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Chinese premier vows to enhance strategic partnership with Serbia

06-25-2010 19:27 BJT

HANGZHOU, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Friday pledged to work with Serbia to constantly enrich and deepen the bilateral strategic partnership.

In Hangzhou, capital of east China' s Zhejiang Province, on an inspection tour, Wen made the remarks during the talks with visiting Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic.

Wen said the two nations had enjoyed increasing high level visits and strengthened mutual political trust.

"We applaud Serbia's support for us on issues relating to core interests and major concerns," he said.

China would always respect Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and respect the Serbian people's choice of development path according to their domestic situation, he said.

"We value the traditional friendship with Serbia," Wen said. He encouraged more Chinese businesses to take part in Serbia's infrastructure construction.

Wen also hoped the two sides would expand mutual investment and increase exchanges in personnel, information and technology.

Cvetkovic said the Serbian government firmly adhered to the one-China policy. He also expressed appreciation for China's support for Serbia's efforts to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Serbia was ready to work with China to maintain high level visits and enhance political mutual trust, Cvetkovic said.

He welcomed investment from Chinese businesses, saying Serbia would create positive conditions to support cooperation between businesses from both nations.

Serbia would make efforts to fulfill major cooperation projects between the two countries and promote bilateral economic and trade cooperation, he said.

Cvetkovic also briefed Wen on Serbia's stance on the Kosovo issue. Wen said China understood Serbia's reasonable concerns on this issue.

China maintained the Kosovo issue would be solved through dialogue within the framework of international law, Wen said. China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, would continue playing a constructive role to this end.

Cvetkovic was in China on a five-day working visit as guest of Wen, including a stop at the World Expo in Shanghai for the events marking the Serbian National Pavilion Day at the Expo.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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