On the occasion of the China-Central and Eastern European Leaders Summit, Croatian former President Stepan Mesić said in an exclusive interview with our reporter that the summit was held as “an important step on the way to defeating the novel coronavirus and conveying strength and confidence to the world”.
“I fully support President Xi Jinping’s statement in his special speech at the World Economic Forum’s ‘Davos Agenda’ dialogue that the world’s problems are complex, and the way out to solve the problem is to maintain and practice multilateralism and promote the construction of a community of human destiny.
China-Central and Eastern European countries cooperate and jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative in accordance with the trend of multilateralism and are crucial to the maintenance and future development of China, Central and Eastern European countries and the current international system, from which all participants benefit. Messich said.
Messich believes that the completion of the China-EU investment agreement negotiations provides an institutional guarantee for China and Central and Eastern European countries to increase mutual openness and create high-quality and mutually beneficial cooperation.
This agreement is conducive to promoting the economic growth of the EU and Central and Eastern European countries and promoting the European integration process.
He stressed that the cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China is far more than how many commodity warehouses and road ports have been built.
Over time, new transportation infrastructure will provide impetus to the economic development of these countries, attract more direct investment from China, and promote wider cooperation between China-Central and Eastern European countries in fields such as industry and tourism.” I am pleased to see that China-Central and Eastern European countries cooperate to promote the development of the global governance system in a more just and reasonable direction based on the compliance with international prevailing rules, including WTO rules, and EU laws and regulations.
In Mesić’s view, Croatia is China’s good friend in the European Union, and the relations between the two countries are developing at a high level and in an all-round way.
Under the challenge of the epidemic, marked by the Peresac Bridge and Seni wind power project, the two countries have made major breakthroughs in cooperation in transportation infrastructure, energy and other fields.” China is an important engine of world economic development, and strengthening cooperation with China is an important opportunity for Croatia’s development.
Croatia will usher in more development opportunities by participating in China-Central and Eastern European countries’ cooperation and joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, and docking with its own development strategy.
“Croatia cherishes the friendship with China, and people-to-people connection means huge business opportunities and cooperation potential. More and more Chinese tourists have come to Croatia, extending the tourist season in Croatia.
Mesić hopes that China and Central and Eastern European countries will continue to strengthen their investment in the construction of the China-Central and Eastern European countries cooperation mechanism. “Cooperation within the framework of the mechanism is an important part of promoting economic recovery in the post-epidemic era.”