Statement by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of a Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic during a China – CEEC Think-Tank Symposium, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS):
Mr. Tsai Fang, Mr. Liu Haising,
Distinguished member of Chinese institutions, and members of a tactful corps,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am severely gratified and celebrated to have a eventuality to residence a top educational investiture in China – a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, that is hosting this high-level assembly of creditable experts in China – Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) general relations. we quite wish to appreciate a Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a People’s Republic of China for a altogether grant to a efforts directed during augmenting a prominence of a CEEC shred and presenting it as a new generator of informal team-work in a horizon of a 1+16 mechanism. At a same time, we trust that team-work between China and a CEEC countries constitutes an critical shred of an intensely poignant tellurian routine – a good “Belt and Road” intercontinental vital initiative.
It is my pleasure also to note that a family between a Republic of Serbia and a People’s Republic of China are excellent, a best in a story of a countries. President of a PR of China Xi Jinping paid a ancestral revisit to Serbia final June, lifting a mutual family to a turn of a extensive vital partnership. The revisit of a Chinese President to Serbia after 32 years is of biggest significance not usually for a shared family between a dual countries, though also for a whole CEEC region, as it reflects a significance that China attaches to this partial of Europe. On that occasion, in serve to a Joint Statement on a investiture of extensive vital partnership, a Agreement on a 46-million-euro investment by Chinese Company Hesteel in a Smederevo Steelworks was also signed, as good as a immeasurable series of other agreements, portion as a motorist for a destiny all-round cooperation. In sequence to serve raise a relations, a Government of a Republic of Serbia resolved with a People’s Republic of China a Agreement on Mutual Abolition of Visas, sealed final month during a China – CEEC Summit in Riga, while investiture of approach flights between a dual countries has been set as one of a priorities.
The China – CEEC team-work resource is naturally fused with a Belt and Road concept. In serve to China, a judgment includes 11 European Union Member States and 5 countries in opposite phases of a EU advent process. In a five-year existence, a resource 1+16 non-stop adult poignant new horizons and many areas of cooperation. We can note with pleasure that rarely diversified ties and suggestive family have been determined in a series of areas, including, in serve to team-work in a areas of economy, infrastructure and energy, also a areas of health, media, culture, science, education, sports, tourism, informal and city cooperation, inter-party cooperation, mutual team-work and support in general organizations and forums, etc. we wish to take this eventuality to remember that a Third Meeting of Heads of Government of PR China and CEEC was hold in Belgrade, on 16-17 Dec 2014, and underline that it was a vital unfamiliar process eventuality that a nation has hosted in a final several decades.
Energy and ride infrastructure projects value some-more than 2 billion dollars in terms of investment have done Serbia European personality in a doing of infrastructural projects with China. Mihajlo Pupin Bridge, rigourously inaugurated by a Prime Ministers of a countries, Li Keqiang and Aleksandar Vucic, in 2014, is a initial Chinese overpass in Europe, built on a Danube, a longest European river, joining several countries of this region. The doing of projects on a reconstruction and construction of “Kostolac” Thermal Power Plant (with an altogether value of some-more than 1 billion USD) and a construction of a series of motorway sections by Serbia, are in progress, and we are quite unapproachable of a plan on a modernization and construction of a Belgrade-Budapest railway, as a vital plan in a region. At a Riga Summit final November, Serbia and China sealed agreements valued during 734 million euro. The pronounced projects attest to a immeasurable intensity of team-work in this area. We therefore design a investiture of a Association for ride and infrastructure that will, we am confident, capacitate even some-more complete plan cooperation, including a incomparable series of participants.
The indication for all-round connectivity, communication and formation of opposite growth strategies within “The Belt and a Road”, provides us with an additional height for cooperation. The Belt and a Road Concept is a vital plan defining a positioning of PR China and a categorical directions of a tellurian action, quite in Eurasia. The simple postulates are a team-work and networking that move advantages to all participants, according to a “win-win” principle. We trust that a Concept is useful and excusable for R. Serbia, since it has a outrageous growth potential, quite in a zone of infrastructure development, boost in a volume of investment and enlargement of a sum volume of trade. We on a “Belt and Road” map have an eventuality to turn one of a many critical informal hubs for trade in this partial of Europe. Therefore, a Belgrade-Budapest railway project, as partial of a rail mezzanine from Piraeus, will minister to this beginning in a fulfilment of a ride networking, while gripping in mind a intensity of a Danube River, too. For all of us this should be a growth eventuality and support to combine as a common mercantile area. And within this area to minister to a upsurge of people and goods, kindle a origination of logistic routes and placement centres, send of expertise and technology, and in a prolonged run to digest ways to yield entrance to new markets and emanate jobs.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Serbia is an anchor of fortitude in a region. Our adults have inaugurated a European trail and embraced reforms as a usually approach to make their economy rival and grasp a European customary of living. We have policies designed to attract investment, learned work and enlightened trade arrangements with many countries to that we can trade a products but tariff or other barriers. We are unapproachable of a fact that investors select to deposit in Serbia, and a immeasurable series of European companies decides to enhance prolongation in a country. we consider it is an advantage for this shred and that Serbia demonstrates in this approach to be a convincing partner.
As a claimant for EU membership, in a context of this vital design does not slight family with a neighbours in Southeast Europe. we trust it is a right time to inspire investment and to put any form of team-work during a use of building trust and substantiating a pledge for a protected sourroundings and a refuge of informal assent and stability. The shred is of measureless significance for Serbia. Turning to any other creates a eventuality for business people in a shred to settle a network of contacts and build relations that inspire mercantile integration, a pledge of informal assent and stability. we am assured that we are on a right lane to make this area turn an mercantile gateway of Europe, by synergy on projects of infrastructure, energy, tourism, growth of industrial parks and complicated technologies. Serbia entirely supports all initiatives and processes directed during strengthening cooperation, peace, growth and fortitude in Central and Eastern Europe, as good as during a tighten proximity.
I would like to take this eventuality to re-emphasize a scrupulous support of a People’s Republic of China to a government and territorial firmness of a Republic of Serbia. China is committed to achieving a jointly excusable resolution formed on a UN Charter and Resolution 1244 and welcomes a joining of R. Serbia to a discourse with Pristina. For a part, a Republic of Serbia is unchanging in ancillary a process of “one China”. We unequivocally demeanour brazen to a growth achievements of China both in inner and unfamiliar policy.
In conclusion, concede me to wish we prolific work and a cultivatable sell of views.
Thank we for your attention.