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Presenting Our New “World Land-Bridge” Report in Portugal and Spain

Nov. 25—A Schiller Institute team visited Portugal and Spain from Nov. 12-20 to present the new SI report “The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge, A Shared Future for Humanity; Vol. II”—the Schiller Institute’s overall strategic vision, and concretely Lyndon LaRouche’s policy solutions to the global crisis. The visit intersected animated policy discussion in both countries preparatory to the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Spain on Nov. 28-29, immediately prior to the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires, and to Portugal on Dec. 4-5.

Reflecting the activities of the Schiller Institute organizers in Portugal, the Macauhub.com economic website, established by the Macau Special Administrative Region to report on China’s economic and trade ties to Portuguese-speaking countries, on Nov. 19 prominently covered the new SI report under the headline “Iberian Peninsula Can Be `Bridge’ of the Belt and Road Strategy for Africa and Latin America.”

Macauhub reported that, “according to a new study that was recently released,” the “New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge: A Shared Future for Mankind,” the Iberian Peninsula “could become a bridge for the Belt and Road strategy to reach Africa and Latin America, with a `critical point’ in the Portuguese port of Sines, south of Lisbon.” The new report, issued by the Schiller Institute, which “is led by Helga and Lyndon LaRouche,” … details “20 of the most pressing development projects on the agenda for the coming decades,” Macauhub noted.

Pointing to Spain’s and Portugal’s growing interest in the Belt and Road Initiative, it added that, in the last year, the two nations have “been actively working on specific proposals and projects to make this prospect a reality.”

Macauhub quoted more extensively from the report, and explained that the Spanish port of Algeciras, and the Portuguese port of Sines, are two of the “critical points” for the interface between the Silk Road Economic Belt with the Maritime Silk Road “which will extend to the West, across the Atlantic, to Ibero-America, the Caribbean and the United States as well as south toward Africa.” (See, “Iberian Peninsula can be “bridge” of the Belt and Road strategy for Africa and Latin America“)

As for Spain, the Schiller team found in its discussions with people in Valencia, a port city which is being transformed by its role as one of the top Mediterranean ports for the Belt and Road, as well as in Spain’s capital, Madrid, that intense organizing is underway in Spain to link up with the New Silk Road. What was exciting was to find that discussion is going on not only on how Spain’s internal development can benefit through participating in the Belt and Road, but also on the potential for jointly developing Northern Africa, in particular.

The Nov. 20 presentation at Madrid’s Club Siglo XXI by the 82-year-old head of Spain’s Cátedra China think-tank, Marcelo Muñoz exemplified the discussions taking place in Spain preparatory to President Xi’s visit. Muñoz presented the new world order emerging under the Belt and Road Initiative to a packed audience of 150 top Spanish and foreign diplomats (including China’s ambassador to Spain), businessmen, trade unionists, and sinologists. Joining Muñoz on the panel were two former Spanish ambassadors to China. Two representatives of the international Schiller Institute, Dennis and Gretchen Small. were also present in the audience and participated in the Q&A session.

Muñoz gave an extensive, well-documented review of the phenomenal advances of China over recent decades in all areas of domestic and international economics, in which he emphasized China’s commitment to innovation, technological advance, scientific activity, and global cooperation with other nations. The highlight of his remarks was a discussion of how the New Silk Road is creating the new world of the 21st century, which he illustrated with the signature World Land-Bridge map from the

Schiller Institute’s new Special Report (without identifying the source). He highlighted four projects: the Bering Strait tunnel; the Kra Canal; the Darien Gap; and the Gibraltar Strait tunnel –with the latter receiving enthusiastic support in further discussion from the floor.

Concern over the direction of China policy under Trump, and how to ensure no conflict ensues between the US and China, was a major element of the presentations by Muñoz and the other panelists. Spain’s three-time ambassador to China Eugenio Bregolat stated that there are both sane voices in and around the administration and also hawkish ones (mentioning trade advisor Peter Navarro by name). He counterposed the U.S. reaction to China’s development today, to how the United States under John F. Kennedy responded “confidently” to the Sputnik shock, by leap-frogging ahead in science and technology of its own. America should do the same today, Bregolat emphasized, and not try to stop China’s progress.

