Following the visit of the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic to China after ignoring the Berlin Process Summit in Tirana, the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, has now traveled to China.
There she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who noted that such steps by Serbia had shown Serbia’s sincere friendship with the Chinese people and its firm commitment to developing relations with China.
“China and Serbia are “iron friends” who have stood together. Bilateral relations have a deep historical foundation, solid public support, broad common interests and a strong driving force for cooperation. In recent years, Sino-Serbian relations have shown a high degree of stability, with enriching dimensions of comprehensive strategic partnership and fruitful results in practical cooperation. “Under the new circumstances, China is willing to work with Serbia to promote the high-quality development of bilateral relations and bring more benefits to both peoples,” said the Chinese president.
Xi Jinping emphasized that the two sides should make joint efforts to properly build and implement major cooperation projects, work towards the early entry into force of the China-Serbia free trade agreement, strengthen cooperation in scientific innovation and technology, and deepen cooperation in areas such as education, sports and tourism, expand personnel exchanges and promote Sino-Serbian friendship.
“China supports Serbia in pursuing an independent development path and is willing to work with Serbia to strengthen multilateral coordination and cooperation and jointly safeguard justice and international justice.”
Meanwhile, Brnabic expressed his deep admiration “for China’s rapid development and revitalization as well as its strategic foresight” and the extraordinary leadership of President Xi Jinping.
“The relations between Serbia and China are solid and sound, and China has become Serbia’s largest investment partner, with bilateral cooperation projects such as the HBIS Smederevo Steel Plant changing the perspective of Serbia’s national development.” The conclusion of the free trade agreement between the two countries in half a year is full proof of the firm determination of both sides to further deepen relations. China has always supported Serbia in safeguarding national sovereignty and dignity, for which the Serbian people are deeply grateful. Serbia resolutely pursues the “One-China” policy and looks forward to working with China to continue mutual support and continuously advance cooperation.
While Vucic stayed in China, he held talks about arms purchase agreement.
“We met with the understanding of our Chinese friends. We also talked about other things that are necessary for us in cooperation in all areas of the economy, business and military-technical cooperation,” Vucic said, adding that at the moment Serbia has no one else to get more modern and sophisticated weapons than from China.