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Since the 2014 Maidan Revolution and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States and its partners have provided billions of dollars of financial aid to Ukraine. But Ukraine doesn’t need more money from the United States. It’s a wealthy country. What Ukraine needs is America’s assistance in unleashing its own natural wealth, much of which is currently locked up in the country’s land.

自2014年独立广场革命和俄罗斯入侵乌克兰以来,美国及其伙伴向乌克兰提供了数十亿美元的财政援助,但乌克兰不需要美国提供更多资金,这是一个资源丰富的国家,乌克兰需要的是美国帮助它释放自己的自然财富,其中大部分目前锁定在这个国家的土地上。



Once its potential is unleashed, Ukraine could become an agricultural superpower and a partner for the United States in ensuring global food security, while simultaneously earning Ukraine massive export revenues, creating new jobs, and attracting large amounts of foreign investment.

一旦潜力得到释放,乌克兰将成为一个农业超级大国,并成为美国在确保全球粮食安全方面的合作伙伴,同时为乌克兰创造大量出口收入,创造新的就业机会,并吸引大量外国投资。

All of this potential raises the question: Why hasn’t Ukraine unleashed its agricultural potential, and why should the Trump administration act now to support land reform in Ukraine?

所有这些潜在的可能性都引出了一个问题:为什么乌克兰没有释放其农业潜力,为什么特朗普政府现在就应该采取行动支持乌克兰的土地改革?

Eighteen years ago, the pro-Communist majority in Ukraine imposed a moratorium on the sale of land, which allowed farmers to rent land, but not buy it. The Communist majority in the Ukrainian parliament is long gone, but populist forces that serve the interests of Ukrainian agro-oligarchs, along with lawmakers who act as proxies on behalf of Moscow preventing Ukraine from becoming a successful country, without fail extend this moratorium every year. Their main argument revolves around the false narrative that if the moratorium were lifted, rich and predatory foreigners—whether Chinese, Arabs, or Americans—would buy up all of Ukraine’s land, leaving Ukrainian farmers dependent on the charity of foreigners to make a living and feed their families.

18年前,乌克兰的多数派暂停出售土地,允许农民租用土地,但不能购买,但为乌克兰农业寡头利益服务的民粹主义势力,以及代表莫斯科充当俄罗斯代理人的议员,无一例外地每年延长这一暂停期。
他们的主要论点围绕着这样一个错误的说法:如果禁令取消,富有而且掠夺成性的外国人——不管是中国人、阿拉伯人还是美国人——会买下乌克兰所有的土地,让乌克兰农民只能依赖外国人的慈善机构来谋生和养家糊口。



Ukraine’s new leadership is likely to face tremendous pressure from pro-Russian opponents of reform. It is time for the Trump administration to make American support for land reform a key component of its Ukraine policy, working to counterbalance the impact of Russia’s propaganda machine while also advancing U.S. national security and development goals. Ukraine doesn’t need money from the United States. What it needs is America’s guidance, leadership, and counsel to make the country a more prosperous and self-reliant ally.

乌克兰新领导层可能面临亲俄改革派的巨大压力,特朗普政府现在应该把美国对土地改革的支持作为其乌克兰政策的一个关键组成部分,努力平衡俄罗斯宣传机器的影响,同时推进美国的国家安全和发展目标。
乌克兰不需要美国的钱,它需要的是美国的引导、领导和建议,以使这个国家成为一个更加繁荣和自力更生的盟友。