The last written question chosen to be answered was that of Dennis Small, on the Schiller Institute’s commitment to getting the United States on board with the New Silk Road and how the speakers thought win-win cooperation in that regard would work. The question as read addressed the question of the U.S. role in the New Silk Road, although not mentioning the Schiller Institute.

Both Muñoz and Bregolat agreed that such cooperation is the solution; America should join with confidence. Munoz emphasized the common basis for cooperation which lies in the realm of scientific cooperation, noting that Confucian philosophy is critical to that common endeavor.


Sputnik France Covers Schiller Institute Nov 6 Paris conference

Paris, Nov. 24Maxime Perrotin from Sputnik France, authored two in-depth articles covering the ideas presented at the Schiller Institute’s November 6 conference in Paris. Our conference was held to announce the publication of the French edition of the Institute’s report The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge Vol. 2.

The first article was entitled, “The Chinese economic miracle, a defeat of the West’s neo-liberal model” and published on November 2. The second article was published on November 23, entitled, “The new Chinese silk roads also go through … Africa,” and starts with the provocative question: what’s the connection between a canal in the African Rift, the Port of Gwadar in Pakistan and the idea of the coincidence of opposites of Nicolas of Cusa, a German thinker of the middle ages? Answer? The BRI initiative of president Xi Jinping. The article said, Helga Zepp-LaRouche started the conference with the provocative statement, “This dossier contains the solutions to all the major problems that we are undergoing in this planet.”

Zepp-LaRouche outlined the enormous scale of the project, in terms of countries which have joined and overall investments, noting however that it is not a one way road: president Xi Jinping in his opening statements to the China international import export fair in Shanghai early November stated that China would “import” the equivalent of 40,000 billion dollars in the course of the following 15 years! She qualified the project as “the most important at a strategic level on the planet today,” because of its win/win cooperation, the idea that no country is to dominate another one, and because of its adoption of the peaceful coexistence principles laid down by the Bandung conference of the non aligned movement, of 1955, such as respect of sovereignty and peaceful coexistence.

The BRI is not Chinese, reports Perrotin citing Schiller Institute Africa advisor, Sebastien Périmony, who said it has sparked up the desire everywhere to “develop Africa.” After outlining the achievements of the last FOCAC conference in Beijing, Périmony presented ongoing projects promoted carried out by Europeans in Africa such as the Lake Chad Bonifica/Power China studies of feasibility, but also the Inga 3 hydroelectric plant in DRC with participation of a Spanish firm, ACS. But also projects that France could take up: such as the Togo, Niger, Burkina, Ivory Coast loop, which can be coupled to the trans-sahelien Nouakchott-N’Djamena railway.

Perrotin reports also that the Schiller Institute rejects the West’s accusations that China is leading countries into a debt trap, reporting that Zepp-LaRouche turns those attacks around against the IMF and its conditionalities. The author also picked up on the fact that in the 1990’s Lyndon and Helga LaRouche campained, at the end of the cold war, for a Eurasian landbridge. This was their response to the collapse of the Soviet Union, a peace project for the 21st century which would have used the COMECON industrial capacities to relaunch the economy of the former East bloc; a project that was killed by Bush, Mitterrand and Thatcher whose shock-therapy lead to a rapid deindustrialization of the former communist countries.

For Helga LaRouche, Xi Jinping’s concept of “a shared community of principle for all humanity,” is a conception coincident with the thinking of Nicolas of Cuse, and his coincidence of the opposites.


The Schiller Institute’s New Silk Road Dossier in French Presented in Paris

The French edition of the Schiller Institute report “New Silk Roads Becomes the World Land-Bridge Vol II,” was presented on Nov. 6 at a Paris seminar. Among the 100 participants were representatives of 10 embassies from Europe, Africa and Eurasia, Chinese and Russian media, strategic analysts, and African associations particularly interested by the industrialization perspective for their continent.

