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Continuation of outstanding overall relations between Serbia, China

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic spoke today with Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Serbia Chen Bo about the continuation of the development of outstanding bilateral relations in the political, economic and foreign trade fields.

During the meeting, Brnabic placed special emphasis on the growth of economic cooperation, underlining that the volume of trade in goods in 2021 amounted to €5.3 billion, with the growth of Serbian exports by 157.7%.
According to her, in just five months of this year, the exchange was €2.62 billion, which is almost 40 percent more compared to 2021, and growth was also recorded when it comes to exports (more than 76 percent), as and imports (about 32 percent).
She said that in the past year, China was the second largest foreign trade partner of Serbia, and pointed out that during the last decade, Serbia's exports to China increased 152 times, and that in the past three years alone, since 2019, it has tripled.
Also, as she added, out of the five largest Serbian exporters to the world last year, as many as three companies are owned by Chinese investors, which achieved a total export of €1.9 billion.
The Prime Minister expressed her special satisfaction regarding the renewal of the direct Belgrade-Beijing airline line of a Chinese company, as well as the scheduled regular flights of Air Serbia from the end of October.
Speaking about the current political situation in the world, Brnabic said that Serbia supports the one-China policy and considers Taiwan an integral part of the People's Republic of China, and underlined that this position will not change.
Ambassador Chen Bo thanked Serbia for its consistent position and support for China in this matter.
She added that Serbia, on the other hand, can still count on the continuous support of China on the international level, but also the development and improvement of cooperation in other fields, such as the Green Agenda, energy, biotechnology and the development of new technologies.


The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Shanghai will be temporarily closed from March 8, 2022 till April 6, 2022, according to the Decision of the relevant authorities in Shanghai, due to COVID-19 policy of Shanghai.

Until the abovementioned date, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Beijing will administer consular services for the applicants from the territory under the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia.


Embassy participated in the opening ceremony of the International Art Fair in Nanjing (NAFI 2022).

At the National pavilion of Serbia as part of the International Art Fair in Nanjing (NAFI 2022), with the support of Telecom of Serbia and the Association for the Development of Art and Culture - Cultcrave, the Chinese public was presented with movies and television series produced by Telecom, as well as short films produced by independent Serbian authors. The opening ceremony was attended by prominent members of the City Committee of the Communist Party of China, representatives of the Nanjing City Government, as well as numerous representatives of the media and prominent figures in the field of culture. Chinese officials in their speach, among other things, emphasized the importance of the participation of the Republic of Serbia in the event, which was also welcomed by the national and local media.

Embassy attache Milan Kuzmanović participated in the opening ceremony. During his speach, he emphasized, among other things, the importance of further development of Serbian-Chinese relations, to which cultural exchange and film art, contribute greatly bearing in mind the popularity of our earlier feature films in China. During the festival the Chinese audience had the opportunity to watch some of the latest Serbian film and television projects such as "Dara from Jasenovac", "Besa", "Golden Boy" etc, in the projection hall within the pavilion.








First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić delivered a speech at the 8th China - CEEC Think Tanks Symposium

Your Excellency, esteemed Ambassador, Ms. Chen,

Dear participants of the Symposium,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, as we mark the tenth anniversary of the mechanism of Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, we are particularly proud that Serbia is hosting the Think Tanks Symposium for the first time. Simultaneously, the Institute of International Politics and Economics, one of the co-organizers of today's event, is celebrating 75 years of successful work. All of this indicates that we have plenty of reasons to be pleased, but we also feel obliged to show you in this way as well, albeit online, why Belgrade is one of the centers of Europe.

Less than a month has passed since the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China, and it is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to extend my most sincere congratulations to the President of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, on his re-election as General Secretary. The guidelines and conclusions of this year's Congress of the Communist Party are important not only for the further development and progress of China, but also for the preservation of global peace, security and stability.

 Dear colleagues and friends,

Since its establishment, the China-CEEC mechanism has strived to become a comprehensive platform that further encourages and complements all aspects of our extensive cooperation. The success achieved so far is best reflected in the fact that the volume of trade in goods between China and CEE countries has grown significantly in the past ten years, by as much as 142.6%, reaching a figure of 136.2 billion dollars in 2021. Furthermore, it is important to point out the increase in the exports of agricultural products from the CEE countries to China by as much as 1.5 percent.

