On August 17, 2009, Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), met with Speaker Luka Bebic of the Croatian Assembly at the Great Hall of the People.
During the meeting, Wu hailed the progress of bilateral ties since the forging of diplomatic ties 17 years ago, citing frequent high-level visits, deepening political trust, remarkable trade cooperation and dynamic exchanges in cultural, technological and educational areas. Both sides have also maintained sound communication and cooperation on major international and regional issues, he added. "China highly values its relations with Croatia, and regards the country as a reliable good friend and partner in southeast Europe," Wu told Bebic. He vowed joint efforts with the country to cement bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all fields to build better future for bilateral ties.
"The parliamentary cooperation between both sides had contributed to the development of an all-round cooperative partnership," Wu said, adding the Chinese NPC hopes to further develop friendly relations with the Croatian Assembly through the visit by Speaker Luka Bebic and deepen exchanges between special committees, friendship groups and offices of the two parliaments. The Chinese NPC is also ready to keep closer coordination with the Croatian Assembly in the international and regional parliamentary organizations and make new contributions to building understanding and friendship between the two peoples and consolidating the political and social basis of bilateral ties.
Calling China a great friend of Croatia, Bebic said his country was delighted with China's development achievements. He believed China had made a great contribution to world peace and development by dealing with the global economic crisis in an active way and by maintaining stable and relatively fast economic growth. He expressed hope that both sides will carry out closer cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, tourism and infrastructure construction, adding that his country welcomes Chinese businesses to invest and develop in Croatia. The Croatian Assembly is ready to work with the NPC of China to play a greater role in pushing forward bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership.