Cover Osteuropa 7/2018

In Osteuropa 7/2018

Ambitions, conditions, restrictions
Georgia on the New Silk Road

Franziska Smolnik

Deutsche Fassung


In Georgia, China is rapidly gaining in importance. Trade has risen and China is a major investor in Georgia. Georgia’s government aims to use Beijing’s vision of establishing a New Silk Road to make the country a part of the southern Eurasian corridor. In 2017, Georgia signed a free trade agreement with China. A new infrastructure, including ports and railway lines, is intended to facilitate the transit of goods. Wheter this hope fulfils remains open. The political consequences of China’s engagement in Georgia are unknown, too. Georgia’s government holds, that western integration and intensive trade with the East are compatible goals.

(Osteuropa 7/2018, pp. 121–140)