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China, Serbia vow to expand cooperation

07-16-2010 07:59 BJT Special Report:Wu Bangguo Visits France, Serbia, Switzerland |

BELGRADE, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Visiting top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo and Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic met here on Thursday and agreed to expand cooperation between their two countries.

During their talks, Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, spoke highly of the China-Serbia ties, saying China sees Serbia as an important cooperation partner in Southeastern Europe.

Thanks to their joint efforts, the two countries have made remarkable achievements in their cooperation in infrastructure construction, automobile manufacturing and other areas, noted Wu, the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Serbia since the two countries established their strategic partnership in 2009.

The Chinese guest particularly referred to the official inauguration of the Zemun Bridge construction, the biggest infrastructure project to be conducted in Serbia by a Chinese enterprise.

Wu on Wednesday attended the groundbreaking ceremony for building the bridge, which will span the Danube river and ease local traffic strain.

As the two countries boast good political relations, strongly complementary economies and huge cooperation potential, Wu stressed, China and Serbia should make a full use of such advantages and seize opportunities to deepen bilateral collaboration in infrastructure construction including roads, bridges and power plants.

Meanwhile, the two countries should explore new ways and fields of cooperation, consolidate the leading role of enterprises in bilateral economic and trade cooperation, and thus build up momentum for a substantial leap forward on the cooperation track, added Wu.

Stressing that China encourages its businesses to cooperate with their Serbian counterparts in various ways, Wu expressed the hope that the Serbian side will further facilitate corporate cooperation between the two countries.

For his part, Cvetkovic first recalled his experience in the Serbian National Pavilion Day activities at the World Expo in Shanghai last month, saying that he was deeply impressed by the unparalleled exhibition, which he said will surely help Serbia better showcase its splendid history and modern accomplishments to the world.

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