Chinese President Jinping and Serbian President Vucic to meet tomorrow

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to meet tomorrow in Belgrade.

During his official visit to Europe, the Chinese President has met or will also meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, Hungarian President Tamás Sulyok, and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Xi’s entourage includes his wife Peng Liyuan, Cai Qi, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, and Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and foreign minister.

The day before yesterday President Vucic said that the upcoming state visit is a major diplomatic event for Serbia,

Noting that China is Serbia’s “iron-clad friend” and the exchanges between the two countries are fully candid and open, Vucic said Serbia will never forget the assistance from the Chinese people, adding that he believes Xi will feel the warmth and friendliness of the Serbian people during his visit.

Serbia firmly supports China’s position on safeguarding its core interests and major concerns, Vucic stressed.

Commenting on Xijping’s official visit to Serbia and Hungary, Reinhard Bütikofer, a German member of the European Parliament, said: ”With these two visits to these two European capitals, Xi Jinping demonstrates that he is actively working to establish an authoritarian axis in international politics”. The two countries are also considered as the gateway to China’s Road and Belt Initiative in Europe.

The flagship project aims to rebuild a railway line between Budapest and Belgrade, mainly financed by China. It will transport Chinese goods from the Greek port of Piraeus onto Europe. 

In Hungary, the proliferation of Chinese electric vehicle battery factories across the country demonstrates the economic ties between Budapest and Beijing.

These are Xi Jinping’s first European state visits since 2020.

More about the visit as the news comes in.

(Dnevnik and 021.rs, 06.05.2024)

https://www.dnevnik.rs/politika/predsednik-srbije-danas-s-li-mingom-susret-s-kineskim-ambasadorom-pred-dolazak-predsednika

and

https://www.021.rs/story/Info/Biznis-i-ekonomija/374605/Srbija-jedna-od-samo-tri-zemlje-koje-ce-kineski-predsednik-posetiti-u-Evropi-Zasto.html

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