This dossier will help to counter the negative propaganda about the New Silk Road promoted by many of the national think tanks and media in France, including the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), which just published a very hostile report. While the French government is open to participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, it is so far only involved in small joint projects in the area of artificial intelligence, and a couple of joint projects in Namibia and Cambodia.

Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche opened the seminar, followed by representatives of the French Schiller Institute who gave brief outlines on the contents. Helga Zepp-LaRouche noted that the Schiller Institute’s dossier, with its development projects for Africa, the Middle East, and the rest of the world, offers the solutions to the major crises of today, including the threat of a new financial crash, the refugee flows, and world peace. In the same vein, the Belt and Road Initiative, based on the principle of win-win cooperation, proposes an alternative to geopolitics, which seeks to impose the interests of one country or group of countries (empire) on others. Zepp-LaRouche drew a parallel between Xi Jinping’s idea of a “shared community of principle for the future of humanity” and the philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa of the “coincidence of opposites”, where humanity is thought of as a “One”, which is of a higher magnitude than the “Many”.

Odile Mojon went through the 40-year historic role of Lyndon and Helga Zepp-LaRouche in the emergence of this Eurasian perspective, going back to the fights of the non-aligned movement in the 70s and the 80s and up to the emergence today of the BRICS group and China's New Silk Road. Karel Vereycken presented the secrets of the Chinese development model, which has nothing to do with British free trade, but much more with centralized long-term planning that regulates the market, such as guided the New Deal in the US and the French planning tradition.

Sebastien Périmony went through the rapid industrialization occurring in Africa as a result of Chinese investments, a situation that is creating panic in France whose market shares plunged from 11% to 5,5% between 2000 and 2017, while the Chinese share rose from 3% in 2001 to 18% last year. Périmony debunked the “debt trap” campaign designed to discredit Chinese initiatives, and concluded by presenting a few large infrastructure projects like the Trans-Sahelian Noukchott-Ndjamena railway, which would give France an excellent opportunity to engage with China in joint African projects.


Helga Zepp-LaRouche in Paris: “It’s now or never for the New Silk Road”

On the occasion of the release of the French version of the Schiller Institute’s report “The New Silk Road becomes the World Landbridge,” Helga Zepp-LaRouche presents the urgency of making this new paradigm a reality.

 

 

Image credit: Getfunky Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eiffel_Tower_and_Pont_Alexandre_III_at_night_(banner_esVoy).jpg


Successful Berlin Seminar: “Felix Yemen” instead of Genocide!

On Oct. 13, the Schiller Institute and  INSAN for Human Rights and Peace organized a joint seminar in  Berlin on “A Future for Yemen: Instead of Geopolitical Destruction — A New Paradigm for Reconstruction and Development with the New Silk Road for Southwest Asia and Africa.” Sixty people attended the half-day event, both German contacts and members, and Yemeni INSAN activists, among them many youth. It was a truly moving event, as the horror and humanitarian disaster was contrasted with the beautiful vision of reconstruction as worked out in Operation Felix by Hussein Askary, who attended as a speaker. His remarks gave people a true spark of the sublime — that it is possible to save humanity in the current breakdown of the old, dying global system and to take the future into one’s own hands.

