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.
In three different places, the authors quote from EIR publications. They describe the idea of “development corridors” taken from a Nov. 2014 EIR report where “the New Silk Road is presented as part of a World Landbridge. This comprehensive report, entitled The New Silk Road becomes the World Landbridge, considers this type of development model as the basis for a peaceful future for humanity.”
And further on:
“The previously mentioned EIR report on the New Silk Road lists a whole series of major international projects, which could be part of a ‘World Landbridge’ among the continents”. Fifteen projects are then listed, including the Bering Strait Tunnel, the Kra Canal in Thailand, the Sakhalin-Hokkaido Tunnel or bridge, the Strait of Gibraltar tunnel, etc.
“Furthermore, eleven international corridors are listed in the EIR Special Report; they concern mainly important rail connections, like the trans-Siberian railway, which was constructed back in the 1891-1916 period and comprises the 9289 km-long first transcontinental connection from Moscow to Vladivostok.
“It is known that precisely such development corridors along railways and highways have been preserved and greatly contribute to the prosperity of a nation. This phenomenon can be substantiated in the historical trade routes over the millennia, as the old Silk Road demonstrates. That is also the origin of the modern term for China’s ‘Marco Polo Strategy’ for developing new routes that have the above-mentioned positive effects on the adjacent regions in at least 100 km wide corridors along the main routes.”
The authors also note: “It is remarkable that there is only one documentation in the German language on Germany’s chances with the New Silk Road. It contains the proceedings of an international conference of the Schiller Institute in Essen, on Oct. 21, 2016.”
The special report The New Silk Road becomes the World Landbridge can be ordered in English, Chinese, Arabic and German at https://www.eirshop.de/produkt/the-new-silk-road-becomes-the-world-land-bridge-2/ or per email at firstname.lastname@example.org.