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.
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”.
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.
Donald Trump, in his election campaign and after his election, strongly opposed the policy of “permanent wars” and of “regime change” that the neo-conservatives in the Anglo-American world had successfully pushed through for decades. He repeatedly called for establishing good working relations with Russia and China, and ending the senseless military interventions abroad.
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.
Dec. 10, 2017 – The EU-Africa summit that took place Nov. 29/30 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, was exemplary of the complete travesty perpetrated by the European Union with its so-called African policy, in reality a flimsy cover for neocolonialism. Many hollow words were heard on investments and development, but the only decision taken was to create a “UN-EU-African” task force to repatriate refugees currently in camps in Libya. That decision was typically prompted by a well-timed, emotionally charged CNN report showing inhuman conditions in those camps, currently run by the Tripoli authorities as part of a bilateral agreement with the Italian government. But to implement the decision, European nations would have to put boots on the ground in Libya.
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.
Die Präsidenten der drei wichtigsten Nuklearmächte der Welt arbeiten intensiv daran, die Beziehungen zwischen ihren Nationen zu verbessern und auf eine solide Basis der Kooperation im gegenseitigen Interesse zu stellen. Das sollte eigentlich von allen vernünftigen und friedliebenden Menschen überall auf der Welt begrüßt werden, aber in Europa und in den USA schmähen die Mainstream-Medien Donald Trump, Wladimir Putin und Xi Jinping als gefährliche vermeintliche oder tatsächliche Diktatoren und im Fall des US-Präsidenten als geistig instabil.
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.