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Americans Mobilize: Trump Must Join United States To The New Silk Road

August 28, 2017
President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit | July 8, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Helga Zepp-LaRouche said yesterday that Trump's supporters must mobilize for the President to bring America into the China-initiated Belt and Road Initiative of worldwide building of new infrastructure. The issue of that "win-win" initiative, and whether the United States joins in its worldwide projects and also builds its own new-technology infrastructure, is central to peace between the United States and Russia and China; to Trump's surviving the ongoing coup against him; and to the revival of the United States as an industrial power.

On Aug. 20 both China Daily and People's Daily ran major articles highlighting Lyndon and Helga LaRouche's role both in conceptualizing the New Silk Road or World Land-Bridge policy decades ago, and in bringing that policy to the United States and Europe as China adopted it. Their movement is the power to bring the Trump Presidency to it. Helga LaRouche said that movement must now mobilize Trump supporters to get Trump into the Belt and Road. British-driven efforts by Steven Bannon, for example, to poison Trump's base against the Belt and Road Initiative, have to be countered by this movement.

On Aug. 26, Helga LaRouche addressed a Manhattan conference on "Reviving Alexander Hamilton's American System through LaRouche's Four Laws," which itself brought together overlapping circles of Trump activists and Chinese-American activists, along with engineers and citizens organizing to rebuild the New York region's crumbling transportation system.

"Just think what enormous potential is opening up if the United States would cooperate with the Belt and Road Initiative," Helga told the conference. "This could rebuild its own middle-level industry. They could invest in all of the projects in Latin America, Africa, and along the Eurasian Land-Bridge. It would just completely change the situation and also rebuild the United States. You could have complete change in the United States. You could have 50 new cities. Why not build 50 new cities? Basically, between the coasts, there are many states which are completely thinly populated, almost no cities; you could connect those cities with those of the coasts with the fast train system, you could have science cities....

"I think it is really important to imagine a completely different system. If the United States would now do what Franklin D. Roosevelt did — a New Deal, Glass-Steagall, cooperate with China — the United States could experience an industrial revolution bigger than any time in its own history. People just have to imagine that we are right now at the end of a system, a system which cannot be saved. We need to replace it with a completely new system, and most people have just a hard time to imagine that, but there are examples of such changes. For example, the Marshall Plan in Europe was such an example, and the Meiji Restoration in Japan was such an example — what Roosevelt did with the New Deal; so people have to just think that such a dramatic change is absolutely possible today."

The real problems the President must deal with — whether the opiate addiction scourge, or now the worst Gulf storm ever to hit Texas, requiring many thousands of rescuers, widespread rebuilding of housing, infrastructure — demand the principle of the general welfare, the common good of humanity. Trump cannot do this on his own and under attack. Americans must mobilize so that "dramatic change is absolutely possible today."

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Peoples Daily Highlights LaRouche in Transaqua Coverage

In a long, Aug. 21 report on the newly increased prospects for the long-planned "Transaqua" great infrastructure project, to transform Lake Chad and sub-Saharan Africa, China's Peoples Daily highlighted the role of Lyndon LaRouche and his movement. It also placed this crucial water and power project in the context of China's Belt and Road Initiative, or "New Silk Road," in which Helga and Lyndon LaRouche's historic role was highlighted Aug. 20 by China Daily.

"Hopes have been revived for the 40 million people who depend on Lake Chad for their livelihoods," People's Daily wrote, "following the signing last June in Hangzhou, China, of a deal between Chinese construction giant, PowerChina, and the Italian firm, Bonifica Spa. However, the news was only made public at the beginning of this month.

"The agreement concerns the carrying out of feasibility studies on transferring 100 billion cubic metres of water per annum from River Congo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, to replenish the fast shrinking Lake Chad, a distance of 2,500 km. The project is also known as Transaqua. According to the website of Executive Intelligence Review, EIR magazine, the letter of intent was signed at a meeting between the executive of the two companies in the presence of the Italian Ambassador to China, Gabriele Menegatti."

Under the headline, "Role of LaRouche", China Daily said, "Thanks to the fight taken up by LaRouche organization over the years and the initiators of Transaqua, the project is today becoming reality within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. Executive Intelligence Review magazine and Schiller Institute in 2015 arranged the first meeting between LCBC [the Lake Chad Basin Commission—ed.] and the brains behind Transaqua. This was followed in December 2016 by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between LCBC and PowerChina, and subsequent contacts between Bonifica Spa and the Chinese company."

The paper also notes that "The Lake Chad Basin Commission resolved the issue of funding studies on water transfer by creating a new Silk Road to Lake Chad. PowerChina, one of the country's largest multinationals that built the Three Gorges dam, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LCBC last December."

Peoples Daily's article, by Kimeng Hilton Ndukong, is far too thoroughly illustrated and too extensive to review here; it presents the existential sub-Sahara problem of the 50-year shrinkage of Lake Chad in detail; its results in terms of economic destruction and the rise of terrorism in the region; and the extraordinary scope of the Transaqua project to transform the region. This is potentially one of Lyndon and Helga LaRouche's greatest works.



China Shaping Its Residents' Foreign Investment to Belt and Road

China's financial authorities are clearly combining their restrictions on the country's citizens' foreign investments in speculations abroad, with specific channels to direct them into physical economic progress through the Belt and Road Initiative. This process has been discussed by Chinese economists since the launching of the AIIB and Belt and Road, as the necessary orderly way to direct some of China's $9 trillion in savings abroad, under relaxation of capital controls, without large capital flight that would disrupt the international financial system.

The South China Morning Post on Aug. 16, and Reuters on Aug. 22, reported that the "big four" public commercial banks in China have begun raising special funds from Chinese citizens and companies, for Belt and Road investments abroad. China Construction Bank is raising a $15 billion fund; Bank of China a $3 billion fund. This is "part of a broader central bank push to invest yuan overseas." Behind some false claims in this article, the reality is clearly that the People's Bank of China is curbing investment overseas in gambling, real estate, sports and entertainment ventures, etc.; and encouraging overseas investment in BRI. The big four commercial banks are forming the means to do this. PBOC has reportedly asked the banks to target a goal of 300 billion yuan (ca. $50 billion) in BRI funds. This will also increase use of yuan in global trade.

Thompson Reuters data showed that Belt and Road country investment in projects from China was $33 billion in 2017 through July, going at a $60 billion annual rate, compared to $31 billion in 2016 overall. This does not include commitments, but invested funds.

These new funds are also open to American or other foreign investors and corporations.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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