Li Keqiang Meets with Armenian Vice Prime Minister
On the afternoon of August 24, 2011, Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with visiting Armenian Vice Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan in Beijing.
Li hailed the stable and healthy growth of China-Armenia relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties nearly 20 years ago, citing frequent high-level exchanges, enhanced political trust and fruitful cooperation in areas including trade, infrastructure construction, resource exploration and agriculture, which, he said, has brought tangible benefits to the two countries and their peoples.
Li pointed out that China-Armenia pragmatic cooperation is developing rapidly. China hopes to maintain close coordination with Armenia and implement previously agreed-upon bilateral projects. He suggested both sides develop innovative models of cooperation and complement each other's advantages to achieve mutual benefit. He also called on both countries to enhance coordination, well plan priority cooperation areas, expand cultural exchanges and cooperation and consolidate a social foundation for bilateral friendship. "We are ready to make efforts with Armenia to take next year's 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to boost our relations to a new level," Li said.
Gevorgyan told Li that the Armenian government highly values its relations with China and hopes to cement bilateral cooperation on economy, investment, agriculture, humanities as well as between local-level governments in both countries so as to push forward bilateral ties.