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H.E. Mr. Hu Zhaoming, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia, Meets with the Croatian Winner of the Chinese Government ''Friendship Award''
2017/11/24

On 26th October, H.E. Mr. Hu Zhaoming, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Croatia, met with the Croatian winner of the Chinese government ''Friendship Award'' who just got back from China - the former Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and former Ambassador to China, Mr Ante Simonić and his wife. The Assistant Minister of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Mr Vice Skračić was also invited to the meeting. Ambassador Hu Zhaoming congratulated Mr Ante Simonić for receiving the award, pointed out that this award was the full recognition by the Chinese government for his promotion of the development of the China-Croatia relations and enhancing the friendship between the two countries. H.E. Ambassador Hu Zhaoming hoped that Mr Simonić would continue making persistent efforts and contribute even more to the development of China-Croatia relations. Mr Ante Simonić said he was very honored to be the first Croatian to receive this award and that ''Friendship Award'' gave him both encouragement and impetus to keep making unremitting efforts to the friendly cooperation between the two countries.

The Chinese government "Friendship Award" is the highest award established by the Chinese government to recognize foreign friends who have made remarkable contributions to China's modernization, reform and opening up. ''Friendship Award'' is awarded to 50 people every year and on every five and ten anniversary of the National Day 100 people will be awarded. Mr Ante Simonić is the first Croatian who won this award.

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