China is ready to lend $10 billion for infrastructure projects in central and eastern Europe while boosting trade ties with the region, Premier Wen Jiabao said.
“The global economy has begun to perform better since the beginning of the year but the recovery is still uncertain,” Wen said today in a speech to a regional economic forum in Warsaw, according to a Polish translation of his remarks. “We have to face this challenge together.”
China will set up a $10 billion credit line “to support infrastructure and green-economy” projects in the region, Wen said. It’s also ready to sign currency-exchange agreements with eastern European countries with the goal of doubling bilateral foreign trade in five years, he added.
Eastern European economies are threatened by the debt crisis afflicting their neighbors to the west, which buy the majority of exports from the region and whose lenders control about three quarters of its banking assets. The Chinese leader is on the last stop of a European trip that took him to Iceland, Germany and Sweden.
“China is aware of the concerns about trade imbalances expressed in Europe and is prepared to increase its imports from the region,” Wen told the business gathering.
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