08 Jul 2019
Poland’s foreign minister has revealed that his country is open to investment from China, despite ties between the two countries suffering from China’s role in technology, specifically 5G and state infrastructure.
“We are also open to Chinese investments, especially greenfields, in the manufacturing and innovative sectors,” said Jacek Czaputowicz, while the Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi visited Warsaw.
The meeting formed part of the China-Poland Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee.
Wang highlighted the importance of boosting ties between the two countries, in order to improve relations across a number of sectors. One of the priorities mentions was the building of economic ties through working with the Silk Road transport network.
Although rail services between Poland China have recently improved, cargo shipments have grown and therefore caused issues with congestion.
Furthermore, Wang called for “more fruitful” discussions as part of the 17+1 format, which aims to strengthen ties among Eastern European and Western Balkan countries and consequently benefit Chinese investment in the region.
“This asymmetry, which Poland sees applies to most European Union member states, together we want to look for an agreement to balance this out,” said Czaputowicz, referring to trade imbalances European countries have with China.