Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia Academic Seminar
Among seminar guests were the EUROPE GOES SILK ROAD project initiators, young European academics, Sebastian Holler, Sebastian Maier, Florian Krendl and Maximilian Auer, who have undertaken an expedition along the New Silk Road - “Belt and Road”. The team aims to cover a 33.000 km expedition over 6 months from Vienna to Shanghai. They started the journey on June 10, 2019 and are currently on the road.
Mher Sahakyan, Ph.D. Director of the “China-Eurasia” Council for Political and Strategic Research, Armenia, Member of the British Association for Chinese Studies, in his opening remarks mentioned, "It is not a secret, that now the main engine of the world economics is located in Asia, where China is the main player with its Belt and Road Initiative. By the help of its initiative China creates new links between different nations and states, scholars need to work hard for discovering all opportunities of this important initiative".
Zhou Hongyou, Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Armenia stressed that the “Belt and Road” is a long-term initiative and Armenia is regarded as an important partner, “Armenia and China have been cooperating since the existence of the ancient Silk Road, and after Armenia gained its independence, we have built successful and steady bilateral relations”.
The discussion also evolved around the prospects for Sino-Armenian cooperation in the context of “Belt and Road” initiative and in other regional aspects of Chinese initiative.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of RAU Department of World Policy and International Relations Arman Navasardyan, Ph.D., “The significance of this seminar lies both in practical and theoretical components. Historically, Armenia was part of the Silk Road, and today it is only appropriate for Armenia to participate in the “Belt and Road” initiative”.
During the seminar, Austrian researchers introduced the preliminary findings of their ongoing expedition along the “Silk Road Economic Belt”. “The positive feature of the initiative is that it is not about particular countries, but the cooperation among them, as a means to ensure peace and prosperity for all of us. The new Silk Road is the foundation of the new transregional ties”, highlighted Sebastian Holler, Co-Founder of the EUROPE GOES SILK ROAD, Research Associate of the Austrian National Defence Academy, Member of the Shabka Think Tank, Austria.
EUROPE GOES SILK ROAD is a private initiative of young European academics undertaking a 33.000 km research expedition along the New Silk Road to document the different Eurasian connectivity initiatives and their main projects on site, as well as assessing them from an interdisciplinary point of view. Their goal is to create a corridor of understanding not only between academic perspectives but also between people and cultures and thereby offer a comprehensive picture of a day-by-day ever-integrating Eurasia.
Founded in 2016, “China-Eurasia” Council for Political and Strategic Research (CECPSR) is one of the Eurasia’s international policy institutions focused on China and Eurasia defense and security; regional study; and transnational challenges in the era of China’s pivot towards Eurasian mainland and Russia’s and the US’s pivots towards Asia. CECPSR focuses on strengthening cooperation, mutual understanding and peace, between individuals and scholars of Eurasian countries and China.
Photos: M.G. Sarkisov.