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Ukraine Economic Forum And Silk Road Conference

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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.”

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Filed under: New Silk Road, Travel Diary, Ukraine

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 78 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3066 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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