YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Thirty-eight year-old Anahit Parsian and 35-year-old Karine Sahakian from Armenia were announced winners at the "Meeting in China in 2000" contest–Chinese Ambassador to Armenia Zhu Zhaoshun told reporters September 17–presenting the results of the contest. Another 67 participants were prize-winners in the contest dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Republic.
Citizens of 80 countries participated in the contest that was held August 9-September 6. Only ten winners will have the right to this trip.
Fifty questions on Chinese history–culture–literature–traditions–life and sports were in the test–each right answer scoring two points. Those who scored 100 points were announced winners. The contest participants who scored 94 or above were announced prize-winners. The organizers of the contest in Armenia were the Chinese Embassy and the Armenian Society of Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries.
"I am deeply touched by the fact that our Armenian friends showed great enthusiasm for and interest in the arrangement. This is a testimony to strong friendship between our countries," the Chinese ambassador said. He thanked the Armenian Society of Cultural Ties for its assistance in holding the contest–which was a success–as well as the Armenian mass media. Zhu Zhaoshun also expressed optimism that at least one of the two Armenian winners will go to China.