The construction of a Chinese cultural center has begun in the location of the former Chinese embassy in New Belgrade, demolished during the NATO bombing in 1999, and should be completed in 18 months.
As it was pointed out, this is the first Chinese cultural center in the Balkans and a symbol of the friendship of the two nations, the construction of which will cost EUR 45 million. The construction of the Chinese cultural center means 400 new jobs as well.
Presenting the project, the director of the company Empiret, Li Zhicheng, said that the 32,000-m2 building would have two underground levels and 8 above-ground floors.
The ground floor will contain a hall and classrooms for promotion of Chinese culture. The first floor will feature an exhibition hall, an open grand hall and a green plaza. Various appropriate complexes and office space will occupy the remaining floors.
Zhicheng said that the center in New Belgrade would act as a proof of the Serbian-Chinese friendship and a platform for the deepening of the cooperation and the enhancement of the relations. The company says that it plans to invest in a number of projects so as to contribute even more to Serbian economy.
Mayor Sinisa Mali said that the building would be a new symbol of Belgrade and New Belgrade. Mali pointed out that the excavation works and the laying down of piles were being carried out by local companies.
He emphasized the importance of the economic cooperation with China and a range of new project being negotiated, which will secure additional investments and more jobs.
He mentioned the construction of the heating pipeline from TENT Obrenovac to the New Belgrade heating plant, as well as the Agreement on the construction of an industrial park by the Pupin Bridge, and added that he hoped that an agreement on the completion of the sewerage and the construction of the first water treatment plant, worth close to EUR 270 million, would be signed with the Chinese partner before the end of the year.