After a short greeting by Elke Fimmen, a Schiller Institute chorus of Berlin and Dresden members sang {Dona Nobis Pacem}, to great effect on the audience. Elke then read Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s special greeting to the conference; followed by Aiman Al Mansour, who introduced the aim of his organization INSAN — INSAN means human being — and appealed to everybody to open their heart and soul, and consider mankind as a whole, giving the victims of the present genocide in Yemen a voice.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche called the events in Yemen a crime against humanity, with the Western governments and media being accomplices in it. When people said, after the Nazi Holocaust, that they did not know about it, today nobody can claim he or she did not know what is going on, even with the scarce reports. With 18 million of Yemen’s 29 million people threatened by famine, among them millions of children, Western governments continue to deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia. Now, with the likely murder of Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. senators talk about the Magnitsky Act. “But for each child dying of hunger in Yemen the Magnitsky Act must be applied!” Nevertheless, there is reason for optimism, because China’s Belt and Road policy has changed the strategic situation already, and this means also a concrete perspective for the reconstruction of Yemen in the near future, as can be seen in Syria and the Horn of Africa. She ended by saying, “Let us be warrior-angels in Friedrich Schiller’s sense and fight for a better order for all of humanity, which is in cohesion with our true identity as one mankind. Nobody in this world is secure, unless the people of Yemen are not secure and cannot realize their potential for happiness.”

After this introduction, in the first xsession, presentations were given by representatives of INSAN:
On the consequences of the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen (Abdullatif ElWashali); a very dramatic picture by psychiatrist Dr. Hussein Al-Warith on the psychology of war trauma among children in Yemen and the difficulties to deal with it. How can these children contribute to rebuild their country in the future? Finally, Mohammad Abo Taleb spoke on the consequences of the blockade. Engeline Kramer, a long-time peace activist with a personal connection to Yemeni students, blasted the German government’s non-position on this horrible war.

The first part of the seminar was ended with a discussion and a short video on the school bus massacre of 40 school children on Aug. 9, by a missile built by Lockheed Martin and launched by the Saudi “coalition.”

After the break, Elke Fimmen spoke on the strategic situation and the need to replace the bankrupt old order with a new paradigm, asking the question “Is mankind morally fit to survive?” She attacked today’s culture of death, from which we have to free ourselves and build a beautiful future.

After an overview video on the damage done in Yemen, Hussein Askary then presented Operation Felix, the reconstruction plan for Yemen in the context of the New Silk Road. He first described (as in his June 30-July 1 Schiller Institute conference speech in Bad Soden) the history of why Yemen was the poorest country in the region all along, and said that, before the war, nothing had been invested into the real economy and agriculture in decades, due to the IMF/World Bank policy, and the idea that earning money from oil exports would be enough.

So, when the war started, the country was basically lost.

Askary then presented Yemen’s position on the crossroads of the Belt and Road and showed the plans for the main development corridor projects for Yemen, especially the North-South railroad from Saa’da to Aden, which, concerning the very mountainous territory, is comparable to the one in Ethiopia, which China is building and plans to complete within four years. He stressed that it will be mostly up to the intellectuals and to the youth — who make up 50% of the present Yemeni population — half of them under 18 years old! –to build the country’s future and learn from the lessons of the past.

Askary’s appeal to have a clear vision for the future, so you can fight for it, clearly struck a response with those attending. One of the points made in the discussion was the need to make this project known to a broader population in Yemen, to give people a vision in this horrible situation, which can remoralize them; there was also discussion on how to sustain such a program in the longer run, so that one is not dependent on the outside. All of this led to an extremely fruitful and frank discussion. People expressed afterwards their gratitude for the seminar. Especially some of the young people were visibly excited about the perspective that Askary presented.

Here is the speech by Hussein Askary:

 


Prominent leaders endorse LaRouche’s New Bretton Woods

The following list of elected officials, scientists, professors, military leaders, musicians, authors, labor leaders, and more have endorsed the Schiller Institute’s petition, The Leaders of the United States, China, Russia, and India Must Take Action!  To read the full petition, or add your own signature, click here.

Elected Representatives active or former federal, state, and local elected officials

Government Officials active or former military, diplomats, ambassadors, etc

Organizational Leaders leaders in labor, agriculture, industry, and business organizations

Political, Religious, or Social Leaders 

Leaders in the Arts and Sciences scientists, technologists, professors, and musicians

 


We, the undersigned, appeal to President Trump, President Putin, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi, to convoke an emergency summit in order to create a New Bretton Woods global monetary system.


