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Helga Zepp-LaRouche: Americans Must Discover What Really Happened on Trump’s China Trip

November 16, 2017
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in China | November 8, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute, today called on the American people to disregard the lies and blackouts about President Trump’s trip to China prevalent in the media of the United States and Europe, and to find out for themselves about the historic development that took place. Speaking on her regularly weekly webcast shown on newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com, and on this website, Zepp-LaRouche said:

“I think it’s very important that our viewers around the world really take a look at this themselves; do not go by what the media is reporting. Try to get the speeches, which are all archived; listen to them yourself. View the Chinese TV coverage of Trump’s trip. I appeal to your reason not to be fooled by the media, not to fall into the trap of Cold War propaganda. The opposite of what the media is saying is happening. Please, dear listeners and viewers—meaning you—take the time to inform yourself; build your own judgement. You don’t have to believe us, but go to the sources and get the first-hand opinion of what is really happening, rather than relying on media reports.”

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In her webcast, Zepp-LaRouche gave her viewers a short summary of what took place on the trip:

“Well, I think it is the beginning of a new era of strategic relationships between the United States and China, as President Xi Jinping has said. Trump was received with the highest possible honors; the characterization was that this was a “state visit-plus” and President Xi Jinping even said that this was a “state visit-plus-plus.” They rolled out the red carpet so to speak in a way that they have never done for any other foreign dignitary since before the existence of the People’s Republic of China.

First, they had a day of introducing President Trump to the ancient culture of China. For that purpose, they closed down the Forbidden City for an entire day and then they had a gala dinner in one of the palaces. They showed him three different Beijing operas. They showed him the restoration of art, crafts, and similar things. Obviously, President Xi Jinping was the tour guide for all of this. Anybody who has ever read or listened to his speeches, knows that he is very well versed not only in Chinese history but also in universal history; so this is really an incredible thing. And naturally there were other aspects, like trade deals for $253 billion. And when President Trump came back from the Asia trip, he said that he had deals for about $300 billion, but that these deals would only be the beginning, and soon this figure would be three-fold.

But I think much more important—as much as the economic deals are important, and I don't want to neglect that—but I think much more profound was the deep human accord between these two Presidents. I’m going to do something which I normally don’t do, but given the fact that the media has distorted what has happened at this visit so much—if they reported it at all—I want to read to you a quote of what President Trump said in commenting on this reception. He said,

"Yesterday, we visited the Forbidden City, which stands as a proud symbol of China's rich culture and majestic spirit. Your nation is a testament to thousands of years of vibrant, living history, and today it was a tremendous honor to be greeted by the Chinese delegation right here at the Great Hall of the People. This moment in history presents both our nations with an incredible opportunity to advance peace and prosperity alongside other nations all around the world. In the words of a Chinese proverb, 'we must carry forward the cause, and forge ahead into the future'. I'm confident that we can realize this wonderful vision, a vision that will be so good and in fact so great for both China and the United States. And then he continued, ‘So we come from different places and faraway lands.’ There is much that binds the East and West. Both our countries were built by people of great courage, strong culture, and the desire to trek across the unknown into great danger that they overcame. The people of the United States have a very deep respect for the heritage of your country and the noble traditions of its people. Your ancient values bring past and future together into the present so beautifully. It is my hope that the proud spirits of the American and Chinese people will inspire our efforts to achieve a more just, secure, and peaceful world. A future worthy of the sacrifices of our ancestors and the dreams of our children."

Zepp-LaRouche singled out as an example, the disparaging coverage in the German “newspaper of record” the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung which called the Chinese treatment of President Trump, “pomp” and a “Chinese deception game.”

“This is not the picture of Trump you get from the media. As a matter of fact, I have never seen such an outrage and cynicism than what is being expressed now against Trump. Well, except, naturally against my husband, and naturally similar treatment is being given to President Putin and President Xi. But anybody who has ever been in the Forbidden City, which was the palace of the Chinese Emperor since the 17th Century, you cannot but be impressed by the majestic architecture, the beauty of the construction, the furniture, the whole display of Chinese art. To call that ‘pomp’ just shows you how absolutely ignorant these scribblers really are.”

Zepp-LaRouche said that the promise of good relations between China and the United States being brought about by Presidents Trump and Xi is urgently needed. The United States urgently needs to rebuild its infrastructure and deploy its industries in the common interests of mankind. This can be accomplished if the United States joins the Belt and Road initiative. Last spring, Zepp-LaRouche said that if President Trump joined the Belt and Road initiative and repaired U.S. relations with China and Russia, “He could be one of the greatest U.S. Presidents of all time”. After the Beijing trip, “Trump is actually doing it,” Zepp-LaRouche said.

“So, I'm confident that the chance to have a new renaissance, to have an uplifting of people where the best traditions of all cultures, of all nations and cultures of this planet are revived; and out of that, a new renaissance can be created. I think that that is an absolutely realistic possibility. So, be happy and join us!

We need each of you now to join a national mobilization, so that everybody can find out how historic this trip of President Trump to China was, what the potentials are for the American people, and why the attackers of President Trump must not succeed. Join us—the fate of the US and actually the whole world depends on it. Be an American, so that there can be ‘America First.’ And that is not a contradiction to what president Xi calls ‘A community of a shared future of mankind.’ "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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During the meetings, President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump "held an in-depth exchange of views and reached an important consensus which set the tone and the direction for the relationship," Cui said. "The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact with each other and to provide strategic guidance for the bilateral relationship. And the two sides decided to enhance high-level exchanges and make best use of the high-level dialogues established. The two also agreed to increase mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and manage possible differences on the basis of mutual respect. The two also agreed to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples and to promote even better cooperation at a sub-national level," he said.

"The two sides also agreed to join hands in response to global, international and regional issues, including the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue," Cui continued. Cui also underlined the importance of the many economic agreements that were signed. He stressed that $250 billion of the total agreements was "not a small number." And while many of these still remain on the level of memoranda of understanding, he explained that "such a long and impressive list is the outcome of the joint efforts of the two governments and the two business communities. As long as there is sufficient political will, (the deals) will be implemented and benefit our two peoples." He reiterated the fundamentals of China's foreign policy that it "will never seek hegemony, nor will we pursue expansionist policies."  China's foreign policy "aims at a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation." "China is ready to make greater contributions to world peace and development," Cui said, "and through consultation and collaboration with others, help improve and enhance global governance. We seek global partnerships, and we are ready to expand convergence of interests with other countries." Ambassador Cui was speaking at a gala dinner of the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, which awarded him with an Outstanding Achievement Award. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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