Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with visiting Armenian Vice Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Li Keqiang vowed on Wednesday to improve China's relations with Armenia and boost bilateral ties.
While meeting with visiting Armenian Vice Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan in Beijing, Li said China hopes to maintain close coordination with Armenia and implement previously agreed-upon bilateral projects.
He also called on both countries to expand cultural exchanges and cooperation and consolidate a social foundation for bilateral friendship.
Li hailed the stable growth of China-Armenia relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties nearly 20 years ago, citing frequent high-level exchanges, enhanced political trust and fruitful cooperation in areas including trade, infrastructure construction, resource exploration and agriculture.
"We are ready to make efforts with Armenia to use next year's 20th anniversary of bilateral relations as an opportunity to boost our relations to a new level," Li said.
Gevorgyan told Li that the Armenian government highly values its relations with China and hopes to cement bilateral cooperation between local-level governments in both countries.
Gevorgyan was invited to China to attend the closing ceremony of the 26th Summer Universiade, which fell on Tuesday evening in the city of Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong Province. Source: Xinhua