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Monday, 14 May 2012

Chinese, Croatian Leaders Mark 20th Anniversary Of Diplomatic Ties

This milestone isn't earth shattering news, but deserves mentioning I think. Without getting into all kinds of economic and trade related topics, basically, I ran into some Zagreb Chinese restaurants when I was in Zagreb last time, (I'm a big fan of Chinese food), and probably a lot of people don't know that there's even a China town in Zagreb too.

There's also been a growing number of tourists arriving from China to Croatia over the years, (Japan and South Korea also I should add, for some reason they all are really into the history, sights and landscape of Croatia, camera flashes going on all over place)

Basically, this is good news because everyone knows that the Chinese market is growing at such a rate that it will be the worlds largest economy in the not too distant future, larger than even the U.S economy, and when you factor in just how many products are made and exported from China, then it's good to have to have a stable and and friendly economic and political relations.





BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao exchanged messages Sunday with Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipovic to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

In his message, Hu said that, with concerted efforts, China and Croatia had witnessed the steady development of their ties over the past 20 years.

The two nations had established a comprehensive cooperative partnership, maintained close high-level exchanges, deepened political trust, expanded cooperation in the economy and trade and reaped bumper harvests in cooperation in areas such as culture, education and tourism, Hu said.

China stood ready to work with Croatia to further advance political trust, promote dialogue at various levels, deepen practical cooperation and strive to make greater progress in boosting the China-Croatia comprehensive cooperative partnership to benefit the two peoples, he said.

Josipovic said Croatia was a reliable friend for China in southeastern Europe.

Lauding the achievements in bilateral ties over the past 20 years, Josipovic said China would have one more partner and ally in the European Union (EU) after Croatia's entry into the regional bloc.

He voiced hope that Croatia and China would continue to advance their cooperation and further cement their friendship.

Also on Sunday, China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao exchanged congratulatory notes with their Croatian counterparts, Boris Sprem and Zoran Milanovic.

Wu said the two countries' legislative bodies had made a positive contribution to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between the two sides in the past 20 years.

He also expressed willingness to work with his Croatian counterpart to further consolidate trust, increase friendly exchanges and enhance pragmatic cooperation to help create a brighter future for the China-Croatia comprehensive cooperative partnership.

Sprem said the anniversary provided a good opportunity for the two sides to push for robust development of bilateral relations and he believed cooperation between the legislative bodies on the two sides would enrich the mutually beneficial relations and help strengthen the links between the two peoples.

Wen spoke highly of the achievements in the development of bilateral ties in the past 20 years and said China was ready to work with Croatia to expand practical cooperation in all fields based on the principle of mutual respect, equality, and mutual benefit.

Milanovic echoed Wen's sentiments, saying Croatia was willing to work with the Chinese side to continue increasing high-level exchanges, to strengthen cooperation in such areas as trade and investment and to boost exchanges in culture, education and science and technology.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Croatian counterpart Vesna Pusic also exchanged congratulatory messages.

China and Croatia established diplomatic ties on May 13, 1992.

Croatia, China laud deepening ties

China and Croatia vowed to strengthen their economic and political ties over the weekend as the two countries marked 20 years of diplomatic relations.



ZAGREB, Croatia, May 15 (UPI) -- China and Croatia vowed over the weekend to strengthen economic and political ties as the two countries marked 20 years of diplomatic relations.

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao exchanged messages of congratulations Sunday on two decades of friendly international ties, which have included an ambition by Zagreb to serve as China's gateway to Eastern Europe.

The renewed commitment to stronger relations comes as Chinese shipping group COSCO is considering a $5 billion investment in the Croatian port of Rijeka with the aim of turning it into China's transport link to Europe -- its biggest trading partner.

In the weekend messages, Josipovic said Croatia was "a reliable friend for China in southeastern Europe" and predicted Beijing "would have one more partner and ally in the European Union" after Croatia's entry into the regional bloc in 2013, the state-owned Chinese news service Xinhua reported.

The Croatian leader said he hoped "Croatia and China would continue to advance their cooperation and further cement their friendship," which was officially launched May 13, 1992.

Hu said two decades of diplomacy between the countries had seen the development of "high-level exchanges, deepened political trust (and) expanded cooperation in economy and trade," while reaping "bumper harvests in cooperation in areas such as culture, education and tourism."

