China and Georgia celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations on June 9 in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. Hundreds of people braved the hot humid weather to take part in the event– ‘China-Georgia Friendship Day’.
Several tents lined Rike Park, featuring a wide range of Chinese wares, including artifacts, textiles, wine, as well as a stand selling traditional Chinese tea. In addition, a Chinese martial art demonstration was given, and two animated Chinese dragons roamed the park to the beat of marching drums, dazzling the audience in the process.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili took part in the celebration, taking the stage with Ji Yanchi, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Georgia.
“I am very glad that China and Georgia are celebrating our friendship today. Marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two nations is quite significant,” Kvirikashvili said in his speech. “Traditionally, China and Georgia have enjoyed friendly relations. Nowadays the partnership between our countries is stronger than ever. This is clearly demonstrated by the intensification of bilateral cooperation, high level visits, as well as all the concrete results we have achieved together.”
Ambassador Ji also gave a short speech to the audience.
“Twenty-five years ago, our governments signed a communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations. It must be mentioned that high-level meetings between our country’s leaders are very common,” Ji told the crowd. “For example, Chinese vice Premier Zhang Gaoli visited Georgia and met with the representatives of the Georgian government. Within the framework of these meetings, an agreement was reached between China and Georgia on the development of relations.”
Head of the Partnership Fund David Saganelidze touched on Georgia’s role in the One Belt One Road initiative, China’s ambitious plan to re-establish the ancient Silk Road.
“Georgia is proud to play an important role in a major project that will connect Europe and Asia, and the close relations that our two countries have formed over the years will be crucial in performing this role,” Saganelidze noted.
Mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia and other officials attend the event.