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Xi Jinping Speaks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the Phone

On June 24, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Xi Jinping said, the Serbian people attach great importance to friendship. The iron-clad China-Serbia friendship is most valuable and deserves to be firmly upheld and carried forward from generation to generation. At present, both China and Serbia are facing new opportunities and challenges. China is ready to, together with Serbia, view and develop bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective to make the friendly relations between China and Serbia even stronger with the passing of time.

Xi Jinping stressed that we should firmly support each other while making respective efforts to safeguard our national sovereignty and security. China supports the development path chosen by the Serbian people based on national conditions. We should speed up high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, foster new growth points of cooperation, share opportunities and seek common development. We should work together to tackle global challenges such as COVID-19, economic recovery and climate change. China is ready to offer further assistance to Serbia in fighting the pandemic as needed. We should strengthen coordination in multilateral affairs, firmly uphold the international system with the United Nations at its core, defend international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and practice true multilateralism. We should fully implement the consensus and outcomes of the Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) to push for constant new progress in China-CEEC cooperation.

Vucic expressed his warm congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Vucic said, under the leadership of the CPC, China has made great achievements that have attracted worldwide attention, achieved national prosperity and become an important force in promoting world peace and development. I firmly believe that the CPC will continue leading the Chinese people to stride forward along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. China is a great friend of Serbia and the Serbia-China relations are at our best in history. Serbia is very proud of its iron-clad friendship with China. China has provided invaluable assistance for Serbia in fighting the COVID-19, which deepened and consolidated the traditional friendship. Vucic hopes the two sides will strengthen cooperation in vaccines and other fields. Serbia is ready to participate in the joint construction of the Belt and Road and expand pragmatic cooperation in various fields. Serbia firmly supports and will continue actively promoting China-CEEC cooperation. Vucic wishes a long-lasting friendship between Serbia and China!

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