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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic of Serbia

On November 4, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic of Serbia in Shanghai.

Xi Jinping asked Ana Brnabic to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Aleksandar Vucic. Xi Jinping said, President Aleksandar Vucic's decision to assign Madam Prime Minister to lead a delegation for the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) fully demonstrates the importance the Serbian side attaches to China-Serbia cooperation. The Chinese side is willing to continue deepening political mutual trust and traditional friendship with the Serbian side, promote the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, further elevate the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and build a closer community of shared interests.

Xi Jinping stressed, the two sides should keep up the momentum in high-level exchanges, and firmly support each other's core interests. Efforts should be made to well implement major cooperation projects in production capacity, infrastructure construction and other fields, and jointly well build landmark projects including the Smederevo steel plant and the Budapest-Belgrade railway. The two countries should continue to carry out sound cooperation in such areas as fifth-generation mobile communications and smart cities. Both sides need to enhance cooperation in multilateral areas and uphold the basic norms governing international relations and multilateralism. The Chinese side is ready to work with all parties concerned including the Serbian side to push for the steady development of cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries.

Ana Brnabic said, the friendship between Serbia and China is as solid as steel and iron, and bilateral relations are at their historical best. Major projects including the Smederevo steel plant have greatly promoted the economic development of Serbia, and the people of Serbia have become more and more deeply aware of the benefits of Serbia-China cooperation. The Serbian side admires China's tremendous development achievements, and will continue to actively participate in the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative and support Chinese firms' investment in Serbia. The Serbian side stands ready to play a positive role in promoting cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China. The CIIE has sent a strong signal of promoting economic globalization and trade liberalization to achieve mutually beneficial and win-win outcomes. The Serbian side will continue its active participation in the CIIE, and work with the Chinese side to enhance international cooperation and oppose unilateralism and protectionism.

Ding Xuexiang, Li Qiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others were present.

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