Georgian Parliament Shalva Papuashvili said that the establishment of a strategic partnership with China had been the goal of the government’s foreign relations strategy since 2020, and now this goal has been met.
According to the Speaker, China bears a decisive significance in strengthening Georgia’s role in the Middle Corridor project.
“China is the country which can load up this transport corridor. Therefore, it is one of the most important, if not the leading, players in using the corridor’s cargo loading capacity, and this country is already our strategic partner.
Those people, be they opposition politicians or the newly hatched chick experts on Chinese issues, who have not worked for a minute or read any article before, now speak about China. If these people do not realize the significance of these strategic relations, they should show up neither in politics nor in expert circles.
They, who lack the knowledge and competence to discuss this topic, now search for some words to say. We saw the way they hosted our government, and we have had solid relations with China for years. We have a free trade agreement, and in this aspect, we are one of the unique countries, which has a free trade agreement with China and the European Union at the same time that gives additional value to the country,” he said.
The Middle Corridor project, known as the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, is a transit corridor linking East Asia and Europe via Central Asia and the South Caucasus.