“Belt and Road” initiatives contribute to China-Serbia economic cooperation——An interview with Dragana Mitrovic, Director of the Center for Asian and Far Eastern Studies
Dragana Mitrovic, Director of the Center for Asian and Far Eastern Studies and Professor of University of Belgrade (Photo by Zhang Zhiyong/ Guangming Daily)
“Belt and Road” initiatives play a strategic and global role with promising prospects, said Dragana Mitrovic, Director of the Center for Asian and Far Eastern Studies and Professor of University of Belgrade, in an interview with Guangming Daily on the topic of “Belt and Road” initiatives and its contribution to promoting economic cooperation between China and Serbia.
Mitrovic believed that the strategic conception of “Belt and Road” was put forward at the right time from both international and domestic perspectives. As they meet China’s development demand at the current stage as well as conform to present economic conditions in Eurasian regions, the “Belt and Road” initiatives will be conducive to creating more opportunities for economic growth and contributing to peace and stability in the regions.
China makes its contribution to building new and fairer world economic and political orders with the strategic conception of “Belt and Road”. With huge potential and strong impetus, the cooperation between China and partners like BRICS countries, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has promising prospects on the basis of the “Belt and Road” initiatives.
Mitrovic said, combining its characteristics of economic development, China promotes and carries out in-depth economic cooperation with countries and regions along the “Belt and Road”, showing the world new technologies and management capabilities “Made in China”.
It can not only promote economic cooperation between China and countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” as well as cooperation among these countries and regions, but also help to enhance exchanges, understanding and cooperation in political and cultural fields in these countries and regions. Under the background of slow global economic recovery and deep crisis in euro zone, the strategic conception is of global significance.
Professor Mitrovic believed that “Belt and Road” initiatives will contribute to solving problems of economic development in Eurasian regions, including out-dated transportation and communication facilities in Central Asia, South Asia, East Europe and Southeast Europe, lack of investment and shrinking export due to global economic crisis and European debt crisis.
Speaking of China-Serbia economic cooperation, Mitrovic pointed out that Serbia is located at a significant position connecting Europe, Asia and Africa. China and Serbia established strategic partnership in 2009 and enjoy friendly political relations.
At present, the two countries have confirmed major fields of cooperation including transportation and communication infrastructures, oil and gas exploitation, petrochemical industry, pharmacy, automobile, textile, trade, education, research and development, sports and tourism. Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises that invest in those fields will get strong support from Serbia.
Mitrovic placed particular emphasis on China-Serbia cooperation in agriculture. Serbia has its own traditional advantages in agricultural and sideline products like wheat, corn, barley, sunflower, soybean, sugar beet, milk and dairy products as well as in fields like food processing, cattle breeding and soil texture test. If these industries in Serbia get investment from Chinese enterprises, they will regain global significance and achieve good profits.
Mitrovic said, as Serbia has limited production capacity, it should further strengthen direct cooperation between Serbian and Chinese cities so as to get more support from the governments. As we can see, “Belt and Road” initiatives have come to Southeast Europe and entered Serbia, providing new development opportunities for China-Serbia economic cooperation.
Contributed by Zhang Zhiyong, correspondent of Guangming Daily in Zagreb, Croatia[ Editor: zyq ]