China, CEE countries adopt declaration at summit
The two-day summit between China and the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries in Bucharest ended on Tuesday with the adoption of a joint declaration.Source: Tanjug
The document entitled "Bucharest guideline"' places emphasis on the promotion of investments, development of the economic and commercial cooperation and expansion of financial cooperation between the countries in the CEE region and China.
Beijing also took on the obligation to create a loan line worth USD 10 billion for CEE countries, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta released after the summit.
At a joint news conference with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Ponta said that the talks focused on the improvement of relations between CEE countries and the ties in the region, as well as the bilateral relations between China and CEE countries, primarily in the sector of regional development.
Li stated that China is committed to cooperation in infrastructure, communications and development of fast rails, and expressed the expectation that the loan line worth USD 10.5 billion promised by Beijing in 2012 would soon be made available to CEE countries.
At the meeting of prime ministers during the summit, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic underscored that Serbia strongly supports further reinforcement of strategic partnership between China and the EU in all sectors.
He voiced Serbia's firm support to the mechanism of cooperation which China established with 16 CEE countries, and noted that it is in the common interest of the countries in the region to achieve better cooperation and enhance their relations with China.
Dacic underscored that the international and regional cooperation with China is one of Serbia's priorities in terms of foreign policy.
The success of cooperation is further supported by the agreement between China, Hungary and Serbia concerning the joint realization of the project of modernization and construction of the Belgrade-Budapest railway, Dacic said and expressed the expectation that other countries will also join the project.
The summit gathered prime ministers of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.