ArmInfo.Prospects for the development of relations between Armenia and China primarily depend on Armenia, and not on the size of the new Chinese embassy in Yerevan. An ex-head of the parliamentary commission on foreign relations, international expert Hovhannes Igityan, expressed such opinion to ArmInfo.
On August 9, the foundation of the new building of the Chinese Embassy in Armenia was laid in Yerevan. The construction of the new embassy will be completed in 2 years. The new premises of the Chinese Embassy area of about 40 thousand square meters. It will become one of the largest embassies in Armenia.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Tian Erlun noted China's intention to expand its presence in Armenia. Prior to the ceremony, at the meeting with the Assistant Foreign Minister of China Edward Nalbandian noted the relations with China as one of the imperatives of Armenia's foreign policy. His deputy Shavarsh Kocharyan described the construction of a new Chinese embassy in Armenia as a sign of increasing interest of the PRC in relation to the South Caucasus.
"In my opinion, the Armenian-Chinese prospects depend on the degree of freedom of Yerevan in promoting its own interests, on which the statute of the EEU, Moscow's opinion, stands, but I think that building relations with the EEU, Yerevan should implement the policy of exclusion. If there is a need for deepening, more development of relations with China," the expert said.
In this light, Igityan noted the existence of agreements on the supply of weapons to China produced in China, stressing the great potential of Armenia's cooperation with a country that has a powerful military industry. The expert also stressed the weighty place, the right of veto of Beijing in the UN Security Council and the possible role of China, which he could play in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
"Of course, a big embassy is necessary, but this is far from being the main incentive that encourages the development of relations with our country. China in the South Caucasus has recently begun to play an increasingly important role, but its presence in the economy, politics and finance of Armenia is limited. But on the global level, China is a block, and today this block looks far into the future, building relations with Armenia, proceeding not only from today's realities, but also long-term prospects, "Igityan summed up.