（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 孟庆玺）2023年5月16日，受中外新闻社总裁韦燕邀请，亚美尼亚驻华大使谢尔盖•马纳萨良阁下前往位于北京东四八条胡同四合院的中外新闻社大使俱乐部外交接待中心，宾主双方和企业家汇聚一堂，叙谈友谊、合作，美酒、美食、美景……相聚“京城谷雨之夜”，用爱点亮云端，中外友谊之花今晚格外璀璨，这是中外新闻社大使俱乐部外交接待中心首次开门迎客，亚美尼亚驻华大使谢尔盖•马纳萨良阁下是第一位访客大使。
On May 16, 2023, invited by Madam Wei Yan, President of Home and Abroad News Press, Ambassador of Armenia to China, H.E. Sergey Manassarian, visited Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club Diplomatic Reception Center, located in the courtyard of the Dongsi Batiao Hutong in Beijing, where guests and entrepreneurs can freely gather to talk about friendship and cooperation, enjoy wine, food and beautiful environment together. This is the first time for Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club Diplomatic Reception Center to open its doors to welcome guests, and Ambassador Sergey Manassarian was the first ambassador guest.
President Wei Yan warmly welcomed the ambassador's arrival with the Chinese traditional guzheng music and fresh green tea fragrant filled up the courtyard. With the strong atmosphere of Chinese culture, Ambassador Sergey Manassarian was quite interested in the architecture of the courtyard house, and had friendly exchanges with well-known entrepreneur Mr. Wu Kang, CEO of Three Apples Fruit Group. Executive Director Mr. Liu Dengchen and Director of International Projects Department Ms. He Li also in the friendly talks.
Mr. Wu Kang made a detailed introduction about Three Apples Fruit Group to Ambassador Sergey Manassarian: In 2022, the company produced 100,000 tons of apple juice with total product value of 1.5 billion RMB. Located in Xiaoyi, Shanxi, Three Apples (Shanxi) Fruit and Vegetable Juice Co., Ltd. is the largest beverage processing plant in Asia with 300-acre land and a daily production capacity of up to 1 million cans (bottles) of beverage. The total investment was over 2.7 billion RMB. Based on the geographical climate and high-quality fruit trees in Armenia, CEO Wu Kang proposed to choose to invest in a factory in Armenia, and Ambassador Sergey Manassarian expressed his support. He said, Armenia is a republican country located in the Transcaucasia region at the border of Asia and Europe. Since 2002, it has made great efforts to develop foreign trade and achieved great success. The Armenian economy has achieved remarkable growth in various fields. The key cooperation between China and Armenia is mainly in infrastructure construction and energy sector.
He continued that the Armenian market is relatively small, but the Eurasian Economic Union is a huge market of 180 million people and a $3-trillion economy. We can become the gateway to the Eurasian Economic Union. To this end, the Ambassador expressed his full support for CEO Wu Kang to realize his future plan in Armenia.
The courtyard is elegant, the moon is bright in the sky. This special place is filled with a strong poetic feeling of spring. Ambassador Sergey Manassarian emotionally expressed that tonight's gathering is unique and touching. I would like to thank my dear friend Ms. Wei Yan and her partners for making me feel like family here! Now, the people of Armenia and China are getting closer and closer. More Armenians are interested in China, and an increasing number of Chinese entrepreneurs want to invest and develop their business in Armenia. China and Armenia’s friendship tree is growing with prosperities and great energy.
Ambassador Sergey Manassarian is a senior diplomat and politician who served as Deputy Foreign Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, with rich experience in Asian affairs. In November 2022, he succeeded the Ambassador of Slovakia to China H.E. Mr. Dusan Bella, as the Honorary President of Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club.
In today’s world, the international community continues to undergo profound and complex changes, a century of changes mixed with the COVID pandemic, economic globalization has encountered headwinds, the competition between major powers is increasingly intense, the world has entered a new period of turbulence and changes, especially domestic development towards new creation models.
President Wei Yan expressed that Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club Diplomatic Reception Center will continue to welcome every member of the Ambassador Club, and we will arrange business matchmaking from time to time. Since its establishment, Home and Abroad News Press Ambassadors Club creates a wonderful resource with good environments, good connections and good projects for Chinese goods and services exporting to abroad, and creates a community of destiny through the Belt and Road initiatives to allow resources to transform into productivity and innovative projects.