Serbia ready for closer partnership with China

Added On July 15, 2017

In Serbia, the president of the National Assembly says the visit of a top Chinese legislator this month is an opportunity to increase cooperation between the two countries.
Maja Gojkovic says she considers the visit of Zhang Dejiang, chairman of China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, as one of the key moments in her mandate.
She says the visit is an opportunity to discuss new exchanges between parliaments of Serbia and China to increase economic and cultural cooperation.
Gojkovic says Serbia and China first established diplomatic relations in 1955 and since then the two nations have kept making the ties closer.
She says quote, "in the past several years all highest officials of our country are contributing to this", adding that the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership last year.
SOUNDBITE: (SERBIAN) MAJA GOJKOVIC, President of National Assembly of Serbia 
"Our relations are at the highest strategic level. We call this 'a friendship of steel', and it is important that representatives of our two countries work as actively and frequently as possible to strengthen these relations".
She spoke of her meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last year in Serbia, when the two leaders discussed the development of bilateral ties on the parliamentary level.
Gojkovic also says the Serbian parliament has ratified all international agreements signed between leaders of China and Serbia, stressing the potential for future cooperation at a parliamentary level
SOUNDBITE 2 (SERBIAN)  MAJA GOJKOVIC, President of National Assembly of Serbia 
 "We are convinced the decisions and international agreements ratified by Serbia, and our aim to have a direct flight between Belgrade and Beijing or another major Chinese city will boost a greater number of Chinese investors".
Gojkovic says that during her meeting with Zhang Dejiang, they will talk about cooperation methods to bolster the comprehensive strategic partnership established in 2016.
SOUNDBITE 3: (SERBIAN) MAJA GOJKOVIC, President of National Assembly of Serbia 
"We will talk about how we can improve our relations and how our committees can cooperate through parliamentary friendship groups through new, more concrete forms."
She says Serbia hopes to see more interest from China in investment and cultural spheres.