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The development of the ‘16+1’ format largely reflected China’s strategic aims defined at the beginning of the diplomatic offensive in the region.
One of the principal aims underlying China’s development of the ‘16+1’ format is to increase its soft power in Europe.
Regardless of the limited effectiveness of activities carried out so far, China has continued its ‘16+1’ initiative.
So far the intensification of political contacts has not been accompanied by the dynamic influx of Chinese investment which the region’s governments expected.