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The Dragon Lands in Belgrade: The Drivers of Sino-Serbian Partnership

In recent years, the partnership between Serbia and China has been elevated to a historically unprecedented level. This partnership manifests itself through Chinese economic statecraft, technological partnership, security partnership, with political ties reaching an unprecedented degree during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as Vuk Vuksanovic examines, the future of this partnership will be dependent on the trajectory of China’s relationship with the West. As US-China relations are becoming adversarial, and as China’s relations with the EU are shaken, it will become increasingly difficult and risky for Belgrade to maintain its ties with Beijing. From ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to ‘debt-trap diplomacy’, this Strategic Update examines the Sino-Serbian partnership we are witnessing and what the future has in store for Serbian policymakers.

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This was published on Monday 19 July 2021.

About the author

Vuk Vuksanovic is a PhD researcher in international relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and he is an associate of LSE IDEAS. He wrote this Strategic Update as Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS in 2021.