Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is willing to deepen “the all-weather friendship with Serbia” to boost their comprehensive strategic partnership.

Xinhua reported this on Tuesday, noting that Xi made the remarks during his meeting with Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic, who took part in the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing during his multi-day visit to China.

Bilateral ties and political trust between China and Serbia are strengthened, the Chinese leader said.
According to him, the two countries should accelerate coordination of their development strategies, accommodate each other’s major concerns, and keep close communication on global and regional affairs.

Friends who come from far away help a country progress more quickly, Xi said, and once again congratulated Vucic on his election victory.

“Under your leadership Serbia will make even faster progress economically and politically. You have contributed to the good relationship between our countries. Our bilateral cooperation is currently at the highest level. I am ready to work together on strengthening the ties and strategic partnership between our countries,” Xi said.

According to Xinhua, Vucic said Serbia is China’s staunch friend and reliable partner that has benefited enormously from participating in the Belt and Road Forum.

Vucic also met wit Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang this Tuesday, and, “hailing the Hungary-Serbia railway as an exemplary project in industrial capacity cooperation” said he “expected the two sides to seize the good momentum to enhance regional connectivity.”