 

Elected Representatives
(active or former federal, state, and local elected officials)

Senator Richard Black (USA) • Sitting Virginia State Senator (Republican, District 13)

Hon. Gianni Tonelli (Italy) • Sitting member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Lega Nord party

Prof. Ivo Christov (Bulgaria) • Sitting Member of the Bulgarian parliament for the Socialist Party, member of the Foreign Policy, and Science and Education committees

U.S. Senator Mike Gravel (USA) • Two-term Democratic senator for the state of Alaska (1969-1981); famously read classified Pentagon Papers at a Congressional hearing to expose failure of the Vietnam War policy

Dr. Natalia Vitrenko (Ukraine) • Chair of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine; member of parliament with the Socialist Party of Ukraine (1995-1998) and then with the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine (1998-2002)

Congressman Cornelius Gallagher (USA) • Democratic Congressman representing New Jersey (1959-1972)

Viktor Marchenko (Ukraine) • Former member of parliament, Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine

Dr. Kirk Meighoo (Trinidad & Tobago) • Former Senator, Trinidad & Tobago; member of the advisory board of the Caribbean Integrationist

Senator William “Bill” Owens (USA) • Former Massachusetts State Senator (1975-1982, 1989-1992), Democratic party

Souad Sbai (Italy) • Former member of Italian National Parliament

Commissioner Robert Van Hee (USA) • Sitting County Commissioner, District 4 Redwood County, Minnesota

Councilwoman Elena Fontana (Italy) • Former City Councilwoman, Italia-Montichiari (Brescia)

Mayor Henry Gonzalez (USA) • Former Mayor of South Gate, California, founder and former President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

Guy N. Martin (USA) • Former Mayor pro tem of Conroe, TX; Attorney in TX;  Former Financial Advisor for AG Edwards

 

Government Officials
(active or former military, diplomats, ambassadors, etc)

General Edwin de la Fuente Jeria (Bolivia) • Former Commander-in-Chief, Bolivian Armed Forces

Dr. Julio C. Gonzalez (Argentina) • Former Technical Secretary to the Argentine Presidency

Major General (ret) Kostas X. Konstantinidis (Greece) • Co-founder of the Non Governmental Organization “Amphiktyonia of Ecumenical Hellenism”

Alain Corvez (France) • Advisor on international strategy

James George Jatras (USA) • Former diplomat; former adviser to Republican Senate leadership

Jacques Bacamurwanko (Guinea) • Former Ambassador of Burundi to the USA; now serving as Capacity Building Expert (Chef du Département “Suivi-Evaluation”) National Capacity Building Secretariat in Guinea

Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos (Greece) • Former ambassador;  former Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

Vasant Bharath (Trinidad & Tobago) • Former Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment

 

Organizational Leaders
(leaders in labor, agriculture, industry, and business organizations)

Daisuke Kotegawa (Japan) • Research Director, Canon Institute; Former Executive Director for Japan IMF

Dr. Walter Formento (Argentina) • Director, Center for Economic and Political Research

Jean-Pierre Gerard (France) • Former member of the Council of Monetary Policies of the Banque de France; entrepreneur

John Lampl (USA) • Vice-President (retired) of the AFL-CIO, North Dakota; former District President of North Dakota Democratic Party

Rich (John R) Anderson (USA) • Former director of the National Cattlemen’s Association; former member of the Texas Republican Executive Committee; former County Chairman of the Republican Party

Trustee George Bioletto (USA) • International Association of Machinists, Long Beach, CA

Francis Kelly (USA) • Farm Bureau in Wyoming; county chair in the Republican Party

Tate Ulsaker Nelson (New Zealand) • International Trade Consultant; founder of Direct Info

Denys Pluvinage (France) • President of Apopsix Editing company

Jean-Michel St. Jean (USA) • Haitian National Congress, Inc.

