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China and Serbia launch joint police patrols in Belgrade

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Serbian authorities have launched joint police patrols of Chinese policemen, in the center of the capital Belgrade, as part of strengthening cooperation between the two countries and facilitating communication with the Chinese in the country.

This came during a ceremony held on the main street in the Serbian capital, on Wednesday, according to the agency “Xinhua”.

The ceremony was attended by Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo and dozens of Serbian and Chinese citizens waving flags of the two countries.

The police officers will jointly patrol several sites in the city, which are either tourist attractions or important sites for Chinese citizens to facilitate contact with them, said Stefanovic.

“Through cooperation within these joint patrols, we can receive help from our Chinese colleagues in communication, which will make the work more efficient and quality,” said Stefanovic.

He also stressed the importance of these patrols, as it gives tourists a sense of security, stressing that “his country expects this year to increase the number of Chinese tourists by 40 percent.”

The minister added: “Such activities, which will also be organized in the cities of Novi Sad and Smederevo along with Belgrade, show the importance of security, and the attention we attach to our cooperation, and we affirm our sincere desire to cooperate.”

For his part, the Chinese ambassador noted that “the governments of Belgrade and Beijing have decided to launch joint patrols for the safety of the citizens of the two countries, and this step reflects their determination to cooperate closely and meet the needs of the people.”

“During their stay in Serbia, Chinese police will engage in joint patrols, operate an emergency telephone service in Chinese, and visit places where Chinese citizens, companies and institutions live,” he said.

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