Great Power Cooperation To Return to Westphalian Principles
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—The ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York City is becoming an important forum for thrashing out the crucial ideas of statecraft needed to put an end to the era of British geopolitics and globaloney, and, above all, to define the principles of physical economy required for mankind’s survival.
Not least of which is the crucial input of the LaRouche movement—both in the streets outside the UN and among the delegations on the inside—of LaRouche’s science of physical economy and his call for the creation of a New Bretton Woods through the bankruptcy reorganization of the currently dying system.
As part of this discussion process, China’s semi-official Global Times yesterday editorialized on President Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly, praising his defense of national sovereignty but adding that this has to go hand in hand with equality among sovereign nation-states. “Historically, the concept of sovereignty and equality among nations was born at the same time in the Peace of Westphalia, a peace treaty that first introduced and assured the equality of national sovereignty,” the editorial stated.
Another editorial in the Chinese media, this one in China Daily, spoke to the urgency of the U.S. and China cooperating on shaping a win-win future for all mankind, and stressed that the real danger of “tit-for-tat” trade sanctions and other conflicts is not the specifics of each issue, but “the accelerating drain on mutual goodwill” that they are causing. This is a point that Helga Zepp-LaRouche has repeatedly emphasized regarding U.S.-China relations: that the close working relationship forged by Trump and Xi Jinping is of crucial importance to solve the strategic crisis, and that both sides must fight to preserve it—especially with Trump in the cross-hairs of an ongoing attempted British coup d’état.
Zepp-LaRouche also emphasized today in her weekly German-language webcast, that the most dangerous Achilles’ heel of the entire strategic situation remains the bankruptcy of the derivatives-sodden trans-Atlantic financial system, which could implode at any time. It is therefore all the more urgent, she stressed, to make sure that leaders in every nation understand that real wealth is not the stock market or other financial instruments, but rather that real physical-economic wealth is created through the creative powers of the human mind, in a fashion uniquely explained by Lyndon LaRouche.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Urged a Return to ‘Healthy and Stable China-U.S. Relations’
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—In a Sept. 24 speech in New York at a meeting with representatives of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the U.S.-China Business Council, China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that “the accusations toward China are not true and irresponsible; if left unchecked, they will destroy the achievements of China-U.S. relations in the past 40 years, which is unfavorable for the two countries as well as the international community.”
Wang said that “healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations is critical to both countries as well as both peoples and is also indispensable for international peace, stability and development…. The most important experience gained by the two sides in the past 40 