Road and belt: China-CEE relations in the 21st century

The conference focuses the economic, cultural and diplomatic relations and cooperation between China and the Central Europe countries. Topics include: the “16+1 cooperation”, challenges and opportunities, trends of economic cooperation, global perspectives, Hungary-China relations . The presentations will be held in English. The event is organised in cooperation with Corvinus University of Budapest and the Central European Association.

The organisation of the entire event was inspired by two main factors: 2018 is the year of tourism between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. This agreement affects numerous vital questions that are connected to the tourism sector between the two partners. Along with this, the last China-CEEC summit of the Heads of Government was held in Budapest in November 2017, which also provides relevance to the event.

The participation is free of charge.


9 April 2018 | Mon | 3:30 pm


Corvinus University of Budapest (1093 Budapest, Budapest, Közraktár utca 2-4, Building C, Auditorum IX)


15:00 – Registration

15:30 – Opening remarks

15:40 – SESSION I. Expert panel (Central and Eastern Europe’s economic development and the involvement of China)

Viktor Eszterhai (Deputy Director of Research, Pallas Athene Geopolitical Foundation) – The “16+1 Cooperation” from a global perspective

Ágnes Szunomár (Research Fellow, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, HAS Institute of World Economics) – Chinese investments and infrastructural expansion in Central and Eastern Europe

Péter Goreczky (Senior Analyst, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade) – Opportunities and illusions: the economic relations of CEE and China

Adrienn Prieger (Assistant Professor, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church) – Chinas’s solar panel: Welcome a solar powered future

Moderator: Dániel Varga (Executive Vice President, CEA)

17:10 – Break

17:30 – SESSION II. – Diplomatic panel (Bilateral and multilateral relations. The role of China and Central Europe in the changing world order)

István Tózsa (Head of the Department of Economic Geography, Corvinus University of Budapest)

H. E. Juraj Chmiel (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic)

Péter Ákos Bod (former Chairman of the Hungarian National Bank) – How Does “Opening to the East” Fit into Economic Develoment Path of Hungary?

Moderator: Konstantinos Lapadakis (ICRP Associate)

19:00 – Closing remarks

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