Academic Seminar ‘Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia’ Took Place in Yerevan

A scene from the "Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia" academic seminar, where Sino-Armenian relations were discussed
A scene from the "Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia" academic seminar, where Sino-Armenian relations were discussed

A scene from the “Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia” academic seminar, where Sino-Armenian relations were discussed

YEREVAN—“China-Eurasia” Council for Political and Strategic Research, Russian-Armenian University, and “Europe Goes Silk Road” jointly organized an academic seminar titled, “Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia.” The seminar was hosted by the RAU.

During the opening ceremony of the seminar, Zhou Hongyou, Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Armenia, spoke about the Belt and Road Initiative’s progress, results, and prospects. He also introduced the last developments in Sino-Armenian relations.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ex Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, and Head of the Department of World Politics and International Relations of the RAU, Dr. Arman Navasardyan introduced several recommendations for improving Sino-Armenian cooperation.

In turn, Sebastian Holler, Co-Founder of “Europe Goes Silk Road,” Research Associate of the Austrian National Defence Academy, and Member of the Shabka Think Tank, spoke about the foundation of the “Europe Goes Silk Road” project.

Dr. Mher Sahakyan, the main initiator of this academic Seminar welcomed speakers and guests, and mentioned that the main aim of the seminar was to provide a platform for researchers who do research on Belt and Road initiatives.

A scene from the "Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia" academic seminar, which took place in Yerevan

A scene from the “Europe Goes Silk Road through Armenia” academic seminar, which took place in Yerevan

After the opening remarks, Sebastian Maier, Co-Founder of “Europe Goes Silk Road,” Independent Infrastructure Researcher, and former TU Wien Assistant Professor, along with Florian Krendl, Co-Founder of “Europe Goes Silk Road,” and Member of the 2050 Thinkers Club, Austria, introduced the main aims and approaches of the “Europe Goes Silk Road” project.

Sebastian Holler and Sebastian Maier spoke about preliminary results and outlook of the “Europe Goes Silk Road” Expedition.

Dr. Varuzhan Geghamyan, Assistant Professor, and Yerevan State University Director, ARDI Institute, introduced his research on Sino-Turkish relations in the 21st century.

Dr. Mher Sahakyan’s research was focused on main aims of the Belt and Road Initiative, and he also introduced several recommendations for improving Sino-Armenian Cooperation in the context of Belt and Road Initiative.

An active discussions and exchange of thoughts followed after each presentation.

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