After predicting for years that the Chinese economy would soon be on the verge of a financial blowout and a plunge in growth, honest Western economists, even of the rabid monetarist stripe, have to admit that the Chinese model of economic development does seem to work. Take the case of Michael Schuman, who penned an article in Bloomberg Business Week, of Jan. 29, under the title “What if China Is Exempt from the Laws of Economics?” . And an eloquent subtitle: “Beijing’s policymakers seem to be doing a lot of things right — and that may upend much of basic economic thinking, especially our faith in the power of free markets.”
Appeal of the Central Committee of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine to the OSCE/ODIHR; European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
A book published in December, 2017 in Germany, entitled in English translation China’s New Silk Road – Cooperation rather than Isolation – Role change in world trade, quotes EIR as a precursor and source of the New Silk Road policy. The authors, Professors Wolf D. Hartmann, Wolfgang Maennig, and Run Wang, hope through their contribution is to influence in a positive direction the debate on China in Germany. Interestingly, the book was published by the influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch publishing house, which is linked to the leading news daily of the same name.
Donald Trump, in his election campaign and after his election, strongly opposed the policy of “permanent wars” and of “regime change” that the neo-conservatives in the Anglo-American world had successfully pushed through for decades. He repeatedly called for establishing good working relations with Russia and China, and ending the senseless military interventions abroad.
French President Emmanuel Macron began his three-day visit to China on Jan. 8 in Xian, a symbolic city representing the departure point of the ancient Silk Roads toward the West. In his speech on that occasion at the Daminggong Palace, he outlined his views of Franco-Chinese cooperation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which imply a definite break with the currently dominant geopolitical doctrine in the EU.
For weeks, the mainstream media in the West were decrying President Trump for his blatant provocations of Northean Korean President Kim Jung-un, which threatened to wipe out the Korean peninsula and much more in a thermonculear confrontation. But then, something quite unexpected by those pundits happened.
The exploratory talks on forming a new German government, which have dragged on for nearly four months now with different actors, are characterized above all by the utter lack of any concept of the future. Such is the assessment given by Helga Zepp-LaRouche in an article written on Jan. 6, 2018 for Neue Solidarität. Meanwhile, a growing number of Germans have come to realize that Angela Merkel really cares very little about the common good. In the latest poll published by DIMAP, she came in only third with a 52% rating, behind the current Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD, at 62%, and Cem Ozdemir, a leader of the Green Party, at 53%. Of those polled, 67% think that Merkel’s best time as Chancellor is behind her.
The investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between Russian leaders and the Trump team has been pretty much discredited by now, after exposure of a web of corruption in both the Department of Justice and the FBI. That has led the would-be putschists to escalate the efforts for “Plan B”, which calls for impeaching Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment, for being “mentally unit”. That Amendment states that if cabinet members find that the President is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” he can be replaced by the Vice President.
The Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of former high-level American intelligence veterans, addressed an open letter to President Donald Trump on Dec. 21 countering the claim of key members of the Trump Administration and others, that Iran is a leading state sponsor of international terrorism. That “dubious distinction”, according to the letter signed by the entire VIPS board and published in Consortium News, goes to “Iran’s accusers – first and foremost Saudi Arabia”.