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Xi at Davos: Do Not Be Afraid of Exploring a New World

January 18, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin with President of China Xi Jinping in a July 2015 meeting. [en.kremlin.ru]

With the eyes of the world on him, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the keynote address to the Davos World Economic Forum on Jan. 17, laying out what his Foreign Ministry described as "a blueprint for the future progress of human society."

Xi said that the world financial crisis has been caused by "finance capital taking out excessive profits and by the failure of financial regulation to deal with it," and that there are growing international calls for fundamental reform. He presented China's Belt and Road Initiative as an open offer to all nations, because "development is of the people, by the people and for the people," and is based on increasing productivity based on the development of science and technology. And he emphasized that the history of man "tells us that problems should not be feared, but have to be faced... If one is afraid of the storm and exploring a new world, they will get drowned in the ocean sooner or later."

The utter intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the dying old paradigm was well reflected by one befuddled Establishment participant in Davos, Moises Naim of the Carnegie Institute, who could only sputter: "There is a consensus that something huge is going on, global and in many respects unprecedented, But we don't know what the causes are, nor how to deal with it."

But Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin do, as do Lyndon LaRouche and those Americans wise enough to be guided by his scientific and strategic thinking. Will that include the next President of the United States, Donald Trump?

As Putin told a press conference in Moscow, even as Xi was speaking in Davos: "I don't know Mr. Trump... I don't know what he will do in the international arena, so I have no reason either to attack him, criticize him, or defend him." What is clear, he continued, is that there is "a 'Maidan' in Washington not to let Trump assume office... [and] to tie the hands and legs of the newly-elected president related to the implementation of his pre-election campaign's promises to the American people and the international community." As for those who leaked the lying dossier, "they are worse than prostitutes, they have no moral limits," Putin stated with precision.

The stakes are epochal, as Helga Zepp-LaRouche emphasized in a strategic evaluation to be published in the upcoming issue of EIR:

"The unprecedented hysteria of the mainstream media and the neocons on both sides of the Atlantic over the election of Donald Trump is material for a first-class object lesson on the real dynamic now unfolding on the global strategic stage. It makes crystal clear, even for the most naive adherent of political correctness, that what is happening has nothing to do with the interests of one party, or one state, against another. It has to do with the methods used by a collapsing empire against the emergence of a new paradigm, the precise content of which has not yet been clearly defined, but which nonetheless represents the rejection of the system of globalization...

"And now we have in Trump someone who has won the U.S. election and who, as Obama said of Putin, does not belong to 'the team'; agrees with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and an array of conservative military figures that that these regime-change wars must be stopped; and even, as the ultimate desecration of taboos, wants to re-establish normal relations with Russia!...

"This empire is something other than the nations of the United States and Great Britain. It is the oligarchical forces exerting their power through the trans-Atlantic neoliberal financial system and the military defense of the unipolar world order, and they don't care a whit about the general welfare of the populations in whose nations they happen to live. A global revolution is underway against this empire, which found expression in the Brexit, just as it did in Trump's victory and the 'no' to Renzi's referendum in Italy...

"Meanwhile, the new paradigm is developing in the form of a new world economic order, in which the BRICS countries and China's New Silk Road policy are offering win-win cooperation to all of the world's nations, in which all can only gain through the benefit of all--each through 'the advantage of the other.' If Trump succeeds in working with this new combination--which will only become clear after he is in office--it could mean a new era for mankind, in which sovereign nations work together for the future of mankind as a community of common destiny, and the era of empires is finally buried."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Xi at Davos Places Development at Center of Global Governance

In a wide-ranging speech opening up the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a reform of the system of global governance, in what might be labeled “globalization with Chinese characteristics.” Warning of the dangers of a retreat into a defensive protectionism in the face of the financial storms, he said, would be like locking yourself in a dark room, where you will be protected from the rain outside, but will also lack light and air to breathe.

