The move taken by China’s foreign policy makers to create organizations in the form of associations and centers under a sectoral principle to the “16 + 1” Initiative in different countries of Southeast Europe and China itself is strategically grounded.

If the opposite version of the centralized approach was chosen, where co-operation would be carried out by a collegiate body, this would lead to its negative acceptance by the European Union where there are still some concerns among some of the experts about the 16+1 and Belt and Road Initiatives, although they are still groundless so far.

To date, there are several established organizations that have begun to work and can be found in the attached table.