Serbia views the strengthening of infrastructure as one of the priorities of its overall activities. The construction of roads is one of the prerequisites for the essential connectivity among peoples while the establishment of strong ties in the region and beyond is undoubtedly the vision around which Serbia builds its peacetime policy. Therefore, cooperation within the China-CEEC mechanism brought us the development and launch of a whole series of infrastructure projects, the importance of which is long-term and strategic. We are proud to have achieved numerous results together of which I single out the most current ones such as the launch of the Serbian-Chinese air route, putting into operation the Belgrade-Novi Sad section of the Belgrade-Budapest railway and the construction of the "Belgrade Bypass" by the Power Construction Corporation of China. The successful business operation of Chinese companies in Serbia makes me optimistic about the arrival of new large Chinese investments, and I look forward with particular pleasure to the further expansion of our cooperation to the mutual satisfaction.

In the coming period, we will make additional joint efforts with the aim of further intensifying cooperation within the China-CEEC format, which has proven to be outstanding for the preservation of old and the development of new forms of cooperation. We are very pleased with the announcement of the meeting of China-CEEC national coordinators to take place at the beginning of December 2022, and we expect the China-CEEC Leaders' Summit to take place soon. In this context, we support Hungary's proposal to host the meeting, because we consider it extremely valuable that dynamic events in the world are accompanied by active and lively formats of cooperation that encourage mutual connectivity through concrete and useful forms of cooperation.

Serbia wishes to continue improving and strengthening its cooperation with the People's Republic of China, which it considers a reliable partner, a sincere friend and one of the most influential political and economic factors in today's world. The iron-clad friendship between Serbia and China is best evidenced by the relationship between the two presidents which exudes trust and understanding. In the best belief that today's gathering will contribute to further comprehensive, successful and multi-faceted cooperation within the China-CEEC format, I wish all participants of the Symposium successful endeavor.


Thank you.

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selaković at the meeting of the UN Security Council on the report on the work of UNMIK


Mr. President,

Madam Special Representative,

Ladies and gentleman,

It gives me honor to address this distinguished body once again and to discuss the latest report of the Secretary-General on the work of the UNMIK.

I would like to thank the Secretary-General and the Special Representative for submitting the report. We take note of the efforts that Ms. Ziadeh makes in performing this very responsible duty, especially bearing in mind the necessity of a comprehensive overview and the complexity of the situation on the ground.

I also take this opportunity to underline that the Republic of Serbia highly values the activities of UNMIK in Kosovo and Metohija, established under UN Security Council Resolution 1244. We advocate for its continued operation in an unchanged and undiminished scope and capacity, especially bearing in mind that the Mission has not yet achieved the main goal of its mandate - a peaceful and normal life for all citizens of our southern province.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Unfortunately, the last few months have not brought more stability in Kosovo and Metohija and the situation in the Province is not exactly as presented in the report. Unilateral moves of Pristina continue to consciously and systematically deepen ethnic differences, causing discrimination against the non-Albanian population. To our knowledge, 105 ethnically motivated attacks have been recorded since the beginning of this year. In addition, Pristina is actively working on administrative and bureaucratic obstacles, by taking measures that were not agreed upon in the dialogue as the basic mechanism for negotiations and reaching solutions between Belgrade and Pristina. Pristina’s approach is problematic in many ways. This irresponsible conduct of Pristina is consciously sabotaging the efforts not only of Belgrade, but also of the EU and other involved parties of the international community, with the clear intention of achieving two goals - the first being to avoid the implementation of assumed commitments. The second, the ultimate and far more alarming goal is the intimidation, marginalization and persecution of Serbs.

In all previous statements before this this distinguished body, Pristina focused on what happened in the past while failing to mention, which is painful to witness, how non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija live today. Serbs are still intimidated in different ways, forced to leave their homes, villages and cities. Those displaced are discouraged from returning to where they were born and lived their lives. The provisional institutions work systematically to remove and erase as much as possible of the cultural and national diversity that is left. At the same time, Pristina is consciously fueling inter-ethnic tensions using all available methods.

Attending religious celebrations seems to be a crime in Kosovo and Methohija. It is the case of Nikola Nedeljković who was arrested for allegedly "inciting ethnic hatred and intolerance", but actually his imprisonment was for attending the St. Vitus Day (Vidovdan) celebration.

Nikola was sentenced to eight months in prison without any material evidence. On the other hand, let me remind you that even to this day there is not a single perpetrator held legally accountable for the more than 1,000 Serbs killed since 1999. Due to planned intimidation, almost all towns and villages in Kosovo and Metohija are ethnically cleansed. Representatives of Pristina are ignoring the suffering, insulting the open wounds of the Serbs who had to leave their ancestral homes, and I underline, there are more than 200,000 of them. Such conduct has not change for last 23 years and is in complete opposite to the democratic values and principles that the provisional institutions of self-government often promote in their statements.

