A major road link in Montenegro has been blamed for raising the country’s debts. Photo: AFP
A major road link in Montenegro has been blamed for raising the country’s debts. Photo: AFP

China pins hopes on Balkans as gateway to Europe but faces growing scepticism

  • Beijing sees the region as a gateway to the EU, but the eagerness for Chinese cash is tempered by growing caution about whether it can fulfil its promises
  • A number of government leaders stayed away from the latest ‘17+1’ summit with President Xi Jinping

A major road link in Montenegro has been blamed for raising the country’s debts. Photo: AFP
A major road link in Montenegro has been blamed for raising the country’s debts. Photo: AFP
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