YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan described consistent development of “centuries-old friendly relations between Armenia and China” as a top foreign policy priority for Armenia as he received a delegation led by First Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Zhang Gaoli on June 6.
The Armenian leader welcomed the high ranking official and his delegation, stating that their visit to Armenia is evidence of the high-level cooperation between the two countries and a mutual desire to strengthen it further.
According to the President’s office, the sides stated with satisfaction that since the establishment diplomatic relations between the two countries the Armenian-Chinese partnership has constantly developed and expanded, enveloping various fields such as political, economic, cultural, educational and so on.
The president of Armenia and the first premier of China mentioned that despite external economic shocks Armenian-Chinese economic cooperation has dynamically developed during the recent years. The joint initiatives in the spheres of industry, energy, agriculture, science, and culture are an important stimulus for leveling up the existing relations, they said.
The First Premier of China highlighted the economic cooperation between his country and the Eurasian Economic Union, mentioning that Armenia, as an EEU member state, can have its contribution to the progress of talks in that direction.
The sides agreed that mutual high-level visits, which have become regular in recent years, significantly strengthen Armenian-Chinese relations. Sargsyan and Zhang Gaoli also expressed satisfaction over Armenian-Chinese cooperation in international organizations.
The two also attached great importance to the measures for strengthening cultural ties. In this context the construction of a school with advanced teaching of the Chinese language was highlighted, which, according to the Armenian leader and the senior Chinese official, it will be a promising contribution to the friendship between the future generations of the two states.