Round-up: China meetings with Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Croatia
Updated 21:42, 05-Nov-2018
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with leaders from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Croatia on Friday. During the meetings, Li called for more pragmatic cooperation and closer ties with these countries. 

Encourage cooperation in infrastructure

The establishment of China-Dominican Republic ties in May has opened a new chapter, Li said while meeting with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina, stressing the one-China policy is the political basis for the two countries to develop relations. 
China encourages Chinese enterprises and financial institutions to carry out international cooperation in infrastructure building, in areas such as electricity, transportation and ports, in accordance with market rules and commercial principles, Li said. 
Medina said the Dominican Republic and China have seen fruitful achievements and tangible benefits since the two countries established diplomatic ties. 

Jointly address global challenges 

The Chinese side attaches great importance to El Salvador's adherence to the One-China policy, Li said when meeting with El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren. 
China is willing to promote cooperation in various fields, strengthen people-to-people exchanges, and jointly address global challenges such as climate change, said Li. 
Sanchez said El Salvador is willing to develop long-term relations with China, and jointly build the China-proposed BRI. 

Boost 16+1 cooperation 

Speaking to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Li said China will boost cooperation in areas such as tourism and sports with Croatia. 
China is willing to help Croatia prepare for the Eighth Summit of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), Li added. 
Li also said China is willing to promote the 16+1 cooperation, a cross-regional platform jointly built by China and 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, to a new level. 
Plenkovic said Croatia is willing to further explore the Chinese market and strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, shipping, tourism and culture.
(Cover: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren pose for a picture, November 2, 2018. /Xinhua Photo)