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Chinese president arrives in Zagreb for state visit

2009-06-19 15:50:34 GMT2009-06-19 23:50:34 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) arrives at Zagreb, capital of Croatia, June 19, 2009, as he is welcomed by Croatian President Stjepan Mesic (1st R). Hu arrived in Zagreb Friday for a state visit to strengthen the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two nations.(Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R, front) is welcomed upon his arrival while Croatian President Stjepan Mesic (1st R, front) looks on at Zagreb, capital of Croatia, June 19, 2009. Hu arrived in Zagreb Friday for a state visit to strengthen the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two nations.(Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) is welcomed by his Croatian counterpart Stjepan Mesic upon his arrival at Zagreb, capital of Croatia, June 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R, front) hugs a local girl greeting him while his Croatian counterpart Stjepan Mesic (1st R) looks on, at Zagreb, capital of Croatia, June 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R, front) is welcomed upon his arrival while Croatian President Stjepan Mesic (1st R, front) looks on, at Zagreb, capital of Croatia, June 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

ZAGREB, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in the Croatian capital of Zagreb Friday for a state visit to strengthen the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two nations.

This is the first visit to Croatia by a Chinese head of state since the two countries established diplomatic ties 17 years ago.

In Zagreb, President Hu is expected to meet Croatian leaders to discuss how to enhance bilateral cooperation and exchange views on major regional and global issues of common concern.

The two countries are expected to sign a host of cooperation deals involving various sectors during the visit.

"I believe that President Hu's visit to Croatia will have great impact on consolidating traditional friendship between China and Croatia and deepening all-round and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries," said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Hui last week.

The China-Croatia ties have developed steadily since the two countries established diplomatic relations 17 year ago. Their bilateral relations have entered a new era since the two countries forged a comprehensive cooperative partnership in 2005.

In recent years, China and Croatia have had more high-level exchanges, strengthened their political mutual trust, expanded their fruitful cooperation to all fields, and maintained close cooperation and mutual support on issues concerning each other's basic interests.

Croatia is the last leg of President Hu's three-nation tour, which has already taken him to Russia and Slovakia.

Hu had earlier attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and a summit of BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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