Replace the British Empire's Geopolitics with the New Silk Road: Helga Zepp-LaRouche Webcast
Last week, the Schiller Institute inaugurated a weekly webcast, to bring to the attention of citizens throughout the world the incredible new dynamic which has been unleashed around China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is defining a New Paradigm for mankind, which means an end to geopolitics, with its endless wars, its bailouts and bail-ins of bankrupt financial institutions, and its demands for deadly austerity against the vast majority of people. This dynamic, which Mrs. LaRouche characterized as the “Spirit of the Silk Road” represents an opportunity for mankind to achieve a new era of peace, through development.
In less than a month, President Trump will travel to Asia, with visits to China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. His meeting with President Xi Jinping has the potential to be world historic, building on the positive rapport between the two from their initial meeting in April in Mar-e-Lago.
The forces of the neocon transatlantic oligarchy are engaged in a desperate deployment to prevent this relationship from developing into full collaboration. That is what is behind the “Get Trump” operation and why it must not be allowed to succeed.
For the US and European nations to join the New Silk Road is the only way to escape a new financial crash, which even outgoing German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is warning about.
HARLEY SCHLANGER: Hello, I'm Harley Schlanger from the Schiller Institute, and I'd like to welcome you to our weekly webcast with Helga Zepp-LaRouche, who's the founder and chairwoman of the Schiller Institute.
Helga is known around the world as the "Silk Road Lady," for the work that she's done in presenting the ideas of the Silk Road, and developing it to the reality today of the Global Land-Bridge.
In less than a month, Donald Trump, President of the United States, will be making a trip to Asia, which will include stops in many countries, but none as important as his visit to China. It's hoped that he'll be able to build on the personal rapport he's developed with Xi Jinping over the many months since the first meeting they had in Mar-a-Lago, because there's quite a bit at stake with this.
And to get a picture of this unfolding dynamic let me welcome Helga, to speak to you.
HELGA ZEPP-LAROUCHE: Hello. As a matter of fact, this coming trip of President Trump to Asia will be extremely important, because this trip occurs in the context of a very, very dramatic strategic situation. We have all signs that a new financial crash is in the workings, and we can talk about that in a little while; and there is an alternative already in existence, which is the incredibly dynamic Belt and Road Initiative, which has been initiated by China four years ago.
And as we already made the point before the first summit between President Xi and President Trump in April, that the best way to solve the strategic situation is if we could get the United States and China to work together in the Belt and Road Initiative. That would mean Chinese investments in infrastructure in the United States, which is starting, slowly. There is the very good news that there is a new task force, which has been formed in San Francisco, California, which is supposed to make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in infrastructure in the United States. And there is a bidding going on where Chinese railway companies are trying to win the bid, to build fast train systems in California. So there are promising signs.
But given the enormous destruction of the infrastructure, both through attrition, because all of this infrastructure in the United States, much of it is more than 100 years old, so it's decrepit already all by itself; but then you had the hurricanes, Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and now you have the wildfires in California. So there is a gigantic requirement, and we want China to invest in infrastructure in the United States, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
And on the other side, we want American firms to be involved in the many, many projects of the Belt and Road Initiative, in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America. So that must somehow more at the top of the agenda.
And we are right now mobilizing, mostly in the United States but also elsewhere, that when President Trump makes this long-awaited and extremely important strategic trip, a state visit to China in the context of his Asia tour, we would wish very much that the Belt and Road Initiative is formalized. I think there are absolute potentials that this could occur. If it occurs, we really are over the hump of the danger of war: That is my deepest belief. Because the "win-win cooperation" of the New Silk Road offers a new model, not only of relations among nations in general, but especially one big component has been the proposal by China to set up a new model of major-power relations. And if there would be such a transformation, I think the world would really enter a new era of cooperation in mutual benefit to end geopolitical games, to end for sure the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations of interventionist wars for regime-change, of color revolution, and you would replace that with a system of sovereign nations working together for their mutual benefit.
If we can all work together to accomplish that, and I appeal to all listeners and viewers of this program to help us, because the mainstream media are still not reporting the extraordinary importance of this new dynamic, and therefore, it is not generally known well enough, but I think this must be changed in the next three weeks: So I'm really asking all of you to help to spread the message.
SCHLANGER: Helga, when you talk about this new dynamic, in addition to the relationship with China, we've also seen developments between China and Japan, the role of South Korea, the Russians are involved in this, and it's clear that this is what's being targetted by the attacks on President Trump. But I'd like you to say something about the broader relations that are developing around the Belt and Road, and the implications of that with this trip coming up.
