China's spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2017, file photo, workers and officials await the ceremony of the reconstruction of a railway line between Budapest and Belgrade, a project financed mainly by China, as a "flagship project" of China's increased presence in the region, in Belgrade, Serbia. Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing's mounting economic and political influence the EU has branded a ''systematic rival.''

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