The bilateral meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was certainly the most important event of the G20 summit that took place on July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany. As Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche pointed out in an article written just after the end of that summit, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russia counterpart Sergei Lavrov underscored the positive chemistry between the two heads of state.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, upon his arrival in Germany on July 4, released a signed article, carried in the mainstream media, titled “To Make the World a Better Place“. In it, he notes that the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, recently held in Beijing, is aimed at stepping up the synergy of development strategies and connectivity” among nations, and that it “chimes with the theme of this year’s Hamburg [G20] Summit.” He suggested that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and G-20 cooperation “could complement and reinforce each other…”
Developments over the past few weeks indicate that the United States may now be responding to the call to accept China’s offer to join the New Silk Road. President Trump and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at the White House on June 22, after which Yang stated, according to a statement by the Beijing Foreign Ministry, that the U.S. President was willing to cooperate with China on projects related to its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.