Beijing, 5 February 2022 (TDI): Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić at the Great Hall of the People. The Serbian President is visiting China for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2022.

President Xi welcomed President Vučić to China for the opening ceremony. He stated that China and Serbia are “ironclad friends” with mutual political trust. Moreover, the bilateral relationship between Serbia and China is an example of international relations as they have morphed into stronger ties.

Likewise, recently, the two allies have undergone leapfrog development of bilateral ties. What with numerous important collaboration ventures in energy, infrastructure, and production capacity.

The cooperation is an apt exemplification of China’s cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries. China and Serbia have collaborated since the outbreak of COVID-19. The collaboration encompasses mutual assistance and support.

Highlighting the evolution unseen in a hundred years as well as the once-in-a-century pandemic, the Chinese President emphasized that China and Serbia ought to approach bilateral relations from a long-term and strategic perspective.

In addition, the two should boost China-Serbia friendship, along with safeguarding the fundamental interests of both countries. China firmly supports the course of development that the Serbian people have adopted, independently.

President Xi also stressed that the two sides must pursue high-quality cooperation on Belt and Road, improve strategic synergies, advance cooperation projects like the Novi Sad-Ruma expressway and Serbia-Hungary railway for more progress.

Furthermore, the two should constantly strengthen the social and economic benefits of projects like the Zijin Bor Copper and HBIS Smederevo Steel Plant to translate traditional camaraderie between China and Serbia into a more practically collaborative accomplishment.

President Xi affirmed China’s dedication to supplying aid to Serbia in combating COVID-19 as well as boosting bilateral collaboration in mutual vaccine production and restoration of work and production.

He further stressed the significance of enlisting public support for the China-Serbia friendship and conveyed China’s willingness to improve collaboration with Serbia in multifarious domains.

Likewise, he underlined the need to cooperate for safeguarding the UN-centered international system as well as the international order underpinned by international law, accelerate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, uphold the basic norms of international relations, and facilitate the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

President Vučić on his part lauded the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2022 that was held on 4 February 2022. Moreover, he appreciated the thoughtful and warm reception of the Chinese side as well as the sincerity and friendship of the Chinese people.

The Serbian President expressed that Serbia will always stand with the Chinese people on matters pertaining to China’s core interests including Xinjiang and Taiwan. Serbia gives immense importance to its ties with China.

President Vučić also extended an invitation to the President of China to visit Serbia at the earliest possible time of convenience after the Covid-19 pandemic. Serbian President arrived in Beijing on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics as well as other events.