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Romanian PM Tudose, Chinese ambassador Xu discuss infrastructure cooperation prospects

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Monday welcomed at the Victoria Governmental Palace ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Romania Xu Feihong to discuss prospects for materialising collaboration under projects of common interest in the areas of economy and rail and road infrastructure.

“We have in mind important projects in the area of rail and road infrastructure, in which big Chinese companies have voiced an interest, but we also expect small companies to invest and produce in Romania for the European market,” Tudose is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Romanian Government.

A first project discussed in the meeting is the construction of a suspended bridge over the Danube in Braila, included in Romania’s Transport General Master Plan, for which invitations to tender have already been issued.

PM Tudose also mentioned infrastructure projects of regional import such as the construction of a Bucharest-Sofia motorway and the construction of a high-speed magnetic levitation rail transport network jointly developed by Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and possibly Greece, patterned on of those already operating in China.

“There are projects that can qualify for European funding and can be developed under a private-public partnership, where Romania can benefit from the expertise of the big Chinese construction companies.”

Ambassador Xu told PM Tudose that Chinese investors are interested in Romania and China is open to the development of bilateral economic cooperation.

“The two delegations established to jointly assess, starting this week, the projects providing bilateral cooperation prospects. Other economic cooperation on a bilateral and regional level can also be identified at the meeting of the heads of governments of China and Central and Eastern Europe scheduled for this autumn in Budapest,” the statement says.

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