“Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met here Friday with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, and the two sides agreed to further step up bilateral practical cooperation.

The China-Serbia comprehensive strategic partnership is developing smoothly, said Li, who arrived in Sofia on Thursday for an official visit to Bulgaria and the seventh leaders’ meeting of China and 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

China, Li added, is ready to work with Serbia to continue maintaining close communication and coordination and deepening bilateral ties and cooperation in various fields.

Noting that bilateral practical cooperation enjoys a solid foundation, he said the reconstruction of the Belgrade-Stara Pazova segment of the Belgrade-Budapest Railway, a flagship project within the framework of 16+1 cooperation, is progressing smoothly and the two sides need to make concerted efforts to push it forward.

In addition, Li said, the Chinese-invested Smederevo steel plant in Serbia has set a successful example for bilateral and even China-CEE major-project cooperation in production capacity.” (ECNS)

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said today that everything about resolving the Kosovo issue will be very difficult and that it is better that the agreement be reached, rather than not. Also, he said that everything that is done must go to a referendum.

‘Whatever we do, we have to go to the referendum and whatever constitutional changes we bring, they have to go to the referendum,’ Vucic told reporters after visiting the Teleoptik factory in Zemun.” (translated from Danas)