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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic

On May 29, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic in Guiyang.

Wang Yi said, Serbia is China's "iron-clad" friend in Europe. Our profound traditional friendship is forged in our standing shoulder to shoulder in opposing power politics and bullying practices, tested in defending independence and sovereignty, and cultivated in win-win cooperation and common development. Thus, the friendship will grow stronger and more robust as time goes by.

Wang Yi said, in recent years, President Xi Jinping and President Aleksandar Vucic have met many times, personally paid attention to and pushed forward major cooperation between the two countries, and jointly led the China-Serbia comprehensive strategic partnership to an unprecedented high level. China is willing to work with Serbia to bear in mind in the instructions of the two heads of state, firmly safeguard China-Serbia friendship, expand practical cooperation, and jointly push bilateral relations to a new level. China appreciates that Serbia stands firm for justice and supports China on matters concerning China's core interests in defiance of pressure. China will, as always, firmly support Serbia in safeguarding national sovereignty, national dignity, and legitimate rights and interests. Both sides should uphold multilateralism, safeguard the international system with the UN at its core and the international order based on international law, and jointly foster a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.

Wang Yi expressed, the trade between China and Serbia witnesses drastic increase despite the raging COVID-19, which shows great tenacity and potential. China is ready to import more high-quality products from Serbia, support more enterprises in investing and doing business in Serbia, and actively participate in Serbian large projects in fields such as infrastructure and energy. China will expand bilateral cooperation in fields including technological innovation, AI, digital economy as well as people-to-people exchanges, injecting new dimensions of the age into the China-Serbia friendship. China will also fulfill its commitment to making COVID-19 vaccine a global public good. Based on the needs of Serbia, China will do its utmost to provide assistance and support Chinese enterprises in cooperating with Serbia for exploring joint vaccine production in Serbia.

Selakovic said, China is the first Asian country that I visit after taking the new post of foreign minister. Serbia and China are "iron-clad" friends and comprehensive strategic partners. President Xi's historic state visit to Serbia in 2016 have brought the bilateral relations to a new stage of development. Serbia appreciates China's strong support for Serbia in national sovereignty and territory integration. Serbia-China friendship is neither a choice of expediency nor a diplomatic rhetoric. It is translating into practical cooperation that brings benefits to the two peoples. The two countries have joined hands to fight the pandemic. Serbia will appreciate and remember forever China's medical supplies and vaccines. The Serbian side hopes to further deepen cooperation in joint vaccine production. The bilateral trade, especially Serbian export to China, has registered a substantial increase, and the two countries have made steady progress in investment, infrastructure construction, and capacity building. Serbia is charting the development plan for practical cooperation of the two countries, and it stands ready to work with China to inject new vitality to the comprehensive strategic partnership of the two countries.

Selakovic expressed, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. The Serbian people extend warm congratulations to the Chinese people. China's great achievements are inseparable from the strong leadership of the CPC. He believes that the CPC will lead the Chinese people to create new glories.

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