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: I think there is a strategic realignment going on. I actually would like to talk about the battle inside the United States first, because there is right now, as you say, an attempt to prevent Trump from having a positive relationship with China and with Russia. Now the famous Russia-gate is about to be put where it should have been from the beginning, in the trash can — namely, there is no evidence. There was a statement by Senator Burr and one other Senator, who said that they investigated all the accusations about "collusion" between the Trump administration and Russia, and they could find nothing, but, there is still reason, they say, to assume that there is Russian collusion, because the intelligence community or the intelligence agencies are saying so.
Now, this is an incredible story, and we have produced a dossier about who is the apparatus behind the effort to impeach Trump or have a coup against Trump: Namely, it is all centered around Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And this dossier is an absolute bombshell, because it establishes without any doubt that the same people and the same apparatus which went after my husband, Lyndon LaRouche, in the '80s, and afterward, is the same apparatus which covered up the Saudi role in 9/11, and which is now organizing, with the British intelligence, to set up a fake story against President Trump.
Now, this is a huge battle. There is some fight: For example, Senator Grassley and Congressman Nunes [Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence], both in their respective committees, pointed to the fact that there is collusion — yes, but not with the Russians, but with British intelligence. Senator Grassley made a big point that the so-called evidence of Comey and Mueller about Russian cooperation, is actually centered around this firm Fusion GPS, which hired the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who produced this infamous so-called "dodgy dossier" about Trump. Now, Senator Grassley made the point that the FBI was not investigating this on their own, but they took material from British intelligence as evidence.
So this is an unbelievable story, and it is at this point, very unclear which side will come out on top. But it is the opposite from the way it is being portrayed: Namely, it is those people who are going after Trump who are the ones who should be investigated, and if they are found guilty, be put on trial. So that is really what is going on, and the aim is to make with Trump, like you remember this picture in Gulliver's Travels where Gulliver was tied down by so many little ropes that he couldn't move. And obviously, the whole idea of the campaign against Trump is that he is so busy defending himself, that he doesn't get to his actual agenda.
This is the battle on which the existence of the United States depends, and by implication the rest of the world, given the strategic importance of the United States.
SCHLANGER: And the dossier that we produced, which is in the Executive Intelligence Review, "Robert Mueller Is An Amoral Legal Assassin," has now been distributed to the entire Congress. And Mueller is actually demonstrating precisely what we said about him in that, in that he is meeting — supposedly, either personally or through his staff — with Christopher Steele, the MI6 or the ex-MI6 operative, who drafted this dossier, which was the excuse for Comey, and Clapper and Brennan to come together and create the "Get Trump Task Force" during the election last year. So the fact that Nunes is bringing this to the fore, that Grassley is bringing it up, gets to the point that we've been insisting on, which is that you have to go at the British origins of the attacks on Trump. And then that brings us right back to this whole question, of what are they trying to stop Trump from doing? Are they really afraid that Putin won the election for Trump? That Putin controls the American voters? I mean, it's an absurd story!
What you've been emphasizing, and I'd like to come back to this, now, is that their fear is that the whole financial system, which is terribly fragile, depends on keeping the existing status quo of bail-outs and wars, and that if Trump does anything to disrupt that, this establishment is finished.
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: Yes. There are actually many warnings. It's almost amusing: One comes from nobody else than the outgoing German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who said, there is a real danger of a new financial crisis, because the central banks were pumping so much money. Now, if I know of any man who is as responsible as maybe Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank (ECB) of pumping money, then it is Schäuble: Schäuble has imposed the most vicious austerity policy on countries like Greece, and Italy, and Spain, he is now blaming the central banks, and he's going out of his office as Finance Minister — maybe because he doesn't want to be on the ship when the Titanic is sinking. So I would find this rather amusing, if it would not have such horrible implications if it would happen without Glass-Steagall and the Four Laws of Lyndon LaRouche.
Now, the IMF also is warning that the indebtedness of governments, of firms, and individuals is on the same level as it was shortly before the crisis started in 2007. So there is clearly a reason why we must urgently move to Glass-Steagall, separation of the banks, establish new credit financial institutions, a national bank, basically to — I'll make it brief — create something like the AIIB which was created by China and has now been joined by over 80 nations; but to have similar credit institutions based on Hamiltonian economics, for project financing in the United States and in Europe.
That reform is super-urgent, but if the United States [reinstates the Glass-Steagall Act], and if even some European countries, like in Italy, you have several bills to this effect in the two houses of the parliament, then Europe and the United States could very quickly cooperate with the Belt and Road Initiative. So it is feasible, but it requires a tremendous political mobilization to get it done.
SCHLANGER: And Helga, the people who are trying to stop this change from occurring, have been emphasizing, putting out reports all the time, that China is creating inflation, it's creating debt that it's not going to work. And yet, there's now growing recognition that in fact, what China is doing, is the only thing that will work, isn't there?
