China and Central and Eastern European countries, bound by history, deepen cooperation (1/3)
CEE countries were among the first European countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China, and the profound traditional friendship has offered a solid basis for bilateral cooperation, said Zhao Gang, vice president of Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Since the outbreak of #COVID19, China and CEE countries have worked hand in hand in the fight against the epidemic.
In March 2020, #Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic greeted Chinese medical experts who arrived with medical supplies at the Belgrade Airport, kissing the Chinese flag in a show of gratitude for China’s timely support against the pandemic.
In January this year at the same airport, Vucic welcomed the first batch of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.
At a welcoming ceremony, Vucic said the vaccine is “proof of the great friendship between Serbia and China.”
Huo Yuzhen, special representative for China-#CEEC cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, said that understanding and people-to-people exchanges between China and CEE countries have been increasing. She said that there are 212 paired sister provinces, states and cities between China and CEE countries.
#Bulgaria, #Croatia and other CEE countries have become destinations for Chinese tourists. #Serbia, #Albania, and #Bosnia and #Herzegovina allow Chinese citizens with ordinary passports to enter the country visa-free.
All 17 CEE countries have Confucius Institutes and Chinese has become a popular course at CEE universities. In Romania, Chinese was even included in its primary and secondary syllabus.