I found myself back on the New Silk Road in Ukraine. After a diversion up through the Baltic states I’m back to work.
I met with the Center for Contemporary China on Friday and then on Monday and Tuesday I was at two forums devoted to discussing and promoting Ukraine’s position on the New Silk Road.
It’s an interesting situation in Europe regarding Silk Road participation. Whereas in Asia, many of China’s joint ventures, projects, etc were the result of top-down governmental fiat, while in Europe they are coming from bottom-up pushes from the local business communities and upstarts involved in relevant government ministries saying “You have to do this, we can’t let this opportunity pass.”