Vucic vows to maintain China-Serbia friendship despite Washington pressure
Published: Oct 02, 2020 09:26 PM

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Photo: AFP

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke highly of the Serbia-China friendship when he attended a reception the Chinese Embassy in Serbia held on September 30 to mark the 71st anniversary of  the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Even in the most difficult place to say good things about China (namely Washington), "I still maintain Serbia-China friendship," Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told  reception host Chen Bo, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia.

Vucic told Chen that no matter what pressure Serbia is facing, it will never question its friendship with China.

Vucic wished the Chinese people a happy National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, according to Serbia's N1 TV station.

Vucic said China and Serbia have proved the "solid friendship" between the two countries "with real actions". Despite the impact of the novel coronavirus epidemic and other difficulties, the relationship between the two countries has further developed. He said, "We are confident that the two countries will continue to help each other. No matter what pressure Serbia is under, we will not question our friendship with China."

"The past was not easy, and the future may be more difficult, but we must show and prove our friendship with China. Even when I was in the most difficult place in the world to say good things about China, namely in Washington, I still told the other side that our relationship with China is very good," he said. 

Vucic told Chen that it shows the strength of friendship between the two countries.

Vucic praised the development of economic cooperation between the two countries, saying that the infrastructure projects undertaken by Chinese companies in Serbia are of great significance, and stressed the importance of China and Serbia. He also said Serbia will work to expand Serbia-China cooperation, and maintain fraternal friendly relations between the two countries.

Vucic said that although Serbia is not the most important country in Europe, it is China's most important and closest friend. He also thanked China for offering help during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Chen said the Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team worked in Serbia for 82 days. The two sides have jointly built two "Fire Eye" labs. The infrastructure projects of the two countries' cooperation are progressing smoothly.

Vucic has been welcomed on Chinese social media after he kissed the Chinese national flag when the expert team arrived in Serbia to help it fight against the coronavirus in March, and touched the hearts of many Chinese people, who said it is lucky to have such a "iron brother" in Europe.