ArmInfo. Today, Armenia is of certain interest to China in a number of sectors. Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Academician Ruben Safrastyan expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.
"Firstly, China's strategy to recreate the Great Silk Road should be taken into account. Armenia is on this road. In this light, Beijing's strategic interest in the possible use of the territory of Armenia to access the Black Sea through the countries of Central Asia, Iran and Georgia is evident. This is one of the routes of the Great Silk Road and China is striving to make Armenia a part of this large-scale project. It's not without reason that, as far as I understand, the Chinese are building roads in Armenia quite intensively today, " he said.
On the other hand, in addition to economic interest, Armenia, according to the academician, is of civilizational interest for China. Following the results of numerous meetings in China with senior management, academia, various sectors of society, the orientalist notes that the Chinese have an interest in Armenia as one of the oldest world civilizations.
"And this dialogue of ancient civilizations for the Chinese matters as for representatives of ancient civilization. Armenia is a small country compared to China, but the Chinese, unlike the Americans, attach importance to the civilizational dialogue. And, based on my personal experience, the director of the Institute Oriental studies, I should note a noticeable increase in the interest of Chinese colleagues in cooperation with our institute, "he said.
Safrastyan estimates the scientific relations of the Institute of Oriental Studies with Chinese with colleagues from significant, rather important research centers under the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Institute in the system of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as very good and established. According to him, Armenian and Chinese scientists often visit each other, there is an intensive exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East, the South Caucasus region, and in the world as a whole.
"Of course, the interest of Chinese scientific circles in our institute is largely explained by the fact that China has very few specialists in the Middle East. The Chinese are well aware that our institute is traditionally a fairly strong center of oriental studies. That is why they are very interested in our assessments. China proceeding from the significance of the Middle East, conducts quite an active policy in the region today. And the Chinese are interested in our assessment of the situation in the region where Armenians have lived for millennia, "he stressed.
In this light, the orientalist emphasized the fact of the formation of a very strong Turkic school at the Institute of Oriental Studies for many years. According to him, the study of the politics of modern Turkey, in particular, in the Middle East, at the Institute is at a high level. According to his estimates China is quite interested in the Middle East policy of Turkey, which has been quite unpredictable and adventurous recently.