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Serbian president: “Belt and Road” initiative pushes Serbia-China relations to new high

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said in an interview with CNC World that thanks to the “Belt and Road” initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Serbia-China relations have come to a new high.

SOUNDBITE: TOMISLAV NIKOLIC, Serbian President
“The idea about the new Silk Road has resulted in the agreement concerning the Belgrade-Budapest railroad. President Xi and I had additional conversations about this project and how Serbia could participate in the investment this time.”

The Serbian leader welcomed Chinese investment in his country, saying Serbia has a customs-free market, skilled workforce, among others.

SOUNDBITE: TOMISLAV NIKOLIC, Serbian President
“I invite Chinese investors to build factories in Serbia and thereby make permanent link with us. I think this is the best form of cooperation.”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said China is ready to cooperate more with Serbia in the economic and trade sectors.

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