After participating in the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15 as chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, Helga Zepp-LaRouche had a number of other events and private meetings in China. On May 25, she gave a major address to the Phoenix Publishing & Media Group at their headquarters in Nanjing, the largest publisher in China.
“The Belt and Road has injected optimism into many countries,” Zepp-LaRouche told the some 150 people attending, “and the momentum is unstoppable,” but bringing it fully to fruition “will not be easy.” She strongly denounced the attempt of the British and their American allies after the Cold War to create a unipolar world, which has left the Middle East, in particular, in a shambles. It also precipitated the refugee crisis, the backlash against “globalization,” and the rise of right-wing movements.
“The Belt and Road,” she said, “will bring about the creation of the World Land-Bridge, which will connect all continents. And this is something we have been fighting for, for over 40 years.” She then described the fight of herself and her husband, Lyndon LaRouche, to build a new world economic order, going through LaRouche’s call for an International Development Bank in 1975, his development plan for Africa, and the Ibero-American initiative in the same direction in collaboration with Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo, as well as the hundreds of seminars on five continents held by the Schiller Institute calling for a World Land-bridge.
While China has launched the magnificent project of the Belt and Road, to fully realize that potential, she told the audience, “you must also study the ideas of my husband on the question of economics.”
On the dialogue of cultures needed, she proposed to share the finest achievements of every culture. In that context, she concretely compared the works of Friedrich Schiller and of Confucius, showing the close similarity in the ideas of these two great thinkers which were separated in time by almost 2000 years.
After Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s address, William Jones, the Washington Bureau Chief of EIR, gave an overview of Lyndon LaRouche’s achievements, in particular on the notion of physical economy and peace through development.
This was followed by Professor Bao Shixiu, a professor of military science, who outlined the strategic importance of the Belt and Road for China, showing how it will allow the country to overcome the traditional difficulties it has had with other countries, including India and Japan. He also underlined the seminal role of the LaRouches in bringing this initiative to the forefront.
There was a great deal of interest exhibited by the audience, particularly in Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s call for the dialogue of cultures and a heightened degree of interest in the work of Friedrich Schiller among the Phoenix staff, some of whom seemed to have had a rather extensive exposure to the works of German culture.
Elsewhere, the monthly Chinese Investment published a lengthy article by Helga Zepp-LaRouche in its May issue, which was distributed both in Chinese and in English to every participant at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. Her article focussed more specifically on the need for the United States to join the Belt and Road Initiative. This prestigious magazine is supervised by the National Development and Reform Commission and is the only major guiding financial publication in China’s investment and construction sector.