Serbia, a good friend of China, enjoys a comprehensive strategic partnership with the country. A core member of the “16+1” cooperation, Serbia was one of the first European countries to support the Belt & Road Initiative and actively take part in joint efforts in developing the initiative.

During the recent second China International Import Expo, the association for promoting trade, culture, tourism and sports between Serbia and China signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the “6+365 days” China International Import Expo transaction service platform.

The promotion association, newly established this year, aims to connect resources between the two countries in trade investment, sports and tourism. Serbia, with a population of merely 7 million, excels in sports, culture and tourism.

To promote this European country among more Chinese people, the association plans to open a Serbian centre, and a culture and sports restaurant, in Shanghai in March or April next year, when a number of Serbian sports stars will be invited.

Next year, which marks the 65th anniversary of the formal establishment of the diplomatic relations between Serbia and China, will be pivotal in enhancing strategic & comprehensive relations between the two countries.

Collaboration in such fields as culture, sports, education and technology will be further promoted, and exchanges among political parties and regional departments will be more frequent.