Speaking at an opening ceremony for the 6th China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2023 on Nov. 5, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that Serbia was proud to be a guest of honor at the annual trade fair in Shanghai.
Brnabic underlined that Serbia’s participation in the world’s largest trade show for imported goods confirmed its desire to strengthen its ties and ironclad friendship with China, the Government of Serbia quoted the prime minster as saying in a release published on its website. The fact that Serbia is among several guests of honor attests to the quality of our bilateral relationship, and is a promise of future cooperation, Brnabic said, adding that the Serbian pavilion in Shanghai confirmed that economic ties between the two states would fulfil their potential in the years to come.
According to the Serbian prime minister, the strategic partnership and ironclad friendship between the two countries had been solidified over the past six years, and bilateral cooperation had reached an exceptional level thanks to the personal relationship between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, as well. In the past four years, from 2018 to 2022, the value of trade rose 2.7 times, and Serbian exports to China by as much as 12.7 times. In the same period, China became Serbia’s number one investors and kept this position in 2021, 2022 and in the first six months of 2023.