BEIJIN (ArmRadio)—On a state visit to the People’s Republic of China, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian had a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday. Upon the conclusion of a high-level meeting the leaders of the two countries signed a joint declaration on further development and deepening of cooperation and relations between Armenia and China.
The parties pledged to continue the relations based on mutual respect, equality and reciprocal interests, expand the cooperation in the political, commercial-economic, humanitarian and other spheres for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
The Armenian party reiterated its support for China’s policy, and expressed its stance against the independence of Taiwan. Armenia reiterated it would establish no ties with Taiwan, as it sees Taiwan as an integral part of China.
The Chinese party, in turn, expressed its support for the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict on the basis of the basic principles of the UN Charter and the universal norms of international law.
Xi Jinping accepted Sarkisian’s invitation to pay a state visit to Armenia. The date of the visit is yet to be determined.
Trade with China makes about 10 percent of Armenia’s total international trade, having growth from 8 percent a year ago.
As part of his visit, Sarkisian plans to meet with Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China’s National People’s Congress, and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council. Sarkisian will be hosted at Peking University where he will deliver a speech.