The main interest and attention of CGTN’s social media pages come from Azerbaijani and Armenian audiences. The news portal of CGTN, one of the six international channels of China Global Television Network, is part of the Central Propaganda Department of the CCP. The channel, which broadcasts 24 hours a day in five global languages (Arabic, English, Russian, Spanish and French), for now, does not broadcast in the South Caucasus, it has been learnt.
Several Azerbaijani students have been able to study at various universities in China with the help of fully or partially funded scholarship programs offered by different institutions. Confucius Institutes are playing a role in this.
In addition to the Confucius Institutes, the Chinese Embassy in Azerbaijan is also actively working to promote Chinese culture among students. Chinese Culture Rooms have been established in middle schools in Azerbaijan.
In Georgia, under the agreement signed with China in 2019, middle school students in Georgia are offered Chinese-language classes in addition to other foreign languages in compliance with national curriculum standards. Additionally, the Chinese-Armenian Friendship School, built in Yerevan with financial support from China (12 million US dollars), is another joint humanitarian project of the Beijing, it has been learnt.
Reportedly, more than 400 Armenian students have had the opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture beginning in fifth grade at this school. The number of students currently learning Chinese in Armenia is over 1,000.Along with the Confucius Institutes, the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has also been expanding its activities in the education systems of South Caucasus in recent years. Under the short-term training program called “Seeds for the Future,” sponsored by Huawei to promote the training of local professional IT specialists, foreign students are provided with the opportunity to gain experience by participating in two-week internships at the company’s summer training camps in China.Azerbaijan and Armenia have participated in the global project, which attracts students with technical expertise from various regions of the world, every year since its beginning. Within the framework of the “Seeds for the Future” project, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Huawei, private and state higher education institutions, such as the Azerbaijan Technical University, Nakhchivan University, Nakhchivan State University, and Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University, have established cooperation agreements.
IT centers established by Huawei operate in local educational institutions, such as Baku Higher Oil School, Baku State Vocational Education Center for Industry and Innovation, Baku Engineering University, ADA University, and Nakhchivan University.
In the past two years, students from Yerevan State University and Yerevan National Polytechnic University have also participated in this project from Armenia.
In the region Armenia receives the most humanitarian aid from China. In the context of international technical and economic cooperation agreements, in addition to providing economic aid worth millions of US dollars to Armenia, China has also donated technical equipment for use in the country’s public transportation and healthcare sectors.
Within the framework of technical assistance initiatives, projects such as the supply of public vehicles and emergency medical vehicles, customs management, technology, and equipment modernization have been implemented, it has been learnt. It is worth noting that the second largest Chinese embassy in the post-Soviet space is also located in Armenia.