Armenia & China: 20 years of cooperation

Sona Hakobyan

A two-day conference titled “Armenia and China: 20 years of political, economic, linguistic and cultural cooperation” kicked off at the State Linguistic University after Valery Bryusov today. The event aims to reinforce the cooperation between Armenian and Chinese linguists, explore ways for Armenian-Chinese cooperation in the political, economic, linguistic and cultural spheres. In attendance were China’s Ambassador to Armenia Tien Changchun, Chairman of the State Linguistic University Board Vigen Sargsyan, Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan, other officials.

Although Armenians and Chinese are very different, historians and art critics say the two countries have a number of similarities. Although the diplomatic, political, economic and cultural ties between Armenia and China have a history of 20 years, the friendship between the two comes from the depth of centuries, when the Silk Road was linking the Armenian and Chinese cultures.

Speaking at the forum, Rector of the State linguistic University Gayane Gasparyan said Chinese had been taught at the University since 2007.

The political relations between the two countries are strengthening day by day, Ambassador Tien Changchun said, in turn. He added that “the two countries are closely cooperating and supporting each other’s interests.”

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