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wapoo | Hungary and Serbia's autocratic leaders to roll out red carpet for China's Xi during Europe tour (06.05.24)
As mainstream European leaders have pursued more protectionist policies to limit Beijing and Moscow's reach on the continent, the governments of nationalist conservative leaders Viktor Orbán of Hungary and Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia have courted economic ties with China, inviting major investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, energy and technology.

reuters | China's Xi Jinping visits Serbia on anniversary of 1999 NATO bombing (07.05.24)
"The friendship between China and Serbia which is soaked in blood that the two peoples spilled together has become a joint memory of the two peoples and will encourage both parties to make together huge steps forward," Xi said.The Belgrade streets were decorated with Chinese flags and placards as thousands of police officers were deployed to secure Xi and his 400-member entourage, the highest-level visit by a foreign leader in years.

wfmz | China and EU-candidate Serbia sign an agreement to build a 'shared future', 8 May

scio.gov.cn | Xi arrives in Belgrade for state visit to Serbia
After meeting in Belgrade, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Serbian President Vučić announced they would "deepen and elevate the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Serbia," and "build a new era of a community with a shared future between China and Serbia."
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Xi arrived in Serbia to a warm welcome on Tuesday evening from France, where he had a high-stakes state visit dominated by trade disputes and Russia's war in Ukraine. Thousands of people chanting "China-Serbia" and waving flags were bused in from across Serbia to attend a welcoming ceremony for Xi on Wednesday in front of the Serbia Palace, in the new part of Belgrade where the talks were held. Serbia's populist president addressed the crowd from a balcony, calling Xi an "ironclad" friend. He said his visit to Serbia was "historic" because it opened the path for even closer ties.

"We are writing history today although it doesn't seem so to many," Vučić said. "We thank President Xi. He hasn't come to Europe in five years and he has again chosen our little Serbia."

Arrival Statement by H.E. Xi Jinping  President of the People's Republic of China  At Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, 8 May

It gives me great pleasure to pay a state visit to the Republic of Serbia at the warm invitation of President Aleksandar Vučić. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to extend heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the friendly government and people of Serbia.

China and Serbia enjoy profound traditional friendship. Our bilateral relationship has stood the test of changing international environment and become a fine example of state-to-state relations. Since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016, the bilateral relationship has realized leapfrog development, and achieved historic results. The two countries are bound by rock-solid political mutual trust, and have seen fruitful results in high quality Belt and Road cooperation.
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by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 03:35:13 PM EST
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