Other Georgian products for the Chinese market are hazelnuts, honey, beer, mineral water, soft drinks, tea, medical and agricultural products and much more. Years ago, caravans loaded with silk and spices traveled from China to Europe and the British Isles. The New Silk Road – by highways, railways and air – the modern equivalent of silk and spices – energy, natural resources and industrial goods – will cross Georgia, thus recreating its strategic importance as a transport node in the region and transit corridor between Europe and Asia. “Georgia is a small and open economy. We know that China is a country where our exports are growing rapidly,” Georgian government representative Giorgi Gakharia said as early as May, when the countries signed the document.