The Chinese Defence Minister hosted his Serbia’s counterpart in Beijing, expressing his admiration and respect for the opposition the Balkan country's army put up during NATO March – June 1999 bombing, Belgrade Defence Ministry said in a statement.
“The Army of Serbia is a magnificent army, and Serbia’s people are magnificent people,” the statement quoted Wei Fenghe as saying in the meeting with Aleksandar Vulin.
Fenghe and Vulin talked about future cooperation between the two countries’ armies in the area of cyberwar, and the training of the special forces and most elite units.
Vulin said Serbia was not very familiar with the threats from cyberwar, but added that “China is one of the technically most advanced countries in the world and its support will help us prepare for new threats we know little or nothing about,” Vulin said.
According to the statement, Chinese Minister added that Vulin’s visit would contribute to firming the friendship between China and Serbia and the cooperation in the arms industry.
Vulin said that “China sees Serbia as a strategic partner, as a country which deserves respect and all kinds of aid.
NATO bombed Serbia in 1999 to stop Belgrade’s oppression of Kosovo Albanians. The bombing ended in the so-called Kumanovo agreement which stipulated that Belgrade would withdraw its army and police from Kosovo.
In 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia which Belgrade has not recognised.
Pristina and Belgrade are amid negotiations on normalisation of relation.
China is among those states that refused to recognise Kosovo’s independence.