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Wang Yi Holds Talks with First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic of Serbia

On December 15, 2016, Foreign Minster Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic of Serbia.

Wang Yi said that China and Serbia are good friends and partners with mutual trust, and bilateral relations have been tested by the times and ever-changing international situation. Serbia firmly supports China on many issues concerning China’s core interests and speaks out for justice, which fully showcases the strategic significance and high level of China-Serbia relations. President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Serbia this June, during which the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership, opening up a new chapter in the friendship and cooperation between China and Serbia. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Serbian side, constantly consolidate traditional friendship, enhance high-level exchanges, deepen practical cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, infrastructure, finance and tourism and further enrich the connotation of bilateral relations. Appreciating Serbia’s active participation in the “Belt and Road” construction and cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), China supports the Serbian side to combine its own advantages to push for more results from cooperation in various areas within above frameworks.

Ivica Dacic expressed that it is one of the pillars of Serbia’s foreign policies to develop relations with China. China is the most sincere partner of Serbia, and Serbia is also the most steadfast friend of China in Europe. The Serbian side thanks China for its consistent support to Serbia in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will always and firmly uphold one-China principle as well as continue to staunchly support China on all issues concerning its major concerns. The “Belt and Road” initiative highly matches Serbia’s long-term development strategy. The Serbian side stands ready to actively respond to and participate in the initiative and push forward the implementation of Budapest-Belgrade railway and other exemplary projects at an early date. Serbia also hopes to play a more active role in the “16+1” cooperation.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common interest.

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