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China targets Europe with drone and Huawei system sales to Serbia

Beijing seeks to strengthen a friendly nation to boost its influence with the EU

Chinese police officers on patrol with Serbian officers in Belgrade on Sept. 20.   © Reuters

BERLIN -- As well as building rail lines, highways and bridges in Serbia as part of its flagship Belt and Road Initiative, China is looking to play a bigger role in developing defense and security apparatus in the Eastern European nation.

Serbia announced last month the purchase of armed drones from China -- Beijing's biggest military sale into Europe since the end of the Cold War -- and Chinese police officers have been patrolling the streets of Belgrade with Serbian counterparts since Sept. 18.

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