Therefore, I consider it necessary to emphasize that the true political will of the involved international actors and Pristina is necessary in order to create the conditions for the beginning of the end of discrimination on a national basis and common life in the Province. Esteemed members of the Security Council, I would like to draw your attention to the rigid, problematic and extremely irresponsible conduct of the other negotiating party within the dialogue. In achieving the above-mentioned goals, Pristina applies the so-called policy of reciprocity, a well-thought-out, malicious strategy that, unfortunately, was not constructed independently. By continuously insisting on mutual recognition as a central part of the dialogue, the so-called policy of reciprocity demonstrates the essential unwillingness of the current political leadership of Pristina to find any compromise solution. Let me remind you that the talks between Belgrade and Pristina did not start with last elections in Pristina, but have been in progress for 11 years since the technical dialogue started (8 March 2011). Therefore, we assess as inadmissible attempts to disregard the current format of the dialogue, and annul the agreements only because they are not to the liking of the current political factors. It is unacceptable that the current geopolitical circumstances are being used to simply erase what has been painstakingly worked on for years. Belgrade, I underline, was institutionally involved in the dialogue from the very beginning, while the commitment of the other side has varied and continues to vary depending on the political option that is in power.

The harsher political rhetoric and narrative of the current leadership of the provisional institutions of self-government in Pristina are accompanied by concrete destabilizing steps. In the reporting period, measures on license plates were imposed, disguised as attempts at alleged integration into society. Let me remind you again, there was no agreement on such measures in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

I believe, ladies and gentlemen, that even today we will hear from the representative of Pristina that their side has fulfilled all obligations, but the decision on re-registration of license plates shows that Pristina is not only failing to fulfill what has been agreed upon, but it nullifies the results of the dialogue, creating a new crisis all over again. The effect of such forcibly imposed measures is best illustrated by the fact that since the decision was made a single-digit number of re-registered vehicles with Serbian license plates has been recorded, of which only two are Serbs from the north of Kosovo and Metohija. This is another indicator that Pristina does not enjoy full support, but that, on the other hand, it continuously provokes the natural reaction of the Serbian population, which cannot endlessly be subject to the arbitrariness of temporary institutions. I believe that even today we will hear already known narrative of representatives from Pristina who try to present every reaction of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija as an activity organized by Belgrade in alleged attempts at destabilization. Such claims are simply not true. Serbia, for its part, cannot in any way contain the revolt present among the non-Albanian population of Kosovo and Metohija. It is an undeniable fact that citizens' protests represent a voice against many years of institutional violence and the deprivation of rights of the non-Albanian population, which, in this case, is denied the right to peaceful enjoyment of private property acquired in a legal manner. Pristina does not cease in its attempts to confiscate property, and, as is well-known, one of the targets is the Serbian Orthodox Church. By calling into question the return of property to the Dečani Monaster Pristina paradoxically does not execute the decisions of its own so-called Constitutional Court.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thought for a long time how to best illustrate the true picture of everyday life of the non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija. I will mention only some of the facts. Numerous ethnically motivated incidents, hate speech, intimidation, violations of the right to a fair trial, threats to the right to freedom of movement and religious rights, desecration of churches and graves were recorded in the last reporting period as well. The frequent attacks on the sites of the Serbian Orthodox Church are also unacceptable, and especially the humiliating attitude towards the Serbian cultural and spiritual heritage, including the 4 monuments that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Numerous administrative and technical barriers are imposed on priests and monastic communities, making it difficult and even impossible for them to survive on church properties.

When it comes to civil rights, try to imagine that the basic political and civil right to vote has been taken away from you.

This is precisely what the Serbs in the Province have experienced along with frequent intimidation and violent incursions of the ROSU special forces, which are an instrument for the implementation of Pristina's goals under the pretext of allegedly fighting crime.

In December last year Bratislav Nikolić the president of municipality of Štrpce has been detained, as suspected of the organized crime and corruption - still not charged, kept in detention unit in Podujevo, only for the reason to make additional and final pressure on the Serbian community living in the enclave of Štrpce. How can this be justified as the fight against crime when special forces are used to raid village festivals, schools and kidnap drivers of ambulance transporting infusion containers and medicines? What are the motives behind and how can one rationalize these actions? Just try to imagine and put yourself in the shoes of Ms. Dragica Gašić, the only Serbian returnee in Djakovica. Imagine that you are still not allowed to buy bread because of your origin and nationality, because you live in a municipality that the local Albanians proudly consider forbidden to non-Albanians. Imagine that as many as eleven Albanian civil society organizations demand your expulsion, as well as a ban on any non-Albanian ever returning to that town. Then you will realize the level of intimidation that Serb returnees are facing. It will be clear to you why the percentage of returnees is below 2% and why it is still one of the lowest in the world. Let me pose a question - are these the characteristics of a society that presents itself to the world as a fully fledged democracy and a factor of stability in the region?

