Chinese Official Visits Armenia, Meets Sargisian



YEREVAN (Xinhua) — Armenian President Serge Sargisian last week met with Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Central Committee’s Political (CPC) Bureau, to discuss issues concerning bilateral relations.

Changchun conveyed greetings from Chinese President Hu Jintao and praised the long-standing exchanges and contacts between the two countries and peoples.

“After the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, the development of bilateral relations entered a new phase,” said Changchun. “High-level exchanges are frequent; political mutual trust has deepened; obvious results have been achieved in such fields as trade and economy, culture and education; the two countries communicate and coordinate in international as well as regional issues.”

Changchun recalled that during the World Expo in Shanghai last year, Sargisian met Jintao, and the two presidents exchanged views and reached a consensus on how to cement their friendship and widen the scope of cooperation. The presidents’ meeting has pointed out the way for further development of bilateral relations and injected newimpetus into such development, he said.

Changchun proposed that the two countries enhance bilateral relations in the fields of politics, economy, cultural exchange, education and scientific development.

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Sargisian asked Changchun to convey his greetings to Jintao, and said that he fully agrees with Changchun on further efforts to promote bilateral relations.

Sargisian said that China is a reliable friend of Armenia. The friendship between the two countries is conducive to the economic and social development of Armenia and to the peace and prosperity of the region as well, he said.

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