Expert: BRI brings serbia tangible benefits

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Added On May 14, 2018

A Serbian expert says the Belt and Road Initiative is a win-win strategy, which has brought a number of tangible benefits to his country.
 
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According to Neven Cveticanin, a senior research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences, stronger cooperation with China helps Serbia develop its economy and raise people's living standards.  
 
SOUNDBITE 2(ENGLISH): NEVEN CVETICANIN, Senior research assistant, Institute of Social Sciences 
"We can notice that many Chinese citizens came to Serbia for business and tourism, and some small Chinese companies such as restaurants and small markets are popular among Serbian customers."
 
To him, the most visible result so far is the Pupin Bridge, which was constructed and funded by Chinese companies. It is the second bridge in Belgrade built across the Danube river over the past 79 years.
 
SOUNDBITE 1(ENGLISH): NEVEN CVETICANIN, Senior research assistant, Institute of Social Sciences 
"It's a very useful bridge between two parts of Belgrade, and we see travel on the bridge every day."
 
The expert said the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China is wise, impressive and one of the biggest in the world in terms of money and projects.
 
SOUNDBITE 3(ENGLISH): NEVEN CVETICANIN, Senior research assistant, Institute of Social Sciences 
"This initiative, the Belt and Road, is useful for cooperation between the two countries...China established a win-win strategy in which it invests in infrastructure and projects which can be useful not only for Serbia but for Europe as well."
 
By numerating the bilateral achievements, Cveticanin sees opportunities beyond the two countries. He believes that China-Serbia cooperation can set an example to other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. 
 
SOUNDBITE 4(ENGLISH): NEVEN CVETICANIN, Senior research assistant, Institute of Social Sciences 
"If China shows results in Serbia, and if this cooperation proves useful for the country, its economy and citizens, it could be a good example for other countries."
 
The expert said that China will help Serbia to finalize certain projects as it approaches its membership into the European Union.
 
SOUNDBITE 5(ENGLISH): NEVEN CVETICANIN, Senior Research Assistant, The Institute of Social Sciences 
"Despite Serbia's candidacy to the European Union and what it needs to fulfill to join EU, at this moment, Serbia is still open and still in a position to implement bilateral cooperation between Serbia and China, which is a trend not only in Serbia, not only in Central and Eastern Europe, but in Europe as a whole."
 
Cveticanin said China will remain a credible partner for both the West and the East thanks to its wise strategy.
 
SOUNDBITE 6(ENGLISH): NEVEN CVETICANIN, Senior research assistant, Institute of Social Sciences 
"I think that all CEE countries are in a position to seek cooperation in various parts of the world. We know that we are under Western umbrella in terms of the global spheres of interest, but after all I think that it will be no problem to cooperate with China as well.