President starts several-day visit to China
BEIJING, BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić started Monday his several-day visit to China on Monday with a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.
Li told Nikolić that China is willing to help Serbia through new ways of financing and encouraging successful companies in Serbia in different segments.
Nikolić informed the Chinese prime minister that Serbia is interested in more intensive economic cooperation with China, especially in new Chinese investments and opening of new jobs.
"I did not come to China to ask for a loan. I came as the president of a state whose citizens seek jobs, want to work and earn their wages in an honest way. We cannot provide the jobs on our own, but rather with the help of investors who will invest in Serbia and open new jobs," Nikolić said.
Li confirmed China's support to Serbia's territorial integrity, adding that China considers Serbia a trusted friend and that the two countries are supporting each other.
China wants to equalize foreign trade relations and create conditions for increase in imports of goods from Serbia. There is complementarity and readiness to improve our mutual trade on both sides, the prime minister said.
In a meeting with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang, Nikolić said Serbia no longer has problems with any country in the world, only with one part of its territory in Kosovo. He reiterated that Serbia will not give Kosovo up and that no one can take it away, stressing that Serbia wants to talk and give its people a better life.
Noting that Nikolić is the first president from Central or Eastern Europe to meet with the new Chinese leadership, Zhang said this speaks to the importance that is assigned to Serbia.
As far as Kosovo, we fully understand and support Serbia's position, he said, adding that the new leadership will encourage Chinese businessmen to invest in Serbia and tourists to visit the country.
Noting that the cooperation between the two countries' parliaments is at a high level, Zhang said it would continue to improve.
"You are an influential and experienced politician in Serbia and you have supported friendly relations between Serbia and China. I am convinced your visit will be successful and significant," he said.
According to reports in both countries, Nikolićs' visit to China will have both historic and strategic importance and the talks and meetings will be dedicated to the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two countries, realization of ongoing investment projects, initiatives for new Chinese investments in Serbia, and other forms of cooperation.
On Monday, Nikolić is meeting meet with President of China Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang. On Tuesday, he will sit down with representatives of Chinese companies which operate in Serbia.
Afterwards, Nikolić will travel to Hangzhou, where he will take part in an investment forum and present investment opportunities in Serbia together with a group of Serbian businesspeople and the relevant minister.
The Serbian president will go on to visit a high-tech industrial zone, the Geely car plant and meet with the officials of Zhejiang province.
At the end of his visit, Nikolić will visit Shanghai and meet with the city's officials.
August 26, 2013 | 17:46 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
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