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: Oh yes! There is an unbelievable dispute. I think that the main politicians, and even mainstream media that have been trying to make the world go away for four years, by not reporting about the Belt and Road Initiative, now realize they can't suppress it. So what you have in the last days, almost, is a flood of articles, attacking China, China's "power dreams," China's taking over, the need to block China, — just an unbelievable barrage. But you have also, from quite amazing places, the coming recognition, that it's completely stupid, that you cannot stop it, it's a dynamic which has developed such a power that it is taking over. And you have for example, very interestingly, the CEO of Caterpillar, whose name is Jim Umpleby, who gave a very interesting interview to China Daily, saying that Caterpillar is enthusiastic about the Belt and Road Initiative, because Chinese customers are using Caterpillar machinery for road construction, for infrastructure, for power grids, for all kinds of things in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, and that they are absolutely onboard and enthusiastic. And that view, that it brings enormous benefits for firms in the West to cooperate with China in all of these projects, is growing.
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown recently said the Belt and Road Initiative is something which is incredibly big; the West has not yet understood the significance of it, and that is absolutely the case.
But I think even more importantly, you have an enormous amount of conferences going on, an enormous number of countries speaking about why the Belt and Road Initiative is so advantageous for them. I'll just give you a couple of examples: There was one conference in Poland, between the Central and Eastern European nations [cee] and China, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in this context, published a 60-page report about the significance of the Belt and Road Initiative for the Western Balkans.
Now, in the Western Balkans, the Serbians, who also are completely happy with the New Silk Road, because China is investing not only in the railroad between Budapest and Belgrade, but now the Serbians are continuing that line all the way to the Greek ports, and they are getting something which the EU discussed already in '94, in the conference of the Transport Ministers in Crete, in Greece, but they never did it. Now, Serbia says that they almost have completed the "Corridor 10," which is exactly connecting Central Europe with the Mediterranean, and it will obviously open up the development of the Balkans for the first time since the dissolution of Yugoslavia, which the EU never did. This is very exciting.
Then, there was a big conference in Greece, where the Greek President praised the cooperation between China and Greece. Then other speakers were saying — which is interesting — that with the economic power center shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific, that Greece is no longer in a marginal position in Europe, but it has now moved to the center of the new dynamic; and that Greece is historically located at the center of three continents, and therefore can become a hub of such development.
So all of these things are very, very exciting, and even in Spain, which is rocked by this Catalonia crisis right now, there was a huge conference in Galicia, where the Chinese think tank CASS, and Spanish institutions were cooperating. And similar conferences are planned this year in Paris, in Rome, — so the list is just endless.
And there is a new spirit, the new spirit of the Silk Road taking over. That is my absolute firm observation and belief.
SCHLANGER: Let's look at another aspect of that, which is the Middle East, which is undergoing tremendous change right now, given the potential to defeat the terrorists in Iraq and Syria. There are a couple of aspects to this. One is the importance of the Russian role, but this comes back again to the whole question of the attacks on Trump, because when Trump came in, he was committed to working with Putin. The Russians are clearly a major factor now in the Middle East, and what do you make of that?
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: It is very clear, the Russians have made the way for establishment of peace in Syria. There was a very useful cooperation between the United States and Russia, but it is not without problems: The Russian Foreign Ministry just warned that the United States is still backing terrorists in certain regions of Syria, and that makes the establishment of peace very difficult. The Russian spokesman who said that, said he's not saying, and does not think that President Trump is behind that, but that it is a sloppy management on the side of the military. Now, that obviously must be corrected, but I would say that the general strategic intervention of Putin in the Middle East is trying to settle the situation: There was the visit of the Saudi King Salman in Moscow for several days, and they seem to have reached agreements. And there was a very important commentary by a Russian analyst who said that the aim of Russia is to get Iran and Saudi Arabia to sit at the same table, because if that conflict is not ironed out, it makes it very difficult to deal with all the different terrorist rebels in various situations.
So I think there is a grand design by Putin, and one has to watch it, because the Saudi role is very problematic. There is actually a very important in the U.S. Congress which was just sponsored by Congressman Walter Jones, three others, basically prohibiting the continued sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia, because they are being used in the genocidal war against Yemen. So this is an important bill [H.Con.Res.81] and one would hope that it gets passed, and this stops.
