Chinese President Xi Jinping in official visit to Serbia
BELGRADE - Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed confidence on Friday that his visit to Serbia will be a success and open a new, historic page in Sino-Serbian relations.
I expect to exchange views with Serbia's leaders on bilateral relations and other matters of mutual interest, and plan the future development of our relations with them, Xi said in a speech at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport after kicking off a three-day official visit to Serbia.
Utilising a positive trend, China is prepared to take bilateral relations and practical cooperation to an even higher level, creating a new situation of mutually beneficial cooperation, a joint victory and joint development, he noted.
Expressing satisfaction with the official visit to what he referred to as the beautiful Republic of Serbia at the invitation of its President Tomislav Nikolic, Xi conveyed the most cordial greetings and the best wishes to the government and the people of Serbia on behalf of the government and the people of China.
Sino-Serbian bilateral relations have been in the fast lane of development in recent years, especially since 2009, when the two countries established a strategic partnership, he said.
Mutual trust is strengthening, and cooperation in the energy sector, construction of transport infrastructure and agriculture are reaching new brilliant heights, along with a dynamic cultural exchange and an increasingly intensive exchange of people, Xi said.
The Chinese president's visit will include meetings with Serbian top officials and a visit to the Smederevo steel mill.