+++ 6. September 2016 +++
Vladivostok, Hangzhou: A Major Global Shift Is Being Led by Russia and China
A dramatic strategic realignment is underway, with momentum building, through the ongoing summit meetings being led by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. From Sept. 2 to 5, Vladivostok, Russia and Hangzhou, China were the scenes of international conferences, that have advanced the Eurasia-centered shift towards economic cooperation on largescale infrastructure projects that have re-defined the political landscape for a vast majority of people.
At the East Economic Forum in Vladivostok Sept. 2-3, over 3,000 government officials and business leaders came together to forge new projects to integrate Northeast Asia into China's One Belt, One Road project, linking all of Eurasia through transportation and development corridors. Japanese Prime Minister Abe and South Korean President Park were Putin's guests of honor at the event, and major new projects were announced there, including the creation of an "energy belt" that will provide Russian oil and natural gas to Japan, Mongolia, Korea and China. A new rail line will be built, extending the Trans-Siberian Line to the Sea of Japan, building up the northern Eurasian Landbridge route.
In his public remarks at Vladivostok, President Putin made clear that the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will move to integrate with China's OBOR (One Belt, One Road) project, and will also move to deepen trade ties with the ten Southeast Asian nations of ASEAN. Prime Minister Abe announced that plans had been finalized for a visit to Japan by Russian President Putin on Dec. 15.
Immediately following the Vladivostok breakthrough summit, the leaders of the BRICS countries gathered in Hangzhou, China, for a pre-meeting for their mid-October heads of state summit in Goa, India. That meeting took place on the eve of the start of the G-20 heads of state summit hosted by Xi Jinping. In a speech before the B-20 (Business-20) meeting of leading business executives from throughout Eurasia, Xi made clear that China is committed to a major overhaul of the entire global financial and monetary system, to end the tyranny of monetarism and to launch a new era of genuine investment in scientific and technological progress, through what he called a new global innovation initiative.
Xi spelled out a clear concept of the nature of human creativity, in which limits to growth are constantly overcome by new scientific discoveries unique to mankind. China's emerging leadership in space exploration is but the main example of this kind of realization of human capacity.
It was no coincidence that the G-20 summit featured a classical concert, highlighted by a performance of Beethoven's Ode to Joy, which was broadcast worldwide by CCTV. The theme of that concert was "Hangzhou--A Living Poem." The choice of Friedrich Schiller's poem, set to music by Beethoven, was a clear message to the world: The efforts of China and Russia and the other BRICS and allied nations is nothing short of a conscious launching of a new Renaissance.
The G-20 summit was followed by another major Asian economic forum, hosted by this year's ASEAN president, Laos. Beginning mid-September, the world's heads of state will gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, where the same themes will be presented by the leading Eurasian nations.
This profound intervention by the leading nations of Eurasia is unfortunately counterposed to the stubborn resistance of leading nations of the trans-Atlantic region, starting with the United States. President Barack Obama arrived in Hangzhou for the G-20 summit to attempt to literally "revive the dead," in the form of his Trans-Pacific Partnership, which aims to isolate China economically and politically. In his bilateral talk with Xi Jinping, Obama sought to intensify the conflicts by pressuring Beijing to abide by the Permanent Arbitration Panel ruling on the South China Sea, originally brought by the Philippines government, but which the new government wishes to abandon, in favor of a partnership in development with China.
Obama's TPP is so unpopular back in the United States that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he will not allow it to come to a vote this year, and both Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton have denounced it.
Western Europe is caught up in a banking and political crisis, intensified by the recent British "Brexit" vote, and the trans-Atlantic financial oligarchy is scrambling to avert a blowout far worse than 2008. This factor has reduced the ability of those nations, including Great Britain and the United States, that wish to defend the old order – what many called the "Washington Consensus" – to wreck the new paradigm coming into being, centered in Eurasia.
On the eve of the G-20 summit, Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche issued a call for the meeting to fully take up the mission to transform the One Belt, One Road program into the World Landbridge, fully integrating the Western Hemisphere and all of Europe into the new paradigm of development. That should become the agenda for all nations of the world in the immediate period ahead.
Further reading: China Intends to Put New Financial and Economic Architecture on Top of the Agenda of G20 Summit
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+++ 21. Dezember 2016 +++
Terror: Obama Issues Threats to Kill
On receiving the first reports, on Dec. 19, of the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov in Turkey, American economist Lyndon LaRouche declared: “Put Obama on the list of suspects.”