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Croatia wants to increase its export to China and possibilities for enhancing cooperation lie in the transport and distribution of goods through Croatian ports, notably Rijeka, as entry points to the European Union market, the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) Zagreb branch, Zlatan Froehlich, said on Friday, opening a Croatian-Chinese business conference.

The conference was held on the occasion of a visit by a delegation of the Ningbo Chamber of International Commerce led by secretary-general Zhao Dafang.

Froehlich highlighted the favourable position of the northern Adriatic port of Rijeka, duty free zones and the vicinity of southeastern and central European markets. He also said Croatia was open to new investments from China as part of China's 16+1 framework.

Zhao underlined the importance of intensifying economic relations between the two countries and their chambers of commerce, saying today's meeting had big significance for that.

The Chinese are interested in cooperation in energy, agriculture and the metal-working industry. It was announced that Croatian companies will attend the EXPO fair in Ningbo in June. As part of the conference, Croatian and Chinese companies held talks. The Chinese delegation includes business people interested in cooperating with Croatian companies in the electrical, metal-working and wine industries.

Croatian exports to China in 2015 were US$ 78 million, while imports were $578 million.

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