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China's Belt and Road Initiative Finds Shaky Ground in Eastern Europe

Aug 9, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (C) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a summit at the Belt and Road Forum on May 15, 2017, in Beijing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (C) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a summit at the Belt and Road Forum on May 15, 2017, in Beijing. China is keen on investing in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, but some obstacles are blocking its path.

As Beijing tries to strengthen its economic and security ties with Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, geopolitical factors – not least of them Russia's enduring influence in the countries – will get in the way....

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