New Silk Road Spreading World Wide, Including in the U.S. — Which Is Why Trump Is Under Attack
New Silk Road Spreading World Wide, Including in the U.S. — Which Is Why Trump Is Under Attack from LaRouche Pac
As world leaders return to their home countries from the historic Belt and Road International Forum in Bejing, they are pronouncing far and wide that a new paradigm for world affairs has been established, both economically and culturally. In a very real sense, the title of the EIR Special Report from 2014 — The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge — has become a reality.
In Europe, the Italians are putting together, with Chinese help, a new North Adriatic Port Association, together with Slovenia and Croatia, which will upgrade ports and build rail connections through to Eastern and Western Europe. The Greeks, with Chinese help, are planning a second rail route from the newly expanded Piraeus Port (upgraded by China), running up the west coast into the Balkans. Czech President Milos Zeman mocked those who complain that the Belt and Road is dividing Europe, saying that it is already horribly divided, but can be united through the common mission of the Silk Road. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said many countries were sick of lectures on human rights and free markets, and that the “old model of globalization is dead,” as the Silk Road is creating a development-based global paradigm.
In Asia, Japan is now discussing joining the AIIB and an exchange of visits between Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe, urged on by President Trump. Philippine President Duterte is planning to revive joint development of the rich resources of the South China Sea with China and Vietnam, now that Obama’s plan for war in the South China Sea has been rejected across Asia, and by the Trump Administration.
In Ibero-America, the head of a United Nations agency, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, praised the Belt and Road as “a renewal of the profound commitment to the values that are fundamental for our global economic and social well being,” and called on all the member nations to “harness the potential that this One Belt One Road has for redefining capitalism through people’s equality and dignity.” The head of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, declared that Ibero-America is now very much part of the Silk Road initiative, which is “not only a limited group of countries, but the entire world.”
In Africa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the Belt and Road “opens the door for developing and emerging economies to contribute to global economic growth.” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that “The Belt and Road Initiative gives our continent the opportunity to make a paradigm shift. Post-colonial Africa has been stuck in a rut. Being part of One Belt allows the continent to move to a new platform, through which global collaboration will allow for value-addition, innovation and increased prosperity.”