Slovakia is located in central Europe, the eastern part of the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Since January 1st 1993, the Slovak Republic became an independent state. Consolidating the mutual friendship and beneficial cooperation has become the consensus of the two governments and their people. The Ambassador of Slovak Republic František Dlhopolček takes maintaining and developing the cooperation, development, and friendship between China and Slovakia as his key mission. At the beginning of the year, Ambassador František Dlhopolček accepted our exclusive interview.
Journalist: Since China and Slovak officially established the diplomatic relations, both countries have made great efforts to improve the bilateral relationships and the mutual cooperation achieved remarkable success. As the ambassador to China, you have also contributed a lot to this relationship development. During your term in Beijing, how will you continuously promote and develop the friendly relationship between China and Slovak?
Ambassador: I am very pleased to be Ambassador of Slovakia to China. Because China has great social atmosphere, I will make my best efforts to keep and develop the friendship between China and Slovakia. I am more concerned about the present and future of the two countries. June 18th 2009, Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Slovakia during the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Slovakia. President Hu Jintao's visit further improved bilateral political and economic relations, and wrote a new chapter in the history of relations between the two countries. I would like to introduce that the two countries have also established a “China-Slovakia Friendship Farm”. It will be a role model of modern cooperation between China and Slovakia. As Ambassador, I want to do a better job in China for Slovakia. Whether in diplomatic or other areas, I will do my best.
Journalist: Last December, when we had a brief interview with you in Guangdong, you told us that Slovak is located in the centre of Europe with convenient transportation, stable political environment, low tax rates, low labour costs and high living standards, those unique qualities are very attractive for many Chinese investors. Please share with us the main cooperation projects China and Slovak currently holds and how the Slovakian government is going to attract and support more investors.
Ambassador: Slovakia is a member of Europe. Chinese entrepreneurs invested in Slovakia, considered as investing in Europe. Slovakia is the best country to Chinese entrepreneurs among local selections. The Government of Slovakia has a lot of facilities to Chinese investors. The cooperation between two countries is not only in economic and trade, but also in the field of technology, education, technical and cultural. If the Chinese businessmen interested in investing in Slovakia, you can contact with the embassy, and we will arrange investments for their contact.
Journalist: In Shanghai World Expo last year, many Chinese visitors visited the Slovak Pavilion and discovered how beautiful the country is. The pavilion showed the countries from different perspectives of Slovakian culture, civilization, economic development and modern lifestyle, which made great impressions to Chinese visitors. What are the main characteristics of Slovakian tourism?
Ambassador: Shanghai World Expo was a very successful event, and visitors saw many beautiful foreign cities. The Slovak Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo has been moved to the “China-Slovakia Friendship Farm”, and Chinese friends can go to the “Friendship Farm” to visit the Slovak Pavilion in the future. The “Friendship Farm” will invest 100 million RMB to build a museum then move Slovak Pavilion to there. Once the museum is completed, we welcome all Chinese friends!
Journalist: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador.