President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, Chen Bo, to discuss strategic cooperation between the two countries, as well as the existing and new infrastructure projects. President Vučić pointed out the exceptional dynamics in the cooperation between Serbia and China, based on mutual trust and respect, as well as on a stable economy and strategic planning aimed at long-term projects at the national and regional levels.
The President especially pointed out that the friendship between the two countries is based on consistent respect for the territorial integrity of Serbia and the policy of "one China", as well as on the fight to preserve the principles of international law, which is crucial for maintaining global stability. President Vučić noted that China is the third-largest trade partner of Serbia and that the investments of this country in Serbia are recording constant and strong growth.
The interlocutors also discussed details related to the commercial contract for the construction of the highway section from Požega to Boljare, which is an exceptional challenge for builders as it will be 107 kilometres long and will have 97 bridges and a large number of tunnels, which makes it extremely demanding. President Vučić and Ambassador Chen also discussed new infrastructure projects such as the construction of Sector C of the Belgrade bypass on the E-70/E-75 highway on the section Bubanj Potok-Vinča-Pančevo, as well as the construction of the Požarevac-Gradište-Golubac corridor.
The interlocutors also discussed the status of works on a large number of ongoing infrastructure projects. The President particularly expressed the expectation that after the already successfully accomplished large projects, there will be new investments such as projects of HBIS in Smederevo, Zidjin in Bor, Shangdong Linglong in Zrenjanin, Mint Automotive in Loznica and Mei Ta in Obrenovac. A special topic of conversation was one of the largest communal infrastructure projects for revitalization and construction of a sewerage network with a wastewater treatment plant in 65 local governments in Serbia, which will significantly respond to environmental challenges, but also improve the quality of life of Serbian citizens.
Ambassador Chen stated that the exceptional cooperation between Serbia and the People's Republic of China will continue at an even more intensive pace and that the focus of both countries will remain on the fight against the pandemic and economic growth, as well as on infrastructural and economic connections through a number of initiatives and projects.
President Vučić once again thanked Ambassador Chen Bo for her readiness to regularly discuss further improvement of cooperation between Serbia and China, as well as for her country's great help in the most difficult times for Serbia, emphasising the fact that the People's Republic of China has delivered 3 million vaccines of the company "Sinopharm", with which our country managed to immunise a large number of citizens and save many lives.
The President also expressed confidence that the President and great friend of our country Xi Jinping will visit Serbia again as soon as conditions allow, and that this visit will once again confirm the strength of friendship and mutual respect between Serbia and the People's Republic of China.
3rd May 2021