A big part of the two countries' relationship has been China's steadfast support for Croatia's accession to the European Union, which Beijing says will play a prominent role in promoting China-EU relations.

"I believe by joining the European Union, Croatia will create new opportunities for growth not only for Croatia but also other countries in the region while opening new space to cultivate the relations between China and the southeastern European nations," Hu said during a 2009 trip to Zagreb.

Already a popular destination for Chinese tourists, Croatia could also soon have thousands of Chinese workers in the country should COSCO follow through on its interest in the Adriatic port of Rijeka.

A Chinese labor force of up to 20,000 workers would be stationed there under plans discussed last month by top COSCO executives and Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, multiple local reports indicated.

Milanovic said the details of a Chinese investment in Rijeka would be addressed in due time and assured residents any stationing of foreign workers would be done in accordance with the country's immigration laws, the Croatia daily Free Dalmatia reported.

"We are talking with the potential partners" about the $5 billion proposal, which would also include the rebuilding of a major railroad line between Rijeka, the capital Zagreb and the Hungarian border, the prime minister told reporters April 26 in Warsaw, when Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao met with leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countries.

But, he added, "nobody will get these jobs without a public tender that sets clear, transparent and predictable conditions."

"We are a state of law and will soon enter the EU," Milanovic said. "When we talk about any jobs, then the rule is public tender and bids for the concession, like every other business."

 Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the nation’s top legislative body, shakes hands with Croatian President Ivo Josipovic in Zagreb, May 19, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]


China's top legislator Wu Bangguo has held met with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic in Zagreb. The two countries want stronger economic and trade cooperation. The aim is to promote each other's national economic and social development, and to consolidate ties.

China and Croatia pledged to support each other in a series of crucial issues, including the reform of the United Nations and climate change, at a reception in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Saturday.

Visiting top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo praised the support between the two countries on issues including territorial integrity, national security, stability and development, and he urged that both coordinate their stance on international and regional affairs.

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said at the reception that his country expects to expand its ties with China and undertake pragmatic cooperation.

At the reception commemorating the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties being established between the two countries, Wu also called attention to bilateral trade and economic exchanges in boosting relations.

Wu, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the nation’s top legislative body, is on a six-day visit to the Balkan country, and has met with Josipovic, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Speaker of Parliament Boris Sprem.

Saying the two countries have many opportunities to cooperate in industries such as infrastructure construction, mutual investment and tourism, Wu called upon the Chinese government to continue its support for domestic companies to invest in Croatia, especially in harbor, railway and power station construction .

Wu said Croatia has a superior geographic position and a wealth of forest and water resources. He said the two countries, which have a sound industrial basis of tourism, shipbuilding and medicines, are complementary, adding that Croatia will become an attractive destination for China’s overseas investment

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo has held met with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic in Zagreb. The two countries want stronger economic and trade cooperation. The aim is to promote each other's national economic and social development, and to consolidate ties.

“Both should make full use of established cooperative trade committees to improve overall planning and expand exchanges,” he said.

Wu urged that both work toward a breakthrough in fundraising for potential investment.

China announced a $10 billion credit line for Central and Eastern Europe in late April to support cooperative projects in the region’s infrastructure. China has also announced plans for a $500 million fund to help Chinese business ventures take root in the region.

“Croatia should seize this opportunity to initiate several landmark cooperative projects and thus accumulate experience little by little and expand cooperation,” he said.

The six-day tour, which started on Wednesday, marks Wu’s first time to visit Croatia.

Calling for more economic exchanges in the future, Wu stressed that political trust will always be fundamental to developing bilateral relations, and he expressed the Chinese government’s appreciation for Croatia’s adherence to the one-China policy and its support in crucial issues such as Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang.

He said Sino-Croatian relations have been elevated to a new chapter, after a comprehensive cooperative partnership was established between the two countries in 2005, followed by President Hu Jintao’s visit to the country in 2009.

Croatia is now China’s largest trade partner in southeastern Europe. In 2011, trade between the two surpassed $1.6 billion.

Chinese tourism in Croatia increased to more than 22,000 visits in 2011, almost doubled that of 2010, according to statistics provided by the Chinese embassy.

Croatia, now at the threshold of the European Union, will become another “reliable” friend of China in the Union, experts said.

Croatia is the second leg of Wu’s four-nation European tour, which will also take him to Luxemburg and Spain. Before this, he paid a three-day visit to the Netherlands.

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