In an article dated June 15, the Chair of the Schiller Institute, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, underscored the stark difference in dynamic between the annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the historic summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore, and the G7 summit in Canada, with its disunity and exclusionary stance.
On the most significant event, the Trump-Kim summit, Helga Zepp-LaRouche wrote:
“Notwithstanding all the cynical comments from the usual suspects in the mainstream media, the groundbreaking summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un would never have been possible without the spirit of the New Silk Road, that has swept over Asia in particular in recent years. Indeed, the idea of economically including North Korea in the integration of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union was very much present at last year’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. And at the Panmunjom Inter-Korean summit in April of this year, South Korean President Moon Jae-in presented his North Korean counterpart with a USB stick containing detailed plans for the economic development of the North.
“The White House, in collaboration with the National Security Council, had prepared a video envisaging the perspective of a modern, industrialized, prosperous North Korea — a high-speed rail system, a Chinese maglev, industrial parks, a country on the rise – which Trump showed the North Korean Chairman during their meeting before the final press conference. One can only recommend to those minds in the West that have already been “categorized” and stuffed full of prejudices by the media, to watch Trump’s press conference themselves in the archives. A sovereign U.S. President presented the outcome of the summit: the total nuclear disarmament of North Korea, in return for security guarantees, the lifting of sanctions and the pledge to make North Korea prosperous. In addition, he announced the immediate end of the U.S.-South Korean military maneuvers. That will save a lot of money, he said, and they are ‘very provocative’ anyway.”
The Koreans reacted with understandable enthusiasm to the event, and what it holds out for the future. “We in Germany should recall the elation at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall to get a sense of the effect on the population there.”
China and Russia both were heavily involved in the talks leading up to the breakthrough in Singapore, and the leaders of both countries welcomed the outcome, with Moscow pledging to assist in economic development, and Beijing promising to help provide the needed security guarantees for North Korea.
On the important flank of economic development, Zepp-LaRouche quotes an assessment of China’s Global Times showing that the North Korean economy is not as dilapidated as is often assumed: “North Korea has economic and geographic advantages to join the B&R, which will help the country realize its economic potential. It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. However, getting North Korea into the B&R initiative to promote economic integration may be easier than what people would have imagined.”
Read the full statement of Helga Zapp-LaRouche in English translation here.