Armenia is a republic country in the Transcaucasian region between Asia and Europe. The Armenian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Sergey Manassarian has repeatedly stated that Armenia is willing to actively carry out cultural exchange activities under the framework of the “Belt and Road” with China and promote the civil connections between the two peoples. On the morning of August 10th, “Witness Friendship” Home & Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation interviewed with the Armenian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Sergey Manassarian.
小记者问：“大使阁下您好！我们小记者有机会采访您很高兴。在您担任亚美尼亚外交部副外长时, 就分管亚洲事务, 2016年5月17日在北京人民大会堂您向中国国家主席习近平递交国书那一刻起，你已经成为中国人民可贵的朋友，你认为：我们青少年应该如何接过“接力棒”传承中亚两国的友谊?谢谢！”
A junior journalist asked: “Hello, Mr. Ambassador. It’s our honor to have this interview opportunity with you. When you were the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, you were in charge of Asian affairs. On May 17th, 2016, you submitted your credential to the Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, you have become an important friend of the Chinese people. In your opinion, how should we carry on China and Armenia’s traditional friendship as teenagers and youth? Thank you!”
“First of all, we are very happy to see you all coming to the Armenian Embassy for the interview. Before coming to China, I was also responsible for Asian affairs in the Armenian Foreign Affairs Ministry, surely including Chinese affairs. On May 17th, 2016, I submitted my credential to the Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, that was a very unforgettable day. My responsibility is to build a good, positive and solid foundation for our two countries and then pass it on to next generation as a future friendship messenger. You should learn more about the culture and history of China and Armenia as well as the world, then take over the friendship baton, grow up with times, and open up a new chapter for global diplomacy.” the ambassador said.
“Cultural cooperation is an important component of promoting exchanges between the two countries. In 2017, "Armenian Culture Day" was held in China. In 2016, "Chinese Culture Day" was held in Armenia. The two countries jointly established one Confucius Institute and three Confucius classrooms. I would like to ask: as the Armenian Ambassador to China, how will you actively promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between Armenia and China? Thank you!” another junior journalist asked.
Ambassador Manassarian answered: “It is very important. Also, it is difficult to achieve our mutual understanding and communication in politics and diplomacy without cultural exchanges. China and Armenia regularly organize cultural events. The “Armenian Cultural Day” in China, “Chinese Cultural Day” and Confucius Institutes in Armenia, they are well organized. We are currently organizing a Chinese art exhibition because Chinese culture and education are widely recognized in Armenia. As the ambassador, I will make great efforts to further improve the level of cultural exchanges between the two countries, jointly explore the cultural connotation of Silk Road, and write a beautiful chapter for the friendly relations between the two countries.”
A very young student asked the ambassador about the differences between Armenian and Chinese education systems? How many holidays do Armenian students get every year? Do they have a lot of homework? What things do they enjoy doing after school? At the same time, they wished to make friends with Armenian children and invite them to China for building a wonderful friendship Chinese and Armenian children and youth.
Ambassador Manassarian was very happy and answered all questions from the junior journalists. He suggested that to make friends with Armenian children, you can write letters to the Confucius Institute or other Chinese schools in Armenia. We can help you as well. After you establish a relationship with them, you can use the internet to connect with them anytime in the future. Of course, if you can speak English, then you will communicate better with them.
At the end of the interview, Ambassador Manassarian happily invite all junior journalists to visit Armenia. The junior journalists also presented their small gifts to the ambassador and other Armenian diplomats. Suddenly, the Armenian embassy in China was full of laughs and joy with lovely smiles. When we took a group photo, everyone cheered and said: China and Armenia’s friendship last forever…