Next year Croatia will host a summit of the 16 + 1 initiative of countries of eastern and central Europe and China, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic confirmed on Friday after meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Sofia and added that a new page in relations between Croatia and China was opened at the last summit, held seven months ago.
Plenkovic underscored that in the past seven months, since the summit in Budapest in November last year, cooperation between China and Croatia had been raised to a new level.
“It’s a fact that since the last meeting we have agreed a meeting of 16 + 1 tourism ministers to be held in Dubrovnik in September. It is also a fact that the China Road and Bridge Corporation company has won the tender for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge. That has opened an absolutely new page in relations between China and Croatia. I believe that that fact and the next summit, when the prime minister of China will visit Croatia, will contribute to strengthening our cooperation,” Plenkovic underscored.
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) had opened an office in Shanghai and the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) would do so too. Croatia had been recognised by Chinese tourists as an interesting new destination in Europe and that this year 200,000 Chinese tourists could visit the country and we are trying to agree direct flights between Zagreb and Beijing and Shanghai.
Countries attending the summit include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and China.