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In this week's Australian Alert Service
17 May 2017

Belt and Road is history in the making

The hand of friendship China extended to the world in 2013, President Xi Jinping's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, was firmly grasped by scores of nations who participated in the historic Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on 14-15 May. Among the attendees were the UN Secretary General, 29 heads of government from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and Oceania, delegations from 110 countries in total, and a host of non-government participants including Schiller Institute chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche, whose two decades of tireless championing of the Eurasian Land-Bridge/New Silk Road concept underlying OBOR has earned her the title of the "Silk Road Lady" (p. 4).

Sometimes history happens in front of our eyes, but we miss it, and only recognise it in retrospect. A number of nations are in danger of missing the historical significance of OBOR, sadly including Australia. Despite the fact that China is our largest trading partner, that OBOR is anchored in our own Asia-Pacific region, and that President Xi personally addressed the Australian parliament to invite our participation, the Australian government was lukewarm in its response. Representing Australia was not the prime minister, but a standoffish federal Trade Minister Steve Ciobo, and a much more enthusiastic Victorian State Premier Daniel Andrews, who brokered a number of deals on behalf of his state. The United States is also in danger of missing the importance of OBOR, former president Obama having spent his presidency undermining China at every turn; but in a promising, lastminute development, President Donald Trump sent a delegation headed by Matthew Pottinger, a senior director of his National Security Council, who addressed the summit and declared that American companies are ready to participate.

Western media coverage, reflecting the failing AngloAmerican strategic outlook, insists that OBOR is more than economic, that China has an imperial ulterior motive of expanding its power and influence. China and its most enthusiastic partners don't deny there is a larger significance to OBOR, they proclaim it. Like the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, and the 1945 United Nations Treaty, OBOR is intended to be the basis of a new order of peaceful and prosperous international relations. In his speech to the summit, President Xi declared: "[W]e should build the Belt and Road into a road for peace. We should foster a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation; and we should forge partnerships of dialogue with no confrontation and of friendship rather than alliance." Russian president Vladimir Putin said in his speech that "we cannot resolve modern challenges by using old approaches. We need new ideas." OBOR could be a "role model" for the global community, he urged.

Citizens of Australia, the UK and the USA are supposed to distrust such words, solely because of who says them, and not judge them on their merits. And what are those merits? For starters, infrastructure projects worth more than a trillion dollars! That trillion dollars is not a cost, it's a trillion dollars that is going into transformative railways and ports instead of into more of the insane and dangerous derivatives speculation that has bankrupted the trans-Atlantic economy. Secondly, nations cooperating on transformative physical infrastructure projects that boost livings standards, rather than being manipulated into conflicts. Thirdly, a new international economic order, based on respect for national sovereignty and a commitment to economic advancement, which can replace the current Anglo-American order that has enforced the global economic dictatorship of banks and multinational corporations through free trade, globalisation and permanent war.

Even in the USA and UK, there is growing goodwill towards OBOR. The elites see it as a threat to their order, but everyday citizens, who increasingly despise those elites, are capable of recognising the historic opportunity for change. History doesn't just happen though, it is made by people, and it will be our determination, to pursue every opportunity and oppose every effort at sabotage, which will ensure OBOR takes all of humanity into a new era.

Articles include the following:

  • China's 'project of the century' opens new cooperative framework
  • Creating a prosperous and peaceful community for mankind
  • The Belt and Road becomes the World Land-Bridge
  • Schiller Institute message covered in Chinese press
  • Wall Street, Goldman Sachs doesn't want Glass-Steagall
  • Historical proof ring-fencing won't work
  • A victim of City Bank tells his story
  • President Trump goes to war—against the FBI boss
  • Moon and the Sunshine Policy win South Korean election
  • UK election campaign tells story of the many and the few
  • Ukraine: Nazi attack opposition politicians
  • Appeal by Vitrenko to Merkel, Putin, Trump, and Poroshenko
  • Statement by Dr Natalia Vitrenko after the 9 May attacks
  • Azov neo-Nazis continue persecution of PSPU
  • Trump ignores media hysteria, pursues détente with Russia
  • Trump must ditch the Blair doctrine
  • Blair advocates interference in sovereign nations
  • Italian PM calls for new Peace of Westphalia
  • Libs try to assuage public with bank-bashing budget
  • Australia's Belt and Road future
  • ALMANAC: The Manchester Project: Soul of the Industrial Revolution (Part II)


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