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Li Keqiang Meets with President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia

In the afternoon of March 26, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia, who came to China to pay a state visit and attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2015.

Li Keqiang said that President Xi Jinping and Your Excellency President together signed the Joint Statement on Further Developing and Deepening Friendly Cooperative Relations yesterday, which injected new impetus into the development of the bilateral relations. China is willing to work with Armenia to deepen friendly cooperation and promote common development through mutual respect, equal treatment, and mutual support.

Li Keqiang pointed that China boasts advanced and surplus capacity in various fields, and has accumulated rich experience in infrastructure construction, with equipment being highly cost-effective. China is willing to conform to the new development plan of your country and carry out cooperation in such fields as railways, highways, nuclear power and electric power. In the meanwhile, China is willing to help Armenia to build production lines of steel and iron, cement, plate glass and others, and carry out infrastructure construction with local materials to promote the industrialization process of Armenia, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win–win results. The Economic and Trade Cooperation Committee between two countries should play a bigger role in promoting bilateral economic and trade, people-to-people and cultural, as well as local exchanges and cooperation.

Serzh Sargsyan said that the two peoples of Armenia and China have enjoyed long-lasting friendship for generations. Since the establishment of the diplomatic relationship, the two countries have witnessed increasingly deepened political mutual trust and constantly promoted friendly cooperative relations, and have become important political, economic and trade partners of each other. Armenia is willing to work with China to deeply explore the potentials for bilateral economic and trade cooperation, enhance cooperation in tourism and aviation industry, and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to promote common development. Armenia welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in Armenia and participate in construction of infrastructure including highways, nuclear power and electric power as well as cooperation in mining industry, and looks forward to conducting capacity cooperation with China, promoting Armenia's economic and social development.

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