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Yang Xiong Meets President of Croatia
    On October 16, Yang Xiong, mayor of Shanghai, met with H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi?, president of Croatia and her delegation, expressing warm welcome to Her Excellency on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Government and the people of Shanghai.
    Yang Xiong said that Shanghai and Croatia have had longtime friendly ties, and Shanghai and Zagreb have been sister cities for 35 years now. Shanghai would like to play a bigger role in the promotion of friendly exchange and cooperation between the two countries, under the general framework of China-Croatia comprehensive partnership, the “One Belt, One Road” initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping and the China-Central and Eastern European countries “16 1” mechanism. Shanghai has been committed to turning itself into an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center, and things have been progressing smoothly. Through building China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, we are pushing forward investment and trade facilitation and financial reform and opening up and providing an important platform for Chinese enterprises going to invest abroad and for foreign businesses coming to Shanghai. We welcome the Croatian Chamber of Commerce to establish a representative office in Shanghai, and we would like to see the two sides deepening cooperation in the tourist, cultural, scientific & technological, educational, medical and health areas and achieve common development.
    President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi? said that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the comprehensive partnership between Croatia and China. On the basis of the existing practical cooperation, Croatia hopes to further develop its economic and trade ties with China and have more cooperation with Shanghai in the food processing, tourist, scientific & technological, educational, port and shipbuilding areas.
    Deng Ying, Chinese ambassador to Croatia, and Nebojsa Koharovic, Croatian ambassador to China, were present at the meeting.