BRI’s Role In Peace Explained
The Schiller Institute hosted a high-level seminar in Berlin on August 29, to provide a truthful report on the significance, and the progress, of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), especially regarding developments in Southwest Asia and Africa. Around 45 people were present, including representatives of the Mittlestand, diplomatic community, and other institutions. A visiting delegation of scholars from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), an important academic organisation and research centre, presented papers on the role of the BRI in stabilising the region through economic development. A common theme of virtually all presentations was that, for peace, it is necessary there be a commitment to real economic development, centred on advances in science and application of new technologies.
Moderator Stephan Ossenkopf from the Schiller Institute opened the event by emphasising that there was an urgent need for a ‘rational dialogue’ on what the Chinese were actually doing, as opposed to the negative reports in the Western media. The BRI is not a unilateral, imperial project, but one which is comprehensive and inclusive.
The keynote, by Institute Chairperson Helga Zepp LaRouche, expanded on this, noting that the BRI is “the most important strategic policy on the agenda“. The speed of its growth in the last six years has been amazing, and is of particular importance for rebuilding the war-torn nations of Southwest Asia, and overcoming the suppression of nations in Africa, where Europe could have contributed to their industrialisation, but obviously has not. Instead of allowing the opponents of development to turn China into an ‘enemy’, it must be seen that what China is doing is necessary for peace and stability, and should be joined by Western governments, especially the US. Reviewing the present strategic crisis, which has worsened, due to the unleashing by the British Empire of destabilisation around the world, including against China, Iran, etc., Zepp LaRouche said that Europe, which has an important role to play, was leading nations to free themselves from geopolitical strategic orientation. For example, she spoke of the tremendous potential for German small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in joint ventures in third countries, noting that the policies of the present government do not favour that potential. She emphasised that key to creating change in the Trans-Atlantic region is to inspire optimism, by stressing on the potential unleashed by especially the new initiatives in space exploration. “We must think at least 50 years ahead”, she said while rejecting the pessimism which is being spread by the Greenies and the financiers, who back them.
The speakers from the CASS were: delegation leader Professor Tang on ‘China’s Concept on Security and Middle East Security’, who provided a broad view of the approach of the BRI; Professor Yu, who spoke on ‘BRI and the Peace between Palestine and Israel’, emphasising the importance of economic development for Palestine, which is essential to realise the two-state solution to the ongoing crisis; Professor Wang, on ‘BRI in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) and Gulf Security’; Dr Wei on ‘Iraq’s Reconstruction and China’s Role’, in which he highlighted the difficulties in rebuilding a nation which was subjected to a war which destroyed much of its infrastructure; and Dr Zhu, who spoke on ‘BRI in Egypt and China-Egypt Co-operation’, presenting an optimistic evaluation of how the co-operation between the two states has provided tangible benefits.
Other speakers from the Schiller Institute were Hussein Askary, who presented an impassioned report on progress of the BRI in the two regions; and Claudio Celani, whose report on the February 2018 Abuja Conference on Transaqua provided a concrete picture of what is possible with international co-operation, and also the obstacles created by international financial institutions and their geopolitical strategies which must be overcome.
There were questions from the audience after each presentation, evidence of a hunger for real solutions, and a desire to draw out more of the thinking of the representatives from the CASS. Several questions were directed to Helga Zepp-LaRouche, including one on Malthusianism, another on the India-Pakistan crisis. Lively discussion continued even after the conclusion of the event.
Boundless Ocean of Politics has received this article from Mr Christopher Lewis of the Schiller Institute, Frankfurt, Germany.
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