The article is written by Liu Jin, Chinese Ambassador to Montenegro.
In July this year, there are two jubilee events, one related to China, the other to Sino-Montenegrin relations. The Communist Party of China celebrated its 100th birthday on 1 July, and China and Montenegro will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations on 6 July. On the occasion of these two events, many Montenegrin friends have sent congratulations to the Embassy and shared the joy with us, which represents the support of China, and the precious friendship between the two countries.
Fifteen years ago, shortly after Montenegro restored its independence, China and Montenegro established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level. For the past 15 years, the two countries have adhered to the concepts of multilateralism, mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits, and have always promoted the development of bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. China has never interfered in the internal affairs of Montenegro, and has respected Montenegro’s national development strategy for joining the European Union. Also, Montenegro has always supported China on issues concerning its essential interests in China.
China has already entered a new development phase, it will apply new development concepts, build a new development model and advocate for opening to the world at a higher level, which will provide countries from all over the world, including Montenegro, with broader prospects for cooperation and more development opportunities. China will continue to support multilateralism, an international system headed by the United Nations, and an international order based on international law, in order to contribute to world peace and sustainable prosperity.
The pandemic will not hinder the rapid development of China and the stable progress of Sino-Montenegrin relations. China’s continued progress will become a new opportunity for the future development of bilateral relations. Both China and Sino-Montenegrin relations stand on a new historical starting point, the two countries are just taking on the important task of promoting economic and social development and improving the well-being of citizens. China is ready to cooperate with Montenegro, use the opportunity to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and to deepen practical cooperation in various fields for the benefit of the two countries and peoples.