At the end of the summit “China plus 16” the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang issued a statement stating that his country respected European laws, rules and standards. Speaking about relations with the European Union, he recalled a meeting in Brussels a few days ago, where, as he says, it is clear that he will communicate openly and transparently. Last year, Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovic and Bulgarian Head of Government, Boyko Borisov and other leaders of Central and Eastern Europe launched a global partnership, a body that enables Chinese companies to better understand the legislation and rules of these countries.
- We welcome Greece as a full member of the initiative, so we are now 17 plus 1 - said the Chinese Prime Minister and the delegations gathered at the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel welcomed with this approval and applause.
"We respect each other and thanks to that we can get this far in close cooperation and we will certainly continue to encourage free trade," Li Keqiang said and invited the gathered premiers, their associates and journalists next year to China, where a top-level meeting will be held for the second time regarding Central and Eastern Europe and China. For the first time, as a full member, in 2020, Greece will also attend.
Li Keqiang thanked Plenkovic, Croatia and Dubrovnik for their hospitality and good organization of this demanding meeting.
After four days of the Chinese delegation in Croatia, the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed his conviction that this was a milestone event, fruitful and useful, in relations between the two countries. Dubrovnik was not accidentally chosen as a place for the meeting. This town is historically a significant place of trade, and Plenković did not forget to mention Mark Polo, a native of Korcula, the most famous European on the Silk Road. During this summit, Croatia signed a dozen agreements with China and, in addition, many others within the private sector, and mentioned future cooperation in port and rail infrastructure.