Railway infrastructure projects, particularly the construction of a railway from Rijeka via Zagreb towards the border with Hungary, as well as the ongoing project to upgrade the Port of Rijeka were some of the projects discussed at a meeting between a Chinese delegation and Croatian Maritime Affairs, Transport Minister Oleg Butkovic in Zagreb on Wednesday.
The Croatian ministry stated in a press release that Minister Butkovic met with the delegation of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Chinese Ambassador to Croatia, Deng Ying.
The Chinese guests were presented with a brochure providing information about the said projects.
The ministry's press release notes that Ambassador Deng Ying underscored that her country welcomed the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea initiative which it considered to be complementary to a Chinese initiative "One Belt, One Road" which upholds the interests of Chinese investors.
The diplomat recalled that China had already established a defined cooperation framework with the European Union and that Beijing expected cooperation between Croatia and China, based on the framework of cooperation with central and eastern European countries (China + 16), to be fruitful.
During a meeting between the Chinese delegation on Tuesday with senior Croatian officials, there was mention of possible investments in energy, transport, infrastructure and tourism.