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China Gives Military Aid To Serbia

Jul. 11, 2013 - 04:50PM   |  
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WARSAW — The Serbian Army has received 20 fully equipped ambulances from China.

The signing of the grant agreement took place July 6 at the Karaburma Military Medical Centre in Belgrade, and was attended by Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s first deputy prime minister and defense minister, the Serbian government said in a statement.

Vucic was quoted in the statement as saying that his government wants an even stronger Chinese economic presence in Serbia, and that Belgrade will remain Beijing’s reliable ally and an advocate of the “One China” policy.

The first deputy prime minister also said that he expected a meeting with a high-level Chinese delegation in the near future.

According to Vucic, the ambulances are worth more than the €2 million (US $2.6 million), according to Chinese estimates. The vehicles are equipped in line with the latest international standards, he said. The ambulances were fitted with engines manufactured by Italy’s Fiat and delivered together with spare parts. They are to be serviced in Serbia.

Hua Yafang, counselor for political affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, was quoted by the statement as saying that the delivery of ambulances is the result of strong Serbian-Chinese cooperation.

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