（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 刘登臣）2023年4月21日，中外新闻社总裁韦燕携北京中天海康集团董事长刘海康一行前往亚美尼亚共和国驻华大使馆拜会亚美尼亚大使、中外新闻社大使俱乐部荣誉主席谢尔盖•马纳萨良阁下，就即将组织工商企业代表团赴亚美尼亚考察事宜同谢尔盖•马纳萨良大使进行深度交流。
On April 21, 2023, Mrs. Wei Yan, President of Home and Abroad News Press, together with Mr. Liu Haikang, Chairman of Beijing ZhongtianHaikang Group, went to the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in China to meet with Ambassador of Armenia to China His Excellency Sergey Manasaryan. Both sides and had an in-depth exchange on the upcoming business delegation trip to Armenia to discover mutual cooperative opportunities and bilateral trade plans.
The past 2022 was a year full of uncertainties in the world economy with the COVID pandemic, Ukraine crisis escalation, the U.S. Federal Reserve aggressive interest rate hikes, soaring global inflation, energy and food crisis...... Under many negative impacts, the global economy encountered rollercoaster rides, and the recovery process is full of risks and challenges. With turbulent external environment, the Chinese economy insists on stability through seeking stable recovery progress in all sectors to maintain long-term positive energy with high-quality development. This will creategood conditions for the world economy to turn around with better development, better confidence and greater momentum, and surely bring new development opportunities for countries around the world, including Armenia.
For this reason, Chinese enterprises are ready to get out of the COVID pandemic. With the easing pandemic control policies, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Hunan and many other provinces and cities have gone out to seek more orders for their high-quality products, including the government-chartered airplane to abroad for foreign orders. Mr. Liu Haikang, Chairman of Beijing ZhongtianHaikang Group, is thinking about Armenia, a free-trade country in Transcaucasia, located at the border between Asia and Europe. It’s hoped that more investment in Armenia to build industrial parks, real estate development, new energy vehicles and fast-charging equipment, tourism, agriculture and financial sectors. Ambassador Sergey Manasaryan warmly received the delegation and firstly thanked Home and Abroad News Press for recommending Armenia to Chinese companies. The ambassador said that April 6, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Armenia. Over the past 30 years, the two countries have achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields, including trade, economy, agriculture and humanistic exchanges. The "Belt and Road" initiative has injected new impetus and opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in Central Asia. Now both countries have implemented a visa-free policy without any conditions, which is a strong proof of the high-level mutual trust and understanding between the two countries.
The ambassador is very much looking forward to Chinese companies investing in the financial sector in Armenia. He said that all countries have banks and financial institutions in Armenia, but the Chinese financial sector has not entered yet. China will officially use the RMB for trade settlements with Armenia, which means that the two countries will no longer use other international currencies for country-to-country transactions. Therefore, it is a good time for the Chinese financial sector to enter Armenia.
Liu Haikang said that as the Vice President of China Chamber of International Cooperation in Private Economy, I will release this information in time and believe that the Chinese business delegation to Armenia will gain fruitful results. Ambassador Sergey Manasaryan also believes that this business trip can effectively promote the extensive exchanges between the two governments and enterprises, and promote business exchanges in many sectors. Armenia is willing to expand a wide range of cooperation space with the China Chamber of Commerce for International Cooperation in Private Economy, establish a friendly and stable working communication mechanism, and work together to explore more international cooperative opportunities.
During the meeting, the President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan also expressed the wish to launch the Armenian Branch of Home and Abroad News Press with this Chinese business delegation trip to Armenia. AmbassadorSergey Manasaryan said: "Of course, this is very necessary and I will do my best to support it!" Yan expressed her gratitude and looked forward to making more efforts in developing friendly relations between China and Armenia.
We will travel to Armenia, where it has huge Caucasus mountains, glistening Lake Sevan, and unique cultural customs. Most importantly, Armenia has been in frequent interaction with China along the ancient Silk Road for thousands of years, and the friendship between the two countries has been continued until today. Armenian civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the history of mankind. In the historical and cultural heritage of Armenians, you can find both the remains of Greek and Roman cultureas well as Persian, Arab and even Chinese cultures. We are looking forward to this trip with great expectations.
Ambassador Sergey Manasaryan was the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, and he has been serving as the Armenian Ambassador to China since May 2016. As a senior diplomat, he will continue to be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of international order, joining hands with the Chinese people to contribute to building a community of human destiny.