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China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Central Asia (Video)

Event Brief:
-Date: 7 November 2022 (Monday) -Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
-Format: Hybrid Mode
-Language: English Introduction: The seminar will discuss China’s involvement in the Central Asia through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It analyzes China’s main aims, such as logistic, economic, and energy cooperation with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in the framework of BRI’s Silk Road Economic Belt. It also focuses on China’s cooperation with regional states under the auspice of BRI’s Digital Silk Road. It argues that Beijing with its Health Silk Road has secured the place of Chinese vaccines in the markets of all Central Asian states, which creates additional opportunities for Chinese medical production sector. This study claims that through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with other members China and Russia try to keep region secure and do not let fundamentalist Muslims take power in Central Asia. It also argues that through “China plus Central Asia” cooperation mechanism, China aims to develop its relations with Central Asian states in multilateral level without any other Great powers’ involvement, as it is in SCO. It concludes that China through its BRI has mostly kept its advancement in Central Asia in pre- and post-COVID-19 eras, although the outbreak made some problems for the trade.
Speaker: Dr. Mher Sahakyan AsiaGlobal Fellow of the Asia Global Institute of University of Hong Kong. Dr. Mher Sahakyan is an AsiaGlobal Fellow of the Asia Global Institute of University of Hong Kong. He is founder and director of the China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, in Yerevan, Armenia. His publications included China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Armenia (CECPSR 2019 ), which was shortlisted by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in Leiden, Netherlands, for its 2021 book prize. He is also author of “The New Great Power Competition in Central Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for the Gulf”, (Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, 2021), China and Eurasia: Rethinking Cooperation and Contradictions in the Era of Changing World Order (Routledge, 2021) and China and Eurasian Powers in Multipolar World Order: Security, Diplomacy, Economy and Cybersecurity (due to be published by Routledge in March 2023) . Moderator: Dr. June Wang Associate Professor City University of Hong Kong

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