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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic held talks in Beijing on August 26 and signed the "Joint Statement on Deepening China-Serbia Strategic Partnership". According to the Chinese government, "the two heads of state reached important consensus on deepening strategic partnership between the two countries," and committed to enhancing bilateral relations which "have shown strong development" in recent years.
On the international scene, China and Serbia have always been close partners, the former "respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia," and the latter firmly "adhering to One China policy." China understands Serbia's "reasonable concerns" on Kosovo issue, said President Xi. From China's viewpoint, the question of Kosovo must be dealt within the framework of resolution 1244 (1999). When President Xi said "China has suffered tremendous hardships since modern era," the Chinese leader drew somehow a parallel with Serbia where NATO military strikes in 1999 eventually led to the unilateral proclamation of independence by Kosovo. Since then, Serbia has achieved much toward a future membership of the European Union (EU) and has started negotiations for a political solution to the Kosovo issue under the auspices of the EU.
In April, at a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) open debate, Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong welcomed the many rounds of high-level political dialogue that have been held recently between Belgrade and Pristina and that have made good progress, however the Ambassador worried about the ongoing "tensions" in northern Kosovo, and "about illegal trafficking in human organs in Kosovo." So far, the UNSC has not played the role that is expected of it and ensure the "full and complete investigation of the case in question," Amb. Li had said in a previous statement.
On the economic stage, there is a room for increased fruiftul cooperation. China Communications Constructions Company continues the construction of the Zemun-Borca bridge, the China Gezhouba Group Corporation is expected to elaborate a feasibility study for the project of the Morava Channel navigation route and Chinese companies have expressed their interest in "taking part in the construction of Corridor 11 and the Belgrade ring road."
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