[Overview] Belgrade is the capital as well as the political, economic, industrial and cultural center of Serbia. Situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, it is the country's largest aviation center and inland port and a transportation hub for the Balkan Peninsula. The city covers an area of 3,234 square kilometers and has a population of 1.65 million.
[Politics] The city is governed by the City Assembly and the City Council (i.e., the city government). The City Assembly consists of 110 councilors elected by secret ballot for a term of four years. The current City Assembly was elected in March 2018, and the coalition formed by the Serbian Progressive Party, the Party of United Pensioners of Serbia, and the Social Democratic Party of Serbia holds 64 seats. The City Council comprises the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and nine members. Belgrade is divided into 17 municipalities, including 10 urban and seven suburban municipalities. The incumbent mayor is Zoran Radojičić, who was elected in June 2018.
[Economy] Belgrade is the financial and IT center of Southeast Europe. It is home to the regional headquarters of many well-known international banks and technology companies.
[Culture and Education] Belgrade is the center of the country's cultural and educational activities. The University of Belgrade, founded in 1863, is the most famous university in the country. Most of the country's important cultural and art institutions, such as the world-famous Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, National Library of Serbia, National Museum, and National Theatre, are all located in Belgrade.
[Relations with Beijing] Beijing and Belgrade became sister cities in October 1980. Since then, their relationship has developed smoothly and their cooperation in the fields of culture, education, tourism and sports has been active. In October 2018, the two cities worked together to hold the third China-CEEC Capital Mayors Forum in Belgrade.
Culture: In September 2017, Beijing organized Beijing Day activities in Belgrade, including a concert by Beijing Symphony Orchestra, a photography exhibition on intangible cultural heritage called Charming Beijing, a trade show of Beijing's time-honored products, and Chinese film screenings, to promote Chinese culture in the city. Many local media outlets covered the activities.
Education: The Communication University of China, Capital Normal University, Beijing Union University, Beijing International Studies University, and China Conservatory of Music have worked with universities in Serbia to jointly launch programs for Chinese language promotion, intercollegiate exchange, teacher and student exchange, as well as scientific research cooperation, among others. The Communication University of China has established a Confucius Institute in Belgrade.
Sports: In September 2017, as part of the Beijing Day event, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports and the Serbian Ice Hockey Association held a China-Serbia-Romania youth hockey friendly match in Belgrade.