Yang Jiechi Meets with Serbian President Tadic

On May 4, 2011, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Serbian President Boris Tadic in Belgrade.

Yang conveyed President Hu Jintao’s greetings to President Tadic. Calling Serbia "a real friend" of China, Yang said China attaches great importance to China-Serbia strategic partnership, which is solidly based on the public opinions of the two countries. While pledging to further consolidate the political mutual trust with Serbia and strengthen the bilateral coordination on major regional and international issues, he also said China is ready to actively upgrade the scope and quality of the bilateral pragmatic cooperation in areas such as economy, trade, science, technology, culture and education, in a bid to achieve socioeconomic progress for both countries. Yang said that China appreciates Serbia's adherence to the one-China principle, and supports Serbia's efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, with the hope that the Balkan country could play a more prominent role in regional affairs.

Tadic asked Yang to convey his regards to President Hu. He appreciated China's efforts to advance the bilateral ties, saying that the two nations are both strategic partners and traditional friends. It is of critical importance for Serbia to shore up exchange and cooperation with China in politics, economy, science, technology, and on multilateral issues, he said, stressing that Serbia remains committed to developing the bilateral strategic partnership.

Serbia would like to see more Chinese investments and hopes to become a key platform for China's cooperation with the Balkan region and Europe as a whole, said the president. While stressing that his country will stick to the one-China principle as always, Tadic said Serbia appreciates and attaches importance to China's rising global status and growing influence, with the hope that China could play a bigger role in international affairs.

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