by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:
With President Donald Trump set to leave for his Asia tour within days, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Following the inspiring developments of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Trump called President Xi Jinping to congratulate him on the results, and to confirm that he is looking forward to their meeting on November 8. Trump will be traveling with a number of American businessmen and manufacturers, who are hoping to expand trade opportunities with China, and to become participants in the global projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Helga Zepp LaRouche has emphasized that the success of this tour by Trump would consolidate a cooperative alliance between the U.S., Russia and China, which would spell the end of the imperial, unipolar geopolitical order run by neocons and neo-liberals, which has put the world on the edge of global economic collapse and World War III.
Sadly, few people in the West are aware of this potential historic breakthrough. The only “news” available to those in the Trans-Atlantic region is the latest unconstitutional provocations of the legal assassin, Robert Mueller, who is the point person for a desperate effort by the London-centered oligarchs intent on stopping the momentum of the BRI, and prevent Trump from succeeding in bringing in the U.S. as a partner.
Join us on Thursday, as Mrs. Zepp LaRouche, the chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, will provide a necessary strategic corrective to the Fake News, based on spreading the Spirit of the New Silk Road.
HARLEY SCHLANGER: Hello, I’m Harley Schlanger from the Schiller Institute and I’d like to welcome you to this week’s webcast with Helga Zepp-LaRouche. Helga, this has been an extraordinary week of crucial strategic developments, which, as is often the case, these have been hidden from most of the people in the West. We can start with the fact that President Trump will be going to Asia in a couple of days, and he has a pivotal Nov. 8th meeting with President Xi Jinping. President Xi gave a very significant message yesterday, where he said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to cooperate with the United States on a “win-win” basis.
There’s all sorts of Chinese activity, including Russian Prime Minister Medvedev coming to China, developments on the Silk Road in Ukraine, Portugal and elsewhere. But also, as you had forecast in one of the earlier webcasts, there’s an effort to stop this from taking place, and we saw that with the Mueller intervention, the special counsel — the legal assassin Robert Mueller — with a really fraudulent set of indictments on Monday of this week, Paul Manafort and his aide Gates; and then this classic British FBI sting operation with George Papadapoulos. And right on cue, David Gergen went on CNN and said President Trump should not go to Asia in the middle of this.
So where do things stand, as we’re sitting here, today?
HELGA ZEPP-LAROUCHE: It is very dramatic and very hopeful. First of all, I think both Presidents, President Trump and President Xi, have signalled ahead of the summit their best intention to make this a breakthrough. President Trump gave an extremely interesting interview to Fox TV’s Lou Dobbs, where he said that he expects the relationship between the United States and China to be absolutely great; that China is a great country, that he has an excellent relationship with President Xi Jinping. And then President Xi Jinping, on his side, had a meeting addressing a meeting of the Tsinghua University, which is a very prestigious university in Beijing, where he said that he is looking “far ahead and aiming high” in the relationship with the United States. And this is actually, I think it’s a very interesting conception. You can also say it’s a “vision” — looking “far ahead and aiming high,” and I couldn’t help but compare that to the policy of approach of Chancellor Merkel [in Germany] who always has a policy of “little steps.” And she once said even that one can only steer ahead as far as one can see.
Now, that’s quite a difference in the approach. And this comes naturally, immediately after the 19th National Congress of the CPC, where Xi Jinping managed to unite the whole party behind his vision of the Belt and Road Initiative, of the idea of a community of a shared future of mankind, and he said that that is going to be discussed in the meeting with President Trump. So I think that the signs that the relationship between the two most important countries in the world will turn out to be positive, I’m very, very hopeful.
And I think the Western media are just ridiculous. I was watching especially the German coverage of what’s going on in the United States, and it’s as if the FBI were running the German media! Because they only report the one side, the Obama intelligence community side and they don’t report at all what Trump is actually saying. And they naturally don’t report anything about this upcoming visit.
So I think people will be in for a surprise, because I think the developments cannot be hidden, and my expectations are very high that they will be very positive.
SCHLANGER: We also have, as I mentioned at the outset, a very active Chinese engagement in the world. There are developments in Portugal with the Maritime Silk Road, with Ukraine as a possible transit point into Europe. And also, by the way, important discussion between India and China: What can you tell us about that?
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: I think President Xi Jinping has a grand design of overcoming all tensions. You know, the “win-win” concept applies to every single country, and you can see that, for example, in the fact that Japan, whose Prime Minister Abe is moving closer to the work with China and the Belt and Road Initiative. And the same goes for India which until very recently had this border conflict in Doklam, where they had actually a stand-off between the militaries of both sides, and that has apparently been quite successfully calmed down and the relations between China and India are now much improved.