We are aware that the dialogue has a wider dimension and that it can affect the situation in the entire region.

This is reflected in every statement given by Serbian officials, including the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić. "It is better to negotiate for a hundred years than to fight for a day" are the words of our President that best describe the policy of peace, reconciliation, and regional cooperation pursued by the Serbian leadership, which is guided by the vision of building a common and prosperous future of the Balkans.

I believe that it is a duty of today's leaders to create a clear common vision for the future generations. Such a vision was shown by the leaders of Belgrade, Skoplje and Tirana by creating Open Balkan, an initiative from the region for the region, which is already producing concrete results. Serbia has on several occasions reached out to Pristina inviting it to join this initiative. We counted on an awareness of the importance of economic connectivity and progress for the benefit of the citizens of the entire Balkans. However, our invitation was not met with understating from the other side.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We categorically reject Pristina's argumentation regarding the alleged unconstitutionality of the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities. It is clear that Pristina's attitude towards this obligation reflects its attitude towards the Serbian people in the Province. It also indicates that Pristina is against Serbian people being organized as an ethnic community and thus exercising their collective rights. The aim of their approach, as a preferred model, is a community without Serbs, such as those in Pristina, Djakovica or Pec, or some similar localities in the Province. For our side, it is unacceptable that Pristina has refused to fulfil its obligations and discuss the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities for as much as 3,470 days but I assure you that, regardless of this fact, Serbia will not give up on its efforts to find a compromise solution for the current situation.

I will remind you that the representatives of Pristina, although they often repeat in their statements that the case of the so-called Kosovo is a fait accompli, continue not to be recognized by the majority of UN member states for 14 years now. If the so-called Kosovo's independence is a reality, how come that we have the dialogue? And how come that Belgrade is faced with increasing pressures as regards the need for mutual recognition? What the current political leadership of Pristina refuses to accept is that Belgrade cannot be left out in the search for a final solution. The same also applies to the case of the increasingly frequent indications about Pristina's upcoming membership in international organizations. Will these moves help to create the necessary atmosphere for dialogue? Are we, in this way, rewarding Pristina's destructive behaviour and refusal of dialogue? Our view is that the attempts of the so-called Kosovo to join international organizations are an unacceptable act and Serbia will work decisively against such steps.

During the last session in April this year, we could hear the calls of some members of the UN Security Council to reduce and even terminate UNMIK, with the explanation that Pristina has its own functional institutions. However, the circumstances I have presented to you and the situation on the ground remind us again that international presence in our southern province is still necessary. In this regard, we support the efforts made by UNMIK, KFOR, EULEX and OMIK within their mandates. The Serbian and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija has the highest confidence in the international presence and considers it a guarantor of security, which additionally confirms that international missions need to remain engaged in an undiminished scope and capacity in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244. In conclusion, I would like to point out that lately in all international forums we keep hearing calls for respect of the principles of the UN. We support the territorial integrity of all UN member states. But, what about Serbia? I would like to ask the esteemed members of this distinguished body whether the need to implement the principles of the UN Charter applies only to some or all of its members? As a country that consistently respects international law and still suffers the consequences of it being violated, we believe that the UN Charter and international law, including the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states, should be respected by all and apply indiscriminately to all UN member states.

Ladies and gentleman,

It was this body that more than two decades ago adopted Resolution 1244, which confirmed the territorial integrity of Serbia. This fact did not prevent certain countries from recognizing the so-called “Kosovo” and thus violating the UN principles, but also the resolution that they adopted, by adjusting international law to their interests and goals. Precisely because of this, the more and more frequent mentioning of the case of "Kosovo" is an indication that the precedent made opened a Pandora's box, because the strength of each principle rests on its full and universal application and unconditional adherence.

You will notice that I posed a lot of questions in my statement and I express hope that today we will hear answers to at least some of them from you, esteemed members of the UN Security Council and representatives of Pristina, because the inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija, of any nationality, whether they are Serbs or Albanians deserve it.

All the inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija have every right to expect an improvement in the atmosphere and the reduction of tensions on the ethnic level, which are a prerequisite for a normal life. For such a step to be made, we need constructiveness, which is not lacking on the Serbian side, genuine support of international actors. I emphasize that Serbia has always been and remains deeply committed to finding a sustainable solution by peaceful means, for the sake of peace, stability and a common future.

Thank you.

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