At the same time, he decried the failures of the present global system, the growing inequality, growing poverty and unemployment.  And yet, “the history of man tells us,” Xi said, “that problems should not be feared, but have to be faced. We have to meet the challenges and chart the right course for economic globalization... If one is afraid of the storm and exploring a new world, they will get drowned in the ocean sooner or later.” Referring to China's own experience, he said “We have had our share of choking in the water and our share of whirlpools,” but “the global economy is a big ocean and you can't escape from it, nor can you retreat from it.” Xi also warned against a trade war, saying that “no one will emerge a winner in a trade war.”

Speaking of the world financial crisis, Xi said that this was not caused by “globalization,” but rather by “finance capital taking out excessive profits and by the failure of financial regulation to deal with it.” While globalization has created significant problems, the mechanism for resolving these problems has failed.

“Inadequate global governance makes it difficult to deal with these problems,” Xi said. “There is a resounding call from the international community for a reform of the system of global governance which is now a pressing task,” Xi said. “And all countries are equal members of the international community and deserve to be heard.” Furthermore, he went on, “Global connectivity must be developed in order for all to reach prosperity.” The center of this “globalization” is development, and development is based on increasing productivity based on the development of science and technology, Xi said. “This is a product of all of us and not the product of one individual individual alone,” Xi said. Quoting Lincoln (and Sun Yatsen, without mentioning either), Xi said “Development is of the people, by the people and for the people.”

The world community has to develop a “dynamic innovation-driven growth model,” he said. Only through innovation and reform can we deal with the sluggish economy. Secondly, “we should develop an open and interconnected approach to a development of open and win-win cooperation.” And thirdly, “it is crucial to have a sound development philosophy and model,” that is “balanced, equitable, and inclusive.” “Priority should be given to reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality,” Xi said.

Xi assured his listeners that China would stay the course, maintain a solid growth rate, continue its structural reform and opening up, and play a greater role in sharing its growth with others. Xi pointed to the Hangzhou G-20 Summit, which placed innovation in the center of economic development, and to the Belt and Road Initiative, which will hold a major summit in May in China. “If we continue to build a community of a shared future for mankind,” Xi said, “we can create a better world.”


Putin Denounces Campaign Against Trump as a "Maidan," Calls Leakers "Worse than Prostitutes"

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday told a Moscow press conference that some in Washington "now are ready to organize a 'Maidan' in Washington not to let Trump assume office," and that Trump's political enemies who leaked the phony dossier are "worse than prostitutes." Fox News commented that Putin's remarks had "one-upped even some of the president-elect's colorful Twitter commentary."

According to accounts in the Russian media, including Sputnik, Putin analyzed the exceptional dirty tricks campaign against Trump: "In my opinion, there are several goals; some are obvious. The first is to undermine the legitimacy of the elected president of the United States. Incidentally, in this connection I would like to note that — whether people who do it want it or not — they greatly damage U.S. interests. It seems that they trained for this in Kiev, and now are ready to organize a 'Maidan' in Washington not to let Trump assume office. The second goal is to tie the hands and legs of the newly-elected president related to the implementation of his pre-election campaign's promises to the American people and the international community."

Putin then took up the issue of the phony dossiers and the charges that Kremlin spy agencies were blackmailing Trump: "These claims are an obvious fake. Trump, when he came to Moscow a few years ago, was not a politician. We did not even know about his political ambitions; he was just a businessman, one of the richest men in America. Is someone really thinking that our intelligence agencies are chasing every American billionaire, or what? Of course not! It's just a complete nonsense."

Taking off the gloves, Putin continued: "Prostitution is an ugly social phenomenon... But people who order such fakes which are now used against the elected president of the United States, fabricate information and use it in the political struggle, they are worse than prostitutes, they have no moral limits."

Putin then commented on Trump and Obama: "I don't know Mr. Trump; I have never met him, I don't know what he will do in the international arena, so I have no reason either to attack him, criticize him, or defend him." Sputnik continues: "Putin noted that there is a category of people who leave without saying goodbye, 'out of respect for the present situation,' while others say goodbye all the time, but do not go away. “The outgoing administration, in my opinion, belongs to the second category,” he concluded."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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