Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Serbian Counterpart

On May 4, 2011, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic in Belgrade.

Speaking highly of the rapid development of bilateral ties in recent years, Yang said China treasures its traditional friendship with Serbia and appreciates Serbia’s adherence to the one-China policy. China respects Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and hopes to work together with Serbia to continue enriching their strategic partnership.

Yang said the two sides agreed to promote exchanges and cooperation between their departments of foreign affairs. The two sides should enhance high-level exchanges, deepen political mutual trust and continue to offer mutual support on issues concerning each other's core and major interests, he said. They should also boost trade and investment cooperation, said the Chinese minister, adding that such fields as science and technology, agriculture and tourism need to be integrated into the cooperation framework between the two sides. Yang also stressed the importance of promoting bilateral exchanges in cultural and humanities fields, and encouraged news media of the two sides to open branches in each other's countries.

Jeremic, for his part, said that Serbia and China are strategic partners, and Serbia is willing to maintain high-level exchanges with China to enhance mutual understanding and friendship, and strengthen cooperation in economy, trade and culture. Jeremic said Serbia steadfastly adheres to the one-China principle and appreciates China’s positive role in the international community. He also expressed support for China's position in major global and regional affairs.

They also exchanged views on global and regional issues of common concern.

Following the talks, both sides jointly met the press and laid wreaths at a memorial plaque at the site of the former Chinese embassy.

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