The China International Import Expo (CIIE), which was held Nov 5-10 in Shanghai, brought together some 3,600 foreign firms from some 150 countries, as well as 18 heads of state. It was a clear signal that China is taking a further step in its “reform and opening up” process and welcomes non-Chinese companies firms to come and sell their goods or set up businesses in China.
“Sleepwalking: Have We Learned the Lesson of How the First World War Came About?” is the title of an article written on Nov. 3 by the chairwoman of the international Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in which she reviews the acute, but underestimated, danger of war today. She begins:
The Chairwoman of the international Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche presented an overview of the current strategic situation and the perspectives for the future in a speech given in Moscow on Oct. 24 at the 23rd International Academic Conference on the theme “China, Chinese Civilization and the World: Past, Present, and Future”. The event was organized by the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In an article written on Sept. 21, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the chairwoman of the Schiller Institute blasts the current German government and calls for cooperation with the Belt and Road Initiative, in particular to develop Africa.
The Schiller Institute drafted the following petition on Aug. 18, calling on the leaders of the United States, Russia, China and India to convoke an emergency summit in order to create a New Bretton Woods global credit system. The petition is circulating in Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It can be signed at https://schillerinstitute.nationbuilder.com/nbw_petition#sign
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!”
“The Significance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for World Economic Development” was the theme of a seminar hosted in Stockholm on May 30 by the Schiller Institute, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, and China Eastern Airlines, with the support of the Embassy of China and the China Cultural Center and in cooperation with the China-Sweden Business Council.
An exciting dynamic is sweeping Asia, with the breakthrough diplomacy on the Korean peninsula being but the most spectacular aspect of it. While just a few months ago, the idea of a summit between the President of the United States and the Chairman of North Korea was still dismissed by most as pie-in-the-sky, a definitive date for a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has now been set for June 12 in Singapore. This will be the first summit ever between the leaders of those two countries.
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.