The digest covers China's political, diplomatic, economic and other activities in the South Caucasus region and relations between China and the South Caucasus countries. It relies on a wide variety of sources, including the Chinese media. It is worth noting that the Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (according to the World Press Freedom Index China is nearly at the bottom of the list and ranks 175th out of 180 countries)
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Aliyev visited Chinese pavilion at the Azerbaijan International Defense Exhibition
The Chinese Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Guo Min and Ilham Aliyev. Source: Azertac
The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev visited the 4th Azerbaijan International Defense Exhibition ADEX and the 13th International Exhibition for Internal Security, Safety and Rescue Equipment "Securex Caspian" at the Baku Expo Center, Azertac reported on September 6.
The participants of the ADEX defense exhibition included "leading defense sector companies" from several countries, including China. Aliyev also visited the pavilion of China at the exhibition. Reportedly, CETC International Co. Ltd, a company representing China, is the main platform for international business and cooperation of the China Electronic Technology Group Company (CETC). Azertac wrote that CETC was ranked 354th in the Fortune Global 500 ranking in 2021.
Chinese Ambassador says that Georgia is a reliable partner of China
On September 5, the Chinese Ambassador to Georgia Zhou Qian published a letter on the webpage of the Embassy of China in Georgia. The Ambassador wrote that Georgia was China’s "reliable partner". "It was one of the first to respond to the Belt and Road Initiative," Zhou Qian noted.
While the Ambassador emphasized that the last two years had had a significant impact on the contacts between China and Georgia, he noted that the political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries did not stop. "At the initial stage of the pandemic, China provided Georgia with a large number of vaccines and shared its experience in the fight against Covid-19. The cooperation against the epidemic deepened the trust and friendship between the two countries," the Chinese Ambassador wrote.
"Recently, China softened its visa policy with a number of countries, including Georgia," the Ambassador said while discussing China's "dynamic zero policy" on the epidemical situation and continued that the traffic between the two countries was steadily opening. "After the turning point in the fight against the epidemic, the political, economic, trade, tourism and other ties between China and Georgia will enter a new phase of development and produce more fruitful results," he wrote.
Azerbaijani representative emphasizes "importance" of the CIFIT
Source: China Postsen, Xinhua
The Commercial Representative of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in China, the Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Temur Nadiroglu said that the China International Fair for Investment and Trade was of great importance for strengthening the economic and trade cooperation between countries along the Belt and Road Initiative, especially between Azerbaijan and China, China Postsen, Xinhua reported on September 11. Reportedly, the 22nd China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) was held in Xiamen, China with the theme of "Global Development: Sharing Digital Opportunities, Investing in a Green Future".
Chinese media: China participates in Armenia's North-South Highway project
On September 11, the Chinese state-controlled CGTN published a material entitled "China participates in Armenia's North-South Highway project".
It highlighted that in 2009 the construction of the North-South Highway project began in Armenia and it was supposed to be finished in 2019, but in fact it was not. The article noted that in 2019, China expressed its willingness to participate in constructing the North-South Highway. "The participation of Chinese companies has enabled the project to move forward quickly. Armenia says it hopes to complete the North-South Highway in eight to nine years," CGTN wrote.
The Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia, Christine Galechyan said that "Chinese contractors are highly professional and this is very important to us" adding that Armenia had the opportunity to connect with the Belt and Road Initiative and join in while noting that Armenia had participated in the Belt and Road Initiative within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union.
CGTN also said that "considering government’s tight control over the construction process and experienced Chinese contractors involved in the construction, experts say the North-South Highway is expected to be completed within the time limit".
Georgian branch of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd among the top FDI recipients
According to Geostat, in the second quarter of 2022, foreign investors invested $351.8 million in FDI in Georgia, and the Georgian branch of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd was among the companies in which the most FDI was invested, CBW reported on September 9.
Geostat publication said that China was Georgia's fifth-largest investor country in the second quarter of 2022 with $30.7 million which was 8.7% of the total.
Azerbaijan Airlines to resume passenger flights to China
From September Azerbaijan Airlines was to resume passenger flights to China on the Baku – Xi'An route, Aeroroutes reported on September 7. The airline had last operated the flight until December 2021. Reportedly, the flights would be once a week.