29. Agency Tria Robit, Take the New Silk Road.

Today the road runs through Latvia, a land by the Baltic Sea. Here the interests of Great Powers have intersected over the centuries. But now, disproving Kipling’s claim, East and West do meet here, yet still keeping their old selves. Multilingual and multireligious yet moderate, tranquil yet tuned in, resilient yet resistant, warm though at times quite cool. Like silk. Latvia offers a cordial environment for East and West to meet. Like its predecessor, the New Silk Road promotes cultural and technological exchange between East and West. But this New Silk Road, like that of old, is not free of dangers. Danger still exists – though metaphorically – of a fatal fall in a mountain chasm, or of hitting a rock or meeting pirates at sea.


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