BELGRADE – Ahead of his visit to Serbia, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the decades of timeless Sino-Serbian friendship in an article published by Belgrade’s Politika daily on Thursday.

For sixty years, the peoples of China and Serbia have stood alongside each other, cherishing a mutual fondness and a timeless friendship. At the invitation of President Tomislav Nikolic, I will be paying a state visit to the Republic of Serbia in the next few days, Xi wrote.

I expect that, together with President Nikolic and other Serbian officials, I will discuss our friendship, plan cooperation, consider the future and take our strategic partnership to another level, he wrote.

Serbia is a country with a long history and a magnificent culture, and it has an important place in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans – for thousands of years, the region has been a meeting place of Eastern and Western culture, which has led to progress of the civilisation, Xi noted.