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.
For the past year, since the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, the Anglo-American “deep state”, and their media, have been feverishly working to undermine Donald Trump’s oft-stated intention to improve relations with Russia and China. But it hasn’t worked so far.
China Daily journalist Fu Jing launched his new book A New Code for Common Peace and Prosperity on Oct. 11, 2017 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The book, published by Guangdong People’s Publishing House, explains how China and the European Union can deepen cooperation through the Belt and Road Initiative over the coming years.
On the eve of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China which began on Oct. 18 in Beijing, People’s Daily prepared a fast-moving four minute video giving the answers of 60 young Americans to what they think of China and its future prospects. The video features the assessment of Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the founder of the Schiller Institute, presenting her as the authority among those interviewed.
The past weeks have seen an outpouring of warnings that the transatlantic financial system is about to crash again, taking the speculative bubbles and toxic debts, which are much larger today than in 2008, down with it. From the International Monetary Fund to the Bank for International Settlements and Deutsche Bank, alarm bells have been set off.