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Opening Remarks by Ms. Zheng Wei, General Secretary of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Commission of the SCO during the opening ceremony of Armenia and China Forum

Dear Mr. Ambassador Fan,

Dear Mr. Mher Sahakyan,

Dear professors, scientists, experts, dear friends, good afternoon!

I am very pleased to meet with you online and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Armenia together. On April 6, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, and the President of Armenia, Mr. Khachaturyan, exchanged congratulations on this occasion. I am deeply convinced that today’s conference contributes to the development of Chinese-Armenian relations in a new era.

As the ancient Chinese proverb says: “A man reaches maturity at thirty years of age.” We see that in 30 years a whole generation has grown up committed to deepening friendship between China and Armenia and plays an important role in the social development of the two countries. No matter how the international situation changes, we always understand, respect and support each other. From jointly advancing the Belt and Road initiative, guided by the principle of “joint consultation, joint construction and joint use”, to consolidating the fight against the epidemic, and realizing high-quality development, we always stand together and move forward hand in hand. What is the secret of Chinese-Armenian friendly cooperation? The code of luck is the relentless pursuit of the common values ​​of all mankind, these are peace, development, equality, justice, democracy and freedom.

First, to promote peace and development with high responsibility to the people. Improving the well-being of the peoples of the two countries has always been the common aspiration of China and Armenia, as well as the goal of our cooperation. Together we strengthen friendship, pass it on from generation to generation, promote mutual learning between civilizations, and try to make a new contribution to regional development. We are constantly unlocking the potential and developing practical cooperation, which achieve new results and benefit the peoples of the two countries. At the same time, China and Armenia, together with the SCO countries, insist on resolving differences and conflicts peacefully, promoting development while promoting peace, securing peace through development, which provides useful practices for resolving widespread “security dilemmas” in international relations.

Second, to promote equality and justice with a high responsibility towards the international community. It is regrettable that war is once again flaring up on the European continent. Chinese President Xi Jinping advocates a “common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable concept of security.” Facts have proven that this concept is scientific, fair and in line with popular aspirations. European countries should uphold the principle of strategic independence, and the US and NATO should engage in dialogue with Russia to understand the true cause of the Ukrainian crisis. To achieve lasting peace and stability, it is necessary to consider the reasonable security interests of all parties, and not encourage group confrontation and absolute security of one side. Shipments of humanitarian aid to Ukraine were delivered from China. China’s position on Ukraine is objective, fair, and on the side of peace and the right side of history.

Third, to promote democracy and freedom with a high responsibility towards the future of humanity. We see that democracy itself is diverse and there is no single universal model. We understand and respect the path of development chosen independently by the peoples of all countries in accordance with their national conditions. Since its inception, the Chinese Communist Party has been committed to the system of democratic centralism and has continuously improved this system over the past 100 years. This year, China will host the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Under the leadership of the CCP, China has carried out people’s democracy in the whole process, improved the welfare of the people, and eliminated absolute poverty.

China and Armenia have a long history and great culture. With unswerving efforts to develop China-Armenia relations in the new era, we emphasize the importance of solidarity and cooperation and firmly uphold the common values ​​of all humankind.

Together with the peoples of the countries along the Belt and Road, we are committed to helping build a community with a shared destiny for humanity and a global development community.

I would like to thank once again all those present! I wish the conference full success and all participants good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Thanks for your attention!

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