China’s ambassador to Armenia, Zo Xiluan confirmed today that his government will provide Armenia this year with a 10 million Yuan worth humanitarian assistance. He said negotiations with Armenian officials are being held at the moment to choose the areas which need this aid.
He said relations between Armenia and China, including also military cooperation are in a good state. Under an agreement that was reached during the visits of Armenian defense minister and chief of staff of the armed forces to China in 2001 and 2002 several Armenian cadets will fly to China to continue education at one China’s military academies. Last year a senior Chinese foreign ministry official paid a visit to Armenia to exchange thoughts on a vide array of issues.
The ambassador also praised economic ties with Armenia, saying they tend to gradually grow. The trade between China and Armenia in the first 11 months of 2004 amounted to $12.1 million, a 3.9 percent higher than the previous year. The ambassador said a joint Chinese-Armenian plant for production of synthetic rubber will be put into operation in 2006.