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On July 3 an event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and China was held in Yerevan.
Chinese Ambassador to Armenia Tian Changchun said that the relations between the two countries are steadily developing in various spheres. He said that the political relations are deepening with every passing day, the sides are cooperating within international organizations and support each other in important issues. He added that China is an important trade partner of Armenia. For instance, the trade turnover between the countries has grown 160 times as compared with the first years of relations. He also pointed out the cooperation in the spheres of education and culture. In particular, Days of Chinese
Culture will be held in Armenia this autumn. Today the Armenian-Chinese relations are in their best phase, he stressed.
For his part, Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Sergey Manasaryan pointed out the growth in the commodity turnover between Armenia and China. According to him, in 2011 the commodity turnover was $421 mln, in Q1 2012 - $125 mln. "We think it is realistic to increase the commodity turnover to $500 mln, and it is only the beginning", Manasaryan said. As regards education, the deputy minister said that 40 scholarships have been allocated for Armenian students for 2012-2013, who want to receive education at the universities of China. At the same time, 15 Chinese students will study at the Armenian universities.