China's ambitious Silk Road project, underway since 2013, aims to upgrade infrastructure to promote increased economic activity in a zone stretching from Australia to Amsterdam encompassing 65 countries with over 4.4 billion people, almost two-thirds of world’s population. With many of the world’s economies in an austerity chokehold, can this project lift the world out of an economic stagnation? Michael Bucher examines the circumstances now at play in this complex situation.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Michael Bucher pursued a career in the arts, culminating in a business importing from artisans in Mexico, India, and Indonesia and manufacturing jewelry in factories in Thailand and China. Michael is currently a free-lance researcher/writer for Shanghai Business Review, writing on topics in business, trade, and international relations relating to China.