Zepp-LaRouche Outlines Strategic Situation to Silk Road Conference in Yiwu, China

June 20, 2015

Speaking at the Silk Road Economic Belt Cities International Forum in Yiwu, China, this week, Helga Zepp-LaRouche brought to the audience of several hundred foreign and Chinese guests the reality of the strategic situation facing the world. While the enthusiasm around the “One Belt, One Road” perspective was great, there was still a lack of understanding regarding the threat of the strategic situation, which is capable of totally torpedoing this project. The Forum was organized by the Renmin University's Chongyang Institute of Financial Studies, (Global Times) and the Yiwu City People's Government. The Forum was attended by leading Chinese scholars, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress, several ex-heads of state and numerous diplomats from many countries in the world along the Belt and Road as well as beyond.

Zepp-LaRouche had been asked to give her comments at a major forum on the European reaction to the “One Belt, One Road” project. She was introduced as the person who had first brought the idea of the Silk Road Belt into Europe. She began her comments by pointing to the danger of a financial collapse if the Troika forces a Greek state insolvency and an exit from the EU, pointing in particular to the trillions of dollars of derivatives linked to the debt.

“A chaotic collapse can be prevented only if the EU and European nations agree to convene a European debt conference in the tradition of the 1953 Debt Conference for Germany which laid the basis for the German miracle of the postwar period,” Zepp-LaRouche said.

She underlined the alternative policies associated with Alexander Hamilton, which had been implemented in the creation of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and the industrial banking tradition of Hermann Abs and Alfred Herrhausen for reconstructing the Germany economy.

She pointed to the essential role of Germany in any revival of the European economy and underlined the tremendous damage which had been done to the German economy by the sanctions imposed on Russia under U.S. fiat. She noted that there were important forces in Germany, including two former prime ministers who were opposing the disastrous measures taken at the last G7 meeting. “Some of these leaders realize that the German economy itself is as much the target of the geopolitical confrontation against Russia and are looking for a way to overcome this dilemma,” she said.

Zepp-LaRouche urged the upcoming summit of the European Fund for Strategic Investment, which will be attended by China's Premier Li Keqiang, become a venue for co-financing the New Silk Road. She underlined the notion of infrastructural investment corridors as the focus of the new transportation grids being built in order to raise the productivity and the living standards of the peoples along the Road and Belt, pointing to the Ruhr region and high-tech industrial centers like Baden-Württemberg and Rhein-Main as examples of what can be developed along the route. She referred to the work done by the Schiller Institute and EIR in developing this concept with a graphic of the front page of the latest EIR report "The New Silk Road becomes the World Land-Bridge." Zepp-LaRouche ended her speech with a quote from Gottfried Leibniz' Novissima Sinica where Leibniz speaks about the two poles of the Eurasian continent which must join hands, which would allow every country and every region in between to be uplifted.

The reaction was electrifying, both among her fellow panelists, who were from Kazakhstan, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, and China as well as from the audience. During the Q&A there was a discussion of the need for a new financial architecture, with Zepp-LaRouche underlining the strategic importance of the new principles of finance underlying the AIIB and the BRICS New Development Bank. Many people came up to Zepp-LaRouche after her presentation to talk with her and to examine the report.

On the first day of the conference, there had also been a panel with EIR Washington correspondent Bill Jones on the Belt and Road and the New Shape of International Trade, where Jones underlined  the unique importance of the Belt and Road at the present moment in history as a way of overcoming the present financial and strategic crisis engulfing Europe and the United States, and the need for overcoming the present geopolitical sabotage  of the Obama Administration in order to  bring the United States into a positive collaborative relationship with China around the Belt and Road and working for the common aims of mankind. Some of the Chinese scholars expressed pessimism that the U.S. policy  would change, which gave Jones the opening for really explaining the disaster occurring in the United States and the underlying economic need for a new direction in the U.S. Later in the day at a third panel, the CFR's Ariella Viehe would give a  lame-brained argument that the U.S. really had a “New Silk Road policy” and that this policy would be complementary to China's Belt and Road. During the discussion in the CFR panel, the Schiller delegation had the opportunity to expose the totally political nature of Obama's “trade initiative” and its failure to even pass the hurdle of the United States Congress. This also led to a discussion about the need for a new model of trade relations based on 'fair' rather than 'free' trade.

Both Zepp-LaRouche and Jones were interviewed by the local Yiwu TV channel, with portions of the interview reportedly taken up by CCTV nationally, which broadcasts to over 100 million people.



Tsipras in St. Petersburg: 'A New Economic World Is Being Formed'

Addressing the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called on Europe to recognize that the center of gravity has decisively shifted from Europe to the BRICS and allied countries.  The few quotes that are now available from TASS, Britain's Guardian, and other media indicate that Tsipras's address must have been a bombshell.

"Why am I here, not in Brussels? I am here because I believe (Russia) has a big role to play," Tsipras said in a speech that for sure will enrage his European "partners."   "The world is different from what it used to be in the past. We, in Europe, have for long had an illusion that we are the hub of the universe in the literal sense; we considered ourselves to be the world center and continued to see and count exclusively on our nearest immediate entourage....

"Nevertheless, the planet's economic center has already shifted from that place because newly emerging forces are coming to play a more vital role at the economic and geopolitical levels." Noting that Russia's global role was growing, he continued, "The G8 group and the growing significance of regional cooperation in Asia and G20; as well as increased cooperation among the BRICS countries indicate that a new economic world is being formed," Tsipras said.

"The Eurasian Union, a new organization of regional integration, is a potential example of new sources for the production of wealth, benefits and economic might," the Greek prime minister went on to say.

He called on the necessity to take on the challenge of fighting poverty, unemployment, and marginalization of various social groups that continue to exist.

"It should be taken into account that the center of gravity of global economic development is shifting, and all global challenges should be accepted with a glance to this fact. Consequently, the process of economic development will get faster," Tsipras said.

The most urgent question for the Western world he said, according to TASS, should be whether it will be able to respond to contemporary challenges by spanning bridges of cooperation with the developing world or will the West remain committed to the old dogmas and will continue building walls around itself?

Tsipras described the Ukraine crisis as a new wound of instability in the heart of Europe. In his view, it is a bad sign for international relations.

"Instead of prosperity and economic cooperation, processes that are leading to war, militarization and imposition of sanctions have started in the region. It is a vicious circle, which should be broken as soon as possible," Tsipras said, calling for implementation of the Minsk agreements for the Ukraine settlement.

"As all of you are aware, we are at the moment at the center of a storm of a whirlpool, but we live near the sea so we're not scared of the sea. We are ready to go to new seas to reach new safe ports....

"The problem we are facing is deeply rooted in the process I have described. The EU should pursue its own path. The EU should go back to its initial principles of solidarity and social justice. Ensuring strict economic measures will lead us nowhere. The so-called problem of Greece is the problem of the whole European Union. With an obsession to policies of austerity that intensifies the recession, this is impossible. The problem does not bear the name Greece but Eurozone. The issue is whether the Eurozone will give ground to growth and to solidarity....

"The crisis in Ukraine has opened a new wound in the heart of Europe, a wound of instability. This is of course a very bad sign for international relations because instead of prosperity and economic cooperation in the region, we see processes leading to war, militarization, and the implementation of sanctions beginning and this vicious circle needs to end as soon as possible."

Tsipras also said that Greece continues to be a pillar of stability and safety and seeks to become a cooperation bridge and hub of trade, cultural and financial exchanges on the crossroads of three continents. We will seek to become a cooperation bridge with traditional friends as Russia, and to develop cooperation with new friends.