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Serbia Welcomes Chinese President's Upcoming Visit

(CRI Online)    08:30, June 17, 2016

With Chinese President Xi Jinping's arriving in Serbia for a state visit, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said his country is willing to cooperate with China in various fields, and will strive for regional stability and peace through economic development.

"I think that we'll strike a lot of deals. We're getting ready to sign almost 20 agreements, which is an amazing result for a small country. And we can do a lot of businesses in all different spheres. We are very, very open to cooperating with Chinese companies, Chinese business, Chinese government in all our social spheres."

He also spoke highly of the Hungary-Serbia railway, which is China's first high speed rail built in Europe. The Prime minister says it signifies a remarkable attempt made by China, Serbia and Hungary, and the start of the cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries.

Meanwhile, as the host of President Xi's first destination, Belgrade Mayor Sini?a Mali also welcomes the Chinese leader and hopes his visit will bring more opportunities for Belgrade.

"Probably we will be signing, as far as the city is concerned, at least two agreements, maybe three. One is in the waste water treatment and infrastructure business. The value of this investment is around 500 million euro, so it's a big, sizeable investment. And another is an agreement with another Chinese company to build an industrial park, the Chinese industrial park in Belgrade next to the so-called Chinese Bridge. The bridge that was built actually by the Chinese companies. That will enable us to attract more even more Chinese companies."

Relations between two capital cities -- Beijing and Belgrade -- are the epitome of the relations between China and Serbia.

The two cities signed cooperation agreement as early as 1980 and the cooperation has brought benefits to both sides.

Serbia is the first leg of Xi Jinping's trip to Central and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia.

He will later head to Poland and Uzbekistan.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Yuan Can,Bianji)

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