On the afternoon of 12 October 2013, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic of Serbia met in Belgrade, the capital city, with Song Tao, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General of China-Central and Eastern Europe Cooperation Secretariat. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations, China-Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) cooperation and other issues.
Song Tao expressed that China attaches importance to developing relations with Serbia. China will actively implement the Joint Statement on Deepening China-Serbia Strategic Partnership signed by the heads of state of the two countries and continue to be committed to carrying out all-dimensional cooperation between the two countries so as to push forward China-Serbia strategic partnership. China-CEEC cooperation is important part of China-EU relations. It now enjoys a strong growth momentum and has strongly promoted bilateral relations between China and CEEC. China is ready to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with CEEC in all fields to benefit the people of all countries.
Dacic pointed out that President Tomislav Nikolic's visit to China not long ago had achieved a full success. Developing relations with China is one of the pillars of Serbia's foreign policy. Chinese businesses are welcomed to invest and develop in Serbia. Serbia is ready to further expand and deepen bilateral practical cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and local contacts. Developing China-CEEC cooperation is conducive to interests of all parties and the cooperation has become an important platform for promoting CEEC-China relations. Serbia will make full efforts to support and is ready to continue to actively participate.
Zhang Wanxue, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia, was present at the meeting.