But I still think that the overall efforts by Putin, who is closely coordinating all of this with Xi Jinping, is providing the potential frame to get peace in the Middle East. And obviously, this is key to stopping terrorism, and to have an extension of the Silk Road. You know, in all of the Southwest Asian countries, from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, then into the north of Africa, I think that this is on the agenda and must succeed, because this is one of the wounds left by Bush, by Obama, with their interventionist wars. And hopefully, this can lead to a situation where, what must be accomplished, the cooperation of the United States, Russia, and China. Because if these three countries work together on such problems, it can be solved. If they don't work together, it's the source of potential war, and even World War III.
SCHLANGER: One other evidence of the spirit of the Silk Road you've been talking, is the spirit of the people of Yemen, who in the midst of this brutal, genocidal attack from the Saudis are openly supporting and coming out in support of the Eurasian Land-Bridge. And the Foreign Minister of Yemen sent you a letter, thanking you and the Schiller Institute for the work that you're doing to bring this to the attention of the world. What else can be done? There's the importance of the Jones-Khanna-Pocan-Massie bill, but I think we have to make sure that worldwide, there's an outcry against this continued genocide in Yemen.
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: Yes, it's a genocide going on in front of the world public. Nobody can say that nobody knows about it. Like in the Third Reich, it was and is a question how much did people know, when, and about the extent of the genocide? But this cannot be said now, where the information that this genocide is taking place is well- known, and the fact that the Western governments are saying nothing about it, and this is something we absolutely have to change. There must be peace in Yemen, and the Yemen must be reconstructed as part of the New Silk Road, in the very near future.
SCHLANGER: And on that question, there's also been a move from China to participate in rebuilding Syria, a discussion going on with Afghanistan — so this is part of that same process, the process of the extension of the Silk Road.
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: Yes. I would like to bring up one other aspect which I think is very exciting: There is a space dimension to the New Silk Road, and this was mentioned by the UN commission on space, emphasizing especially the Chinese role in the space program, in the way that China is offering to invite all developing countries to participate in the knowledge and progress of their space program.
Now, this is extremely important, because this means you can uplift these countries very quickly, by educating their young people. And the reason why this is so important, well, space is part of what is the human habitat, or it should be. We need to find out more about what's going on in space. Just today, an asteroid passed by the Earth in only 44,000 km distance! That is very close. That's a wake-up call, because as of now we don't have any means to defend the planet against such events. It could happen, and therefore, what Xi Jinping always says, that we have to build a shared community for the future of mankind and put the common aims of mankind on the agenda, to find ways to defend the planet against asteroids, comets, and such objects is one of these aims.
And there is another dimension which has just been beautifully mentioned by a former German astronaut Thomas Reiter, who says that the international cooperation for space development is offering a perspective to overcome the thousands of years of wars and conflict on the planet, because you realize that we are one mankind. And I think that that whole discussion about why we need a new paradigm, where we don't talk about geopolitical conflict any more, but that we look at the one human race from the standpoint of the common future, how do you want to look like and exist in the next hundred years, a thousand years from now? I'm pretty certain that that will also be a major issue at the coming 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which will meet this coming Wednesday on Oct. 18, and discuss exactly that concept.
Now, I think that this particular national party congress will be extremely important, because all the signs are that China will come up with a new perspective for the next five years, and I think we will see the consolidation of all of these things which we have talked about: peace for the Middle East, development of Africa, development of South and Eastern Europe, development of Latin America; hopefully a cooperation between the United States, Russia and China. If all of these changes can succeed, I think people have to develop an optimism, that the world must not be in the kind of misery and fear of war, fear of terrorism, but that we can actually start a new chapter in the history of mankind, where we develop human relations, where we develop our own creativity as the purpose of life, as well as we do everything that our fellow citizens develop a more creative existence than they're mostly doing now.
I'm optimistic that this can be done, but we need a lot of help, we need support, we need you to be active, and to share this view, because I think we need a new thinking. And the possibility is there! That's the good thing. It's not just a utopian conception like — in a certain sense it was for 40 years, for my husband and his movement; but now, because China, maybe already the largest economic power is doing all of these things, and bringing a lot of countries onto the bandwagon, we can really have a new paradigm. And people have to start thinking that way, because only if you look at the present problems from the standpoint of the solution of the future, do you find an approach to solve them in the here and now. So get onboard!
SCHLANGER: And Helga, I'd like to conclude by just reflecting on what you just said, that today, in the United States, we celebrate Columbus Day, which was another bold venture into the unknown, which changed history. And of course, the same people trying to stop what we're trying to get, with the United States joining the Silk Road, they're trying to destroy the legacy of Columbus Day; so I think the optimism that you bring with the Spirit of the Silk Road, is the only way that we can address these kinds of problems.
So I'd like to thank you for joining us today, and we'll be back next week, with Helga Zepp-LaRouche again on the Schiller Institute New Paradigm webcast. Thank you.