The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which took place in Beijing Sept. 3-4, was critical for advancing the “new paradigm” of cooperation as opposed to geopolitics. Western mainstream media hardly reported on the event, other than to hypocritcally complain that China is strapping African countries with debt they will never be able to repay, i.e., the so-called “debt trap”.
The Schiller Institute held an extraordinary conference on June 30-July 1 in Bad Soden, Germany, bringing together representatives from 35 different countries to deliberate on the ways to put a definitive end to geopolitics and base international relations on win-win economic cooperation. Contrary to the multitude of other conferences on similar themes, many participants observed, those of the Schiller Institute are unique in that they are focused on finding concrete solutions to the problems and not just palabras. What became clear to all over the course of the two days, its that no solution is possible within the old paradigm – be it with regard to the war danger, the financial collapse, or the migrant crisis.
The Chairwoman of the International Schiller Institutes Helga Zepp-LaRouche issued an urgent call on June 15 to the heads of state and government of the European Union, titled “History Is Now Being Written in Asia! The EU Summit Must Follow the Example of Singapore!”
On the sidelines of the “Two Sessions” of the 13th National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC), Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan spoke to the media on March 11, addressing in particular the worldwide impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI,) and plans for development in Africa.
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.
Among the various issues brought up at the G20 summit in Hamburg, which received relatively little coverage, is the possibility that the German government will agree to cooperate with China in the development of Africa. Helga Zepp LaRouche, who has long promoted such an approach, welcomed the apparent shift. Chancellor Merkel appears to be motivated in large part by the dramatic escalation of the refugee crisis in Europe and her wish to prevent more migrants from coming.
The two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, which opens tomorrow May 14, is poised to consolidate the “new paradigm” in international relations, based on “win win” cooperation as opposed to the zero sum game of traditional Western geopolitics. Over 110 countries will be represented, including 29 heads of state and government, and some 60 international organizations.