In an article with the above title written on Feb. 11 for the German weekly Neue Solidarität, Helga Zepp-LaRouche reviews the fundamental shifts currently underway and how Germany can help to shape them positively. The opening paragraphs are quoted below.
“Among the great powers — United States, China, Russia, Japan — totally new alliances based on mutual advantage are being built, which will potentially establish a higher level of reason and can effectively usher in a new era in history. In Europe, however, it has not yet been noticed by either the neocons and neoliberals or most of the left-wing and certainly not by the Greens, who are all so busy hyperventilating in various ways against Trump’s victory, that they are numb to the major changes occurring on the political world stage.
“Even such apparently staunch Atlanticists as Finance Minister Schäuble, faced with the new President of the United States, suddenly see hope in China’s role – a nearly delightful irony. The followers of the geopolitical doctrine in Europe are in a frenzy. They don’t understand the world anymore. The Pippi Longstocking principle — ‘two times three is four plus three make nine! I make the world the way I like it’ — does not work any more. The shock caused by the failure of the axioms of unipolar geopolitics is somewhat comparable to the superseding of the Copernican heliocentric conception of the world by Johannes Kepler’s idea of a harmonic and complex universe.
“After Trump’s letter to Xi Jinping, followed by a further telephone conversation, which was described by the White House as ‘lengthy’ and ‘extremely cordial’ and during which Trump supported the One China policy of the U.S., the perspective for constructive cooperation between the US and China is developing. Indeed, with the Trump Administration, there is a chance that the U.S. will accept China’s offer of a ‘new type of power relations’, which was deliberately ignored by Obama. This new model of relations is based on the absolute recognition of sovereignty, respect for different social and political systems, non-interference in internal affairs of others and mutually beneficial cooperation. So there should be no contradiction between Trump’s ‘America First’ and Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese dream’.
“The visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to the U.S., who brought with him, among other items, an investment package that would create 700 000 jobs in the infrastructure sector, need not conflict in any way with the improved U.S.-China relations. Abe spoke of Japan’s international expertise in building modern infrastructure and offered to build a maglev line between Washington and New York, which would allow President Trump to go from the White House to the Trump Tower in Manhattan in only one hour.
“To the question of a Japanese reporter implying that Trump would not defend Japan from ‘Chinese aggression’, Trump’s reply demonstrated that he would not be lured into the geopolitical trap: ‘I had a very, very good conversation, as most of you know, yesterday with the President of China. It was a very, very warm conversation. I think we are on the process of getting along very well. And I think that will also be very much of a benefit to Japan…. We have conversations with various representatives of China, I believe, that that will all work out very well for everybody — China, Japan, the United States, and everybody in the region.’…”
Another indication of the new strategic orientation, Zepp-LaRouche went on to mention, is the rapprochement between PM Abe and Russian President Putin, including cooperation on developing the disputed Kuril islands, while Japan plans significant investments in Russia’s Far East. The Trump White House, moreover, made known through a “senior Administration official” that the United States has nothing against the growing cooperation between Japan and Russia. And Trump himself has repeatedly said he wants to improve relations with Russia.
Zepp-LaRouche also touched on the direct implications of this new alignment for Germany.
The full article in German can be read here.