ZAGREB, May 21 – China hopes to play a bigger role in Croatia’s infrastructure construction and will encourage more Chinese tourists to visit the South European country, China’s top legislator said.
Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), made the remarks during a meeting Saturday with Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.
He reviewed the sound development of China-Croatia ties, saying bilateral relations have a solid political foundation as the two sides have firmly supported each other on issues concerning their respective core interests.
The two countries also share an immense potential for cooperation in economy and trade, Wu said.
With its vast forest and rich water resources, Croatia is an ideal destination for tourists and also boasts very developed industries such as ship-making and medicine.
On the other hand, China, after over three decades of reform and opening-up, is now an active player in making investment overseas and a main source of global tourists, Wu said.
The two countries should take the development of mutually-beneficial cooperation as a priority in their efforts to strengthen ties, especially in infrastructure, investment and tourism, he said.
China supports Chinese companies to invest in Croatia and actively take part in Croatian infrastructure projects such as ports, railroads, and power stations, he said, adding that China will also encourage its citizens to travel in Croatia.
He also expressed the hope that the two sides could further increase cultural exchanges.
For his part, Josipovic said Wu’s visit to Croatia on the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries will inevitably promote the bilateral relationship.
He said both China and Croatia are committed to the development of peaceful and friendly cooperative partnership, and his country highly admires China’s peaceful foreign policy and great achievements in economic and social development.
Croatia is willing to maintain the existing high-level exchanges, and increase cooperation in other fields and at various levels, such as trade, investment, infrastructure and tourism, he said.
Reaffirming Croatia’s one-China policy, he said his country will push forward the comprehensive partnership of cooperation with China.
Earlier in the day, Wu attended the launch ceremony of the Confucius Institute of Zagreb University together with Croatian Parliament Speaker Boris Sprem.
He also visited a transformer factory, the fourth largest electrical producer in Europe.