Politics Virus hastens distancing between China and Belt and Road's European partners Updated : August 09, 2020 12:32 PM IST China is being snubbed into scaling down its ambitions right across Central and Eastern Europe, a region that is critical to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. There are clear signs that the 17 Central and Eastern European countries are cooling off towards China. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.