And then, naturally Prime Minister Medvedev of Russia was just in Beijing and he met with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang and others, and they talked about integrating the New Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union; and they even talked about creating a “Silk Road on Ice” by joining efforts for the development of the Arctic. Then you have all kinds of efforts to overcome tensions among all kinds of conflicts, and I think there is a grand design behind all of this, which is the idea to move the entire world community up to a new level of relations among nations, overcoming geopolitics.
And I think this is something most people have not yet even started to think about. I think this is such a revolutionary new concept, of overcoming geopolitics by finding a collaboration in the interest of the other, uniting actually all of mankind. And I don’t know if it will succeed, because you know, there are important forces who are opposing it, but I think the intention, by China, by President Xi Jinping, to establish such a new model of relationships is without any question.
And I think people who are sort of brainwashed by the Western media, and what we find many times in the streets, at our information tables, where people say “Oh, but I don’t trust the Chinese,” well I would ask these people to just investigate for a little bit of time, and make yourself more familiar with what is the Chinese grand design, and not go by the media reports against China. Why should people believe the media on China, when they obviously are lying on so many other issues? So I would want the audience — you — to open your minds and to open your hearts and find out for yourself. Because I think, what we are witnessing right now, is one of the most exceptional changes in human history: Because if this model of the Chinese succeeds, then the danger of war and the danger of the extinction of the human race through the use of thermonuclear weapons, for example, would be overcome forever. And that is definitely something which I think is worth trying to accomplish.
SCHLANGER: Last week, you mentioned that the CEO of Caterpillar, which is a company that manufactures heavy machinery used for agriculture and construction, said that he’s very optimistic about a U.S. role in the New Silk Road. We also have a leading establishment figure now, Joseph Nye, a professor at Harvard, someone who’s inside the institutions; he came out and he said he favors U.S. cooperation with China. What is it that the neo-cons and neo-liberals in the establishment fear so much about a U.S.-China cooperation?
ZEPP-LAROUCHE: It is so clear that the Chinese model, which is also reflected in the new banking institutions, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the New Development Bank of the BRICS countries, the Silk Road Fund, and many similar institutions, they are explicitly oriented towards investment in the real economy. And rather than looking at this emerging system of alternative credit institutions as a savior, as something which may eventually even be the lifeboat when the next financial crash hits — which is about to happen at any moment — they look at this as a threat. Because as you can see, the entire Western system, especially as it emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union, was based on the idea of a unipolar world, based on the “special relationship” of the Anglo-Americans, running the world through financial control of the dollar-denominated system.
And this system obviously worked for some people very well, because they became richer and richer — I mean, just shamelessly rich billionaires, two-digit billionaires, while the majority of the people, or a larger part of the people became poorer, the middle class was afraid to be out in the corner; so these people defend that system, because that is what their privilege is based on, that is what their money is attached to. And they look at the idea that China is promoting a model which is truly devoted to the common good — not only the common good of the Chinese people, but very explicitly is investing in people and in countries that were left behind by the trans-Atlantic financial system. And they’re providing credits for infrastructure, for industrial parks, for agriculture, and naturally, this is a more attractive model. So rather than saying, “OK, let’s recognize the fact that the Western model did not function, it led to all kinds of rebellions, it led to the Brexit, it led to Hillary Clinton losing the election; it led to the rise of popular parties in Europe; and it’s actually contributing to the dissolution of the EU at a rather amazing speed, if you look at Spain, if you look at the situation in other areas such as Eastern Europe, for example, which is clearly turning away from the EU. So it had all of these side-effects, but rather than reflecting upon it and changing, and maybe adjusting to the new offers, they are determined to oppose it by the old tricks, lies, set-ups and coups if they can; and that is why they are not giving up.
I think it’s a small elite, but in many countries like the people who are going after Trump in the United States, are definitely determined not to let that new system emerge, and we have in Europe, unfortunately, similar-minded people. But they are in trouble, in my view.
SCHLANGER: Let’s turn our attention for a moment to the latest developments in the United States on this: In particular, I want to focus on this plea agreement with this character Papadopoulos, which was based on the fact that they say he lied to the FBI. What did he lie about? Supposedly he was told that the Russians had hacked emails; supposedly he met with a Russian professors — who turns out to be from Malta — and the Russian professor introduced him to Putin’s niece — who turned out not to be Putin’s niece — and the whole story just wreaks of a classic FBI-British sting operation.
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