The “Belt and Road Initiative” Is Like a Symphonic Orchestra, with Parts for All

The Chinese government has launched a global organizing drive to ensure that the upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), to be held in Beijing on May 14-15, consolidates a “broad, international consensus on the Belt and Road Initiative,” in the words of State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Noting that “the global economy is yet to emerge from the profound impact of the international financial crisis,” Yang emphasized in a March 10 interview with China Daily that “we hope the BRF will help drive away the clouds of the economic doldrums,” and that already “in countries around the world, priority is given to the real economy, the manufacturing sector, industrialization and economic diversification.”

Yang, who is in charge of preparations for the Forum, described the new spirit:“The Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by China. Yet it’s not going to be China’s solo show. A better analogy would be that of a symphony performed by an orchestra composed of all participating countries.” It is noteworthy that Yang Jiechi was the Chinese official who was sent to the U.S. for discussions with the Trump administration in late February.

Chinese officials have repeatedly made it clear that the Belt and Road Initiative is open to all nations in the world. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had stated on March 7 that China, Russia and the U.S. should work with each other to pursue “win-win, rather than zero-sum outcomes… We believe the three countries can develop healthy and positive relations so that jointly we can fulfill our responsibilities for world peace and development.”

Helga Zepp-LaRouche commented on these developments during discussions with associates on March 12:

“The New Paradigm is becoming the dominant, defining dynamic on the planet. And since we are less than 100 days away from the May Belt and Road Forum, I think we should use that time to really make sure that we get the United States and European nations to join. We have to proceed quickly, because the entire trans-Atlantic financial system is a powder keg.”