While in Beijing to participate in the Belt and Road Forum as chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, Helga Zepp-LaRouche was covered in a number of Chinese media with her assessment of the strategic changes underway. In addition to coverage in Xinhua, China Daily and People’s Daily during the event, she was a special guest May 15 on the popular prime-time show “Dialogue with Yang Rui” on CGTN.
Asked first about China’s global initiative, she said it offered a way to solve many problems at once, including regional cooperation, underdevelopment and poverty. Certainly, there is nothing even remotely similar coming from the United States or Europe, “so I’m really optimistic. I think yesterday was a fantastic, historic moment.”
Zepp-LaRouche stressed that this is not just about infrastructure and economics, but the beginning of a new era, where geopolitics is “replaced by a whole new set of relations among nations.” She strongly urged President Trump to take up the Chinese offer to join the BRI, and replace competition with cooperation.
On the sidelines of the BRF, Zepp-LaRouche also gave a six minute interview in German to People Television, in which she deplored the deformed picture of the Belt and Road strategy painted by most European think tanks and media, which leave the population in the dark as to the actual potential it represents. It also holds the key to solving the refugee problem, she said, if a real Grand Design for Africa and the Middle East is implemented.
Concerning Germany, she noted that the Mittelstand companies have all the know-how required to make the Belt and Road Initiative a success, and if the government would just drop its resistance, joint ventures between China and Germany could be launched in all parts of the world.
A column in Xinhuanet called “Quotable quotes on the Belt and Road Forum from world intellectual, business personnel” begins with a quote from Helga Zepp-LaRouche, saying the initiative “not only brings economic prosperity to all participating countries, but also serves as a true basis for a peace order for the 21st century.
After the forum, Zepp-LaRouche spoke a the Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which posted a report on her intervention with a photo, and thanks to the Schiller Institute for its role in the Silk Road process. In October of 2015, Zepp-LaRouche had been a featured speaker at an International Forum on Women in Beijing, sponsored by the same Foundation, which is dedicated to upholding the life and work of Soong Ching Ling, the wife of Sun Yatsen. One year earlier, two representatives of the foundation participated in a Schiller Institute conference near Frankfurt, Germany.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Addresses Belt and Road Forum in Beijing: Achieving the Common Aims of Mankind