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Serbian national TV coverage of President Xi's visit

Reporter: Ding Siyue 丨 CCTV.com

06-19-2016 10:24 BJT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Serbia has drawn much local attention. Serbian national television RTS is airing special coverage of the visit.

Serbia's national broadcasting company RTS has spared no effort to cover the Chinese President's visit. 40 cameras and hundreds of staff.

"Yesterday we have 5 to 6 hours of live program, today we had 4 hours. Tomorrow we will have 3 hours of special program. And regular reporting are dedicated to this historical visit of your president to Serbia," said Sasa Barbulovic, Head Producer of RTS Special Coverage.

1.5 million people watched the live program of President Xi's arrival on Friday. It is a huge number for Serbia.

RTS anchor Stanojevic said it indicates Serbian people's enthusiasm for the visit.

"We choose only the best to cover this visit. This is one of the most important state visit that Serbia has seen in the past 20 years," said RTS anchor and senior reporter Zoran Stanojevic.

Big decisions were made, such as China and Serbia agreeing to lift bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. And signing over 20 deals covering trade, industrial capacity and finance.

But Stanojevic said there are two other moments that particularly touched the Serbian public.

"Smederevo was definitely one. It is a very practical thing. It brings bread to tens of thousands of people related to the business. The other was pay tribute to the Chinese diplomats who died in 1999. That is an very important thing for the Serbian people. It is a special relation between Serbian and China that will always last. People in Serbia would never forget what happened, they think it is absolutely unfair and unacceptable," said Zoran Stanojevic.

China and Serbia not only share certain historical memories, but also the same vision for development. And the Serbian audience is familiar with China's economic achievements.

President Xi's visit is an opportunity for Chinese and Serbian people to get to know each other better.

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