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中国日报网 2014-12-18 15:07







Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić,

Dear Colleagues,


    I am pleased to meet so many friends, old and new, in the city of Belgrade for the Third Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). The New Year is just half a month away. Let me first extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, our New Year greetings and best wishes to you, my colleagues, and through you, to the people of CEECs. I also wish to thank Prime Minister Vučić and the Serbian government for your excellent preparation and thoughtful arrangements made for this meeting.



    In 2013, we had a successful meeting and released the Bucharest Guidelines for Cooperation. The past year witnessed growing political mutual trust and frequent high-level exchanges between our two sides. I have had very good discussions, either in Beijing or on other occasions, with many of the leaders present today. Two-way exchanges keep expanding, and our cooperation between youths, different localities, think tanks, media as well as in education are more active than ever before. China and seven CEECs celebrated the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties, a testimony to our profound traditional friendship.



    The international political and economic landscape is undergoing profound and complex changes. Countries are faced with the pressing task of working for steady growth, greater employment and structural adjustment. On the other hand, with regional hotspot issues keeping emerging, security and stability are under severe challenges. That said, however, peace and development remain the underlying trend of the time. China will stay committed to the path of peaceful development and to a win-win strategy of opening-up, and will continue to work to uphold global peace and regional security and stability. We are ready to work with CEECs and other countries for the sustained growth, prosperity and stability of the world.



    China is the world's largest developing country while Central and Eastern Europe is home to many of Europe's emerging market economies. Our economies are cut out for each other, hence the great potential for cooperation. By working together in the same direction, we will be able to create huge co hesion and dynamism, which, in turn, will help us withstand the downward pressure, facilitate our growth and achieve industrial upgrading.



    In this context, I wish to make the following proposals.



    First, foster new highlights in China-Central and Eastern Europe cooperation.



    CEECs enjoy a solid economic foundation, rich natural resources endowment and high-level scientific and educational development. China has a huge market of 1.3 billion people, a well-established industrial system, a full-fledged equipment manufacturing sector in particular, as well as sufficient capital. We are well able to realize mutual complementarity, industrial integration and common development. We will build on what has been achieved under the Bucharest Guidelines, actively implement the Belgrade Guidelines, and start the formulation of the Medium-term Agenda for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries on the basis of our respective medium- to long-term domestic development plans and the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. Hence, with focus on infrastructure development and cooperation in production capacity, underpinned by financial cooperation, we will be able to move our cooperation forward while fully accommodating each other's concerns.



    Second, build new connectivity corridors.



    CEECs need more effective investment to fend off the impact of the crisis and more input in public goods to improve people's wellbeing. This makes infrastructure development a pressing task. The quality ports in CEECs, once connected with rail lines, highways and other transport arteries, will have a major role to play in many fields. For instance, we may develop a new route for coordinated sea-land transportation between China and Europe on the basis of the sea ports and land transport arteries in the Balkans. Such a route will greatly shorten the transport distance between China and Europe and lower the logistics cost of international trade. During my visit, China, Hungary and Serbia reached agreement on the Budapest-Belgrade railway project, under which we will strive to complete building a modern high-speed railway within two years that meets both the EU standards and the needs of all sides. While making efforts to consolidate hardware facilities, we also need to improve our software environment. China is ready to work with CEECs to facilitate customs clearance. And CEECs are welcome to take an active part in China's initiatives of building the "Silk Road Economic Belt" and the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road".


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