News – Extraordinary relations between China, Serbia in all areas – Government of Serbia – May 16, 2019
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has met with Chinese Minister for Veteran Affairs Sun Shaocheng to discuss the overall relations of the two countries and further forms of enhancing cooperation.
Brnabic assessed that relations between the People’s Republic of China and Serbia are remarkable and characterised by a comprehensive strategic partnership and “steel friendship”.
She stressed that Serbia very much appreciates the support provided by China on the political, economic and economic level, and especially expressed gratitude on the consistent position and continuous support on the issue of Kosovo-Metohija.
Sun pointed out that China and Serbia are friendly countries characterised by excellent cooperation, stressing that this is the reason why he signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Serbian Ministry of Labour, Veteran and Social Affairs first.
Sun said that this is another step towards improving the relations between the two countries, and at the same time expressed gratitude to Serbia for the humanitarian aid sent to China after a major earthquake in 2008.
PortSEurope Note: Last month, the Serbian Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure announced that contracts were signed in Beijing on financing two major projects from the new investment cycle in infrastructure, the construction of the Preljina-Pozega highway on the Corridor 11 and the modernisation and reconstruction of the Belgrade-Budapest highway section from Novi Sad to Subotica.
Work will be carried out by a consortium of China Communications and Construction Company and China Railway International, with finance provided by the Chinese Exim Bank.
The contract signings represent that latest investment by China in European transport assets, all associated with the new Silk Road, as Beijing seeks to operate and manage transport assets to improve access for Chinese made products to European markets.
Serbia is a member of the ”Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries” Group, known as ”16+1″, and will be renamed the “17+1” when Greece joins.