Serbia hopes to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with China in various fields, including military, to advance bilateral relations to new levels, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said.

Vucic made the remarks when meeting with visiting Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Zhang Youxia.

Vucic said that history has proved that China is Serbia’s most reliable friend. The Serbian government, people and military support the “one-China” policy as well as China’s stance and proposition in many other issues concerning China’s core interests.

Vucic added that the Belt & Road Initiative has brought many opportunities for the development of Serbia

He said he hopes that the two sides will continue to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, including military, to advance bilateral relations to new levels.

Zhang, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said that the traditional friendship between China and Serbia is profound.

He said that China is ready to work with Serbia to consolidate the all-weather friendship between the two countries, promote the quality of their bilateral relations and accelerate the growth of their ties.

Zhang also called for the militaries of the two countries to implement the consensus reached between the heads of state of China and Serbia, deepen strategic mutual trust and enhance exchanges and cooperation in bids to promote their links to a new height.

During his visit, Zhang also met with Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a Chinese medicine centre in the Serbian Military Medical Academy.