President Xi Jinping meets with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 18, 2018. Aleksandar Vucic is in China to attend the Summer Davos Forum.[Photo/Xinhua]
BEIJING — President Xi Jinping met on Sept 18 with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is in China to attend the Summer Davos Forum annual meeting in Tianjin.
Hailing the traditional friendship and deep trust between China and Serbia, Xi said the two countries have seen fruitful outcomes of pragmatic cooperation. He welcomed the implementation of consensus reached between him and Vucic on bilateral cooperation, which has injected strong power into the development of China-Serbia relations.
China is willing to work with Serbia to firmly support each other on issues involving their respective core interests and major concerns, and jointly safeguard multilateralism and international justice, he added.
Xi mentioned the smooth cooperation between China’s Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Serbian Smederevo steel plant, and the fact that the project has become Serbia’s second-largest exporter.
China and Serbia should join hands in the Belt and Road construction, and synergize their development strategies to deepen bilateral cooperation and better benefit the two peoples, Xi said.
For his part, Vucic said Serbia appreciates China’s help and is willing to become a truehearted partner of China and continually support each other to consolidate their friendship.
Noting that the Belt and Road construction is beneficial to all people along the route, Vucic said the revival of the Smederevo steel plant served as a strong evidence that the Belt and Road Initiative contributed to an increase of jobs and economic growth in Serbia.
He said Serbia will actively participate in the initiative and explore new cooperation areas with China under the China-Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation framework.
After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.