Armenian Prime Minister’s Visit to China

YEREVAN (Armenpress)– Before departing for China on a five-day official visit–Armenian prime minister Andranik Margarian told reporters at Yerevan Zvartnots Airport that Armenia enjoys friendly relations with China and is cooperating with the Chinese in education–science–culture and agriculture sectors. "The cooperation between the two countries is especially high in the military-technical sector," the prime minister added.

Before the prime minister’s visit–the Armenian side of the Armenian-Chinese intergovernmental commission visited China and reached a number of arrangemen’s on the creation of joint enterprises in the chemical industry and the export of Armenia-made synthetic rubber to China.

The Armenian delegation–led by prime minister Andranik Margarian arrived in China December 4 for a five-day official visit.

According to the Armenian government press office–Andranik Margarian held talks with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji in Beijing. The two leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Greeting the Armenian prime minister Mr. Zhu Rongji said Armenia is strong in scientific research and industry–while China’s economy is large in scale with many different sectors. "Therefore–economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has a broad prospect," the Chinese Premier said–adding that the two countries should also enhance exchanges in science culture–education–health care–sports and tourism.

Echoing Zhu’s remarks–Margarian said that the two countries have good prospects for strengthening ties in economy–trade–agriculture–education and culture. Margarian reiterated that Armenia adheres to the "one-China" principle–saying that Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory.

Zhu said China appreciates the fact that Armenia has adhered to the "one-China" principle and has never developed any official relationship with Taiwan. He said China supports Armenia’s independence and sovereignty and its efforts to maintain social stability and economic development.

Zhu said the Sino-Armenian relationship has been developing smoothly since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. The exchange of high-level visits in recent years has enhanced mutual understanding and promoted friendship between the two countries–he added.

Zhu said Chinese President Jiang Zemin and former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan issued in May 1996 a joint communiqu–which defined the basis of bilateral friendly relations. The communiqu laid a sound foundation for exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various areas–Zhu noted. He said the two countries have also supported and worked together in international organizations.

After the talks–the two countries’ education ministries signed an agreement on educational cooperation. The prime minister announced that a Chinese company has won an international tender announced by the Armenian government for construction of the 5th unit of the Hrazdan hydro power station. China is also interested in bringing its participation in the construction of the Iran-Armenia gas pipe-line–the prime minister said.

The Armenian prime minister invited his Chinese counterpart to visit Armenia in 2001. The two prime ministers also discussed Chinese aid to Armenia to overcome the aftereffects of the drought that hit Armenia last summer.

Markarian is scheduled to meet with President Zian Ziamin December 5.

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