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.
In some ways, Donald Trump’s Nov. 5-14 visit to Asia was truly historic. After the U.S. President had consolidated good working relations with Japan’s Shinzo Abe and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in on the first part of his journey, his “state visit plus” to China was a high point, followed by attendance at the APEC, ASEAN and East Asia summits, coupled with state visits to the two host countries, Vietnam and the Philippines.
The Foreign Minister of Yemen Hisham Sharaf sponsored and addressed a seminar in the capital of Yemen on Nov. 7, dedicated to China’s Policy Paper on the Arab World, and to Yemen’s potential role in the Belt and Road Initiative. Foreign Minister Sharaf reviewed the friendly and productive historical relations with China, including many infrastructure projects that it had contributed to modern Yemen in the past decades before the outbreak of the Saudi war on Yemen in 2015. He expressed Yemen’s full readiness to join the Belt and Road Initiative and to protect the Maritime Silk Road at the Bab El-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, and he urged China to play a constructive role in the political solution for the war in Yemen. The Chinese government does not yet recognize the government in Sana’a, which Sharaf represents, but rather the government of deposed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia and has little or no control of matters in Yemen.
The most important strategic intervention at this point in time is undoubtedly Donald Trump’s trip to Asia, which takes him to five countries in Asia, and includes attendance at three summits, over the period Nov. 5-14. The most momentous event should be the talks between the U.S. President and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, who just united the Communist Party of China behind his Belt and Road Initiative at the 19th Congress of the party.