7 November 2022 Participants of the meeting

7 November 2022 Participants of the meeting

Monday, 7 November 2022

Foreign Affairs Committee Meets with Chinese Foreign Ministry Delegation

The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee met today at the National Assembly House with a delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the officials agreed that the relations between the two countries are at an enviable level.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Borko Stefanovic took the opportunity to congratulate the leader of the delegation, Jiang Yu, on assuming the office of Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for China-CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries) Cooperation. He went on to congratulate the delegation on the successfully completed 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as on the re-election of President Xi Jinping to the post of Party General Secretary.

Stefanovic stressed that Serbia greatly appreciates and is very grateful for China’s stance as regards the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, adding that Serbia would continue to support China's territorial integrity. Speaking about the sovereignty of the state, the Committee Chairman said that Serbia will have difficult foreign policy days ahead and will need all the support and visibility of the position on the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia. "We want an agreement with Pristina but an agreement that will not in any way call into question our right to not recognise the independence of Kosovo, regardless of who is in power in Serbia." He opined that the negotiation process will pick up pace, but membership in the United Nations remains another open question that directly threatens our negotiating position. "We meet today in the shadow of the growing crisis in Kosovo-Metohija due to the actions of Albin Kurti and the Pristina authorities. The constant pressure on Serbs and the mistreatment of the Serbian population led to them eventually leaving the institutions." He said that chances are small, but he hopes the United States of America would put pressure on Albin Kurti to implement what the Albanian side had agreed to in the agreements, e.g. to establish a Community of Serb Municipalities.

Jiang Yu agreed with the Committee Chairman that the overall relations between Serbia and China are exceptionally good, pointing out that the relations between the two countries can only follow an upward trend. She thanked Stefanovic for the latest information regarding the situation in Kosovo-Metohija, which she said helps her get a more transparent picture of the position of the Serbian population in the southern province.

She said that the chief goal of her arrival is to assume the duty of Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for China-CEEC Cooperation, adding that China sees Serbia as the leader of the region and the most reliable partner in this part of Europe. She said that the two countries share the same goals of peace and respect for international law and that their strong ties are bolstered by mutual support in terms of territorial integrity and sovereignty of states. She added that these interests must be resolved through dialogue and Resolution 1244, expressing confidence that a solution in the fight against separatism will be found through joint efforts. She also thanked the MPs for their support on the Taiwan issue in international institutions. She went on to speak of the achievements and the bilateral cooperation between Serbia and China, which are at a historic high, as well as the numerous investments which have since the beginning of the year reached a trade record high.

The meeting also touched on future directions of cooperation, which will affect bilateral relations, political dialogue and the mutual contacts between the MPs and diplomats on an even deeper level.

The Committee members and the Chinese delegation commented on the broad economic cooperation and investments in sustainable green energy, strategic and infrastructure projects.

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