-Eastern European Countries was held in Hefei, Anhui Province
  • Launched in 2012, Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (aka the 16+1 mechanism) serves to promote economic trade between participating European countries and China. In 2012, China-CEE leaders met in Warsaw, followed by Bucharest (2013) and Belgrade (2014).



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