China Offers Military Aid to Armenia

Chinese Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan (left) with Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan (right) in Beijing. Dec. 26, 2013.

BEIJING (Tasnim)—China has agreed to provide Armenia with 5 million yuan (US $830,000) in military aid per year, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

An agreement of cooperation was signed by Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and Chinese Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan on Dec. 26, during Ohanyan’s official visit to Beijing.

The discussed topics included military cooperation in training and technical assistance, the statement said.

Ohanyan said relations with China are a priority for Armenia’s foreign policy, and Yerevan aims to enhance military cooperation with Beijing in various fields, Xinhua reported.

During his visit, Ohanyan met with senior Chinese military officials, including Deputy Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission General Xu Qiliang.

In addition, the Armenian minister visited a number of military units of the People’s Liberation Army and headquarters of Chinese defense companies, according to Armenia’s Ministry of Defense.

The latest agreement is part of China’s wider efforts to boost ties with Armenia. In 2012, Beijing agreed to provide Yerevan with 70 million yuans in grants under an economic and technical partnership agreement.


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  1. GB said:

    China is well aware of Turkey’s intention in Central Asian steps and Chinese main land, where Ogus Turks ancestral home land is located. Their Jihadists constantly have clashes with Chinese forces.

    Today’s Axerbaijani, Turkmen, Turkey, Moldovan, and some region of northern Iran, Ogus Turks still have a brotherly ties with them and their numbers easily can reach up to 100 millions. China consider them as their enemy.

    Chinese and Armenian military ties will grow faster in South Caucasus due to Axeris and Turkeys instabilities inside their own countries, where unrest, easily can spread toward Chinese border!