The Vietnamese work under inhumane conditions. Disturbing reports from Serbia

The Chinese are building the Shandong Linglong Tire Co. car tire factory in Serbia, where the Vietnamese work in inhumane conditions, deprived of passports and other documents and money, writes the AP agency. Belgrade, however, does not want to endanger Beijing and take care of working conditions.

On construction site Shandong Linglong works in terrible conditions about 500 peoplewho have only received one salary since May, live on bunk beds, without mattresses, in unheated barracks. They want to go back to Vietnam, but they don’t have documents. Local authorities do not want to help them either.

The tire factory was proclaimed by the Serbs and the Chinese as a symbol of the “strategic partnership” of both countries. Meanwhile, human rights organizations report that Chinese workers are people who have stayed smuggled into Serbia and probably working like slaves.

Linglong’s board of directors did not respond to an AP request for comment, but denied reports by humanitarian organizations in the Serbian media.

Yesterday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, referring to the accusations of the NGOs, said: “What do they want? That we destroy the investment worth $ 900 million?”

In recent years China has invested billions of euros in the Serbian economymainly in the form of low-interest loans and investments in energy and infrastructure projects. Beijing considers Serbia to be part of the global Belt and Road Initiative, a logistics project promoted by Beijing to boost international trade and expand China’s economic sphere.

In March 2020 Serbia has purchased a new generation FK-3 medium-range anti-aircraft defense system from China.

When Chinese vaccines against Covid-19 appeared, Serbia became a leader in vaccination in Europe, thanks to supplies from China, from where it imported most of the preparations. Experts then pointed to the geopolitical aspect of the rapprochement between Belgrade and Beijing, which is the chance to increase the influence of China and Russia in the Balkans at the expense of the EU.

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