 

Political, Religious, or Social Leaders

Helga Zepp-LaRouche (Germany) • Founder of the Schiller Institute; founder and chairwoman of the German Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität party (BüSo) (Civil Rights Movement Solidarity)

Fouad Alghaffari (Yemen) • Head of the Preparatory Committee of the New Silk Road Party in Yemen; President of the Yemeni BRICS Youth Cabinet

Reverend Andrew Ashdown (UK) • Anglican Priest; author, The Very Stones Cry Out; leader of the first British community group to visit Aleppo following the beginning of the Syrian conflict

Ellen Brown (USA) • Attorney; chairman of the Public Banking Institute; author of twelve books, including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution

Ali Rastbeen (France) • President of the Geopolitical Academy of Paris

Chris Fogarty (USA) • Former Vice President of the Friends of Irish Freedom; author of The Mass Graves of Ireland: 1845-1850 and Ireland 1845-1850: the Perfect Holocaust, and Who Kept it Perfect

Fred Huenefeld, Jr. (USA) • Louisiana State Democratic Party Committee

Jacques Cheminade (France) • President of Solidarité et Progrès

Tom Gillesberg (Denmark) • Chairman of The Schiller Institute in Denmark

Liliana Gorini (Italy) • Chairwoman of Movimento Internazionale per i Diritti Civili – Solidarietà (MoviSol)

Antonio “Butch” Valdes (Philippines) • Founder of the Philippines LaRouche Society; Initiator of the Citizens National Guard, Philippines

Ramasimong Phillip Tsokolibane (South Africa) • Leader of LaRouche South Africa

Abdus Sattar Ghazali (USA) • Editor, American Muslim Perspective; former News Editor of Daily News, Kuwait; former correspondent of Associated Press and the Daily Dawn of Pakistan

Michael P. Collins (USA) • Author of Saving American Manufacturing and The Manufacturer’s Guide to Business Marketing; writer for Forbes Magazine and Industry Week

George/Vladislav Krasnow (USA/Russia) • Russian American Goodwill Association

Mike Robinson (UK) • Editor, UK Column, Plymouth, UK

Dr. James Hufferd, (USA) • 911 Truth Grassroots Organization, Adel, Iowa

Mary Sullivan (USA) • Irish American activist, Chicago, Illinois

 

Leaders in the Arts and Sciences
(scientists, technologists, professors, and musicians)

Dr. Eduardo M.A. Peixoto (Brazil) • Ph.D. and Prof. of Chemistry, University of São Paulo; former Superintendent of Technical Consultancy, Nat’l Development Bank (BNDES); former Brazilian representative to WHO

Dr. Jorge Alberto Montenegro (Argentina) • Professor of International Trade, FASTA University

Professor Bong Wie (USA) • Vance Coffman Endowed Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University; founding director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Collaboration

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Knorr (Germany) • Professor of Nuclear Energy Technology, Technical University of Dresden (TUD); Director of the Institute for Energy Technology of the TUD; President of the Kerntechnischen Gesellschaft; Board Member of the German Atomic Forum; Board Member of European Nuclear Society

Gian Marco Sanna (UK) • Founder of the Geminiani Project, focused on restoring the original classical music tuning of 432 hz; leader of the Camerata Geminiani

Dr. Rainer Sandau (Germany) • Technical Director Satellites and Space Applications, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

Chief Scientist Wayne Moore, Ph.D (USA) • Accel Algorithmics; NASA (ret.)

Tom Wysmuller (USA) • NASA (ret.); meteorologist

Professor Lilya Takumbetova (Russia) • Retired Associate Professor at Bashkir State Pedagogical University

Professor Cathy M. Helgason, M.D. (USA) • Retired Professor of Neurology University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Roger Boyer (USA) • Retired principal science and engineering technician at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC)


China Brings UHV Technology to Brazil’s Electrical Grid

Aug. 21 –The ultra-high voltage (UHV) cable lines China’s State Grid company and local Brazilian companies such as Tractebel are now putting up to transmit electricity from the huge Belo Monte dam on the Brazilian-Bolivian border in the Amazon region down to power-short southeastern city of Rio de Janeiro, is a great step forward for the Belt and Road Initative in Ibero-America, the Portuguese-language edition of {People’s Daily} reported yesterday.

The transmission lines, which will provide power to Rio de Janeiro and vicinity, are the second phase of the Belo Monte project which radical environmentalists did everything in their power to stop. China’s Ambassador to Brazil Li Jinzhang told {People’s Daily} that China’s UHV technology is “a calling card of `Made in China’…. This is the first time that China applies UHV technology abroad. Its construction inaugurates a new historic stage, which marks the recognition by other countries of UHV technology and other technologies created in China. Through the Belo Monte  project, Brazil’s government, businesses and local population expressed the will and interest in deepening mutually beneficial cooperation which is advantageous to all.”

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu has called China’s development of UHV technology a “Sputnik moment” for the U.S., the {Financial Times} reported on June 6, 2018. “China has the best transmission lines in terms of the highest voltage and lowest loss. They can transmit electricity over 2,000km and lose only 7% of the energy. If we transmitted over 200km we would lose more than that,” Chu stated.


China Prepared To Jump Right into Reconstruction of Syria

July 29 –China will play a major role in the reconstruction of Syria, which nation lies on the New Silk Road, at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, Europe and Africa.

China hasd already pledged $2 billion to invest in Syrian industry last year, and in July announced a further $23 billion in loans and aid for the Arab region, including Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and others.

But there is already a deeper process underway for China to play a significant role in the reconstruction of Syria, which the World Bank estimates could cost $250 billion.

According to {Guangming News} of May 7, 2017, in an article entitled, “China’s First Post-War Reconstruction Conference in Syria,” there were two conferences in Spring 2017, one in Syria, one in China, to work on targetted areas for real growth.

From April 14-21, 2017, at the invitation of the Syrian government, Qin Yong, deputy chairman of the China Arab Exchange Association visited Damascus and Homs in Syria. Qin reported, “We are the first Chinese delegation to visit Syria to discuss post-war reconstruction and have received a high-standard reception from the Syrian authorities.” He cited positively the security and safety in Damascus, Homs, Latakia, and those regions under government contol, “the confidence and enthusiasm of the Syrian government and people for reconstruction,” and “the Syrian government’s and people’s desire to invite Chinese companies to participate in reconstruction is stronger than expected.”

On May 4, 2017, a conference, “Syria’s Security Situation and Reconstruction Opportunities–China Arab Exchange Association’s Visit to Syria,” took place in Beijing, where Qin reported back on his Syria trip, and presented his findings and the reconstruction possibilities. Syrian Ambassador to China Imad Mustafa also spoke, praising China as “the first protagonist for the future reconstruction of Syria.”

The China Arab Exchange Association (which is backed by the China State Council) also issued a series of reconstruction projects in Syria’s infrastructure, electricity, building materials, agriculture, etc. Reportedly as many as 1,000 Chinese companies are involved, including some of the leading Chinese companies in harbor engineering, steel, hydropower, metallurgy, aircraft, and agriculture.

{Guangming Daily} mentioned that concerning Syria, several business representatives have “expressed their willingness to shoulder the glorious mission of the Belt and Road Initative.”

The Russians have ideas for power development in Syria, which could include nuclear power.


Now Available: The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge, Vol. II

We are happy to announce the publication of this second volume, “The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge: A Shared Future for Humanity,” in which we bring you an updated picture of the progress of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, including detailed region-by-region analysis and newly updated maps.


Schiller Institute Conference in Bad Soden: Panel 2

The second panel of the Schiller Institute conference of June 30-July 1 entitled, “How the Belt and Road Initiative is Changing Africa,” features an in-depth look at the great potential for economic growth in the continents of Africa and Southwest Asia made possible by the spirit of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Presentations by diplomats, economic experts and historians focused on the refugee crisis, the need for economic development to address the root of war and the displacement of people, and the potential for Africa to become the world’s next economic superpower with the implementation of great projects like the Transaqua water project.


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