Yesterday, Mayor Tan Chengxu met with Dario Mihelin, Croatian Ambassador to China and his party at Shangri-La Hotel. Mark Filippovic, deputy mayor of Rijeka, Croatia, Bisella Fabri, Croatian Counselor in China, and Yi Qingtao, secretary general of the People's Government of Dalian, attended the meeting.
Tan Chengxu welcomed Croatian guests to Dalian to attend the 5th working group meeting of the China-CEE Local Governors Association and wished Rijeka "2020 European Capital of Culture" a complete success. He said that the friendly relations between Dalian and Croatia were continuously developing against the background of increasingly close ties between China and Croatia.
In 2006, Dalian and Rijeka became friendly and cooperative cities and carried out many exchange activities in the fields of economy, tourism, education and ports. It is hoped that the 5th China-Central and Eastern European Countries Local Governors Association Working Group Meeting will be held as an opportunity to further strengthen the communication and exchange between Dalian and Croatian cities, explore the potential for cooperation, and strive to make greater progress in mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, transportation and other fields, and achieve greater breakthroughs in cultural exchanges, education, sports, tourism and other fields.
Dario Mihelin said that the Croatian embassy in China was willing to actively propagate Dalian and promote multi-field exchanges between relevant Croatian cities and Dalian. Mark Filippovic thanked Dalian for its support for Rijeka's successful election as "2020 European Capital of Culture" and invited Dalian delegation to attend various activities of "2020 European Capital of Culture".