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Premier Li expects closer China-Croatia ties, enhanced 16+1 cooperation

Christian Fernsby |
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has expressed high expectations that his trip to Croatia will promote China-Croatia ties and boost cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC).

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Li made the remarks ahead of his visit to Croatia starting Tuesday.

"As the first Chinese premier to pay an official visit to Croatia, I am full of expectations for this trip," Li said in the article in local newspapers entitled "A Colorful Nation, A Bright Outlook."

In the past 27 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have treated each other with respect and as equals, political trust and friendship have deepened, cooperation in various fields has yielded fruitful outcomes, and economic and trade ties have grown from strength to strength, Li said.

The premier expected the visit to be a catalyst for converting respective strengths into strong complementarity and possibilities for future cooperation between the two countries.

The premier cited the Chinese-built Peljesac Bridge that can potentially cut a three-hour journey to just two to three minutes.

He described the bridge, which was made possible by seamless integration of funds, standards, equipment and materials from China and Europe, as a "historic breakthrough" in China-Croatia cooperation and an example for China-Croatia-EU cooperation.

Noting that both countries are pursuing economic transformation, Li expressed his confidence that "our synergy and cooperation in multiple areas will open up more possibilities for promoting progress and higher living standards in both societies and enrich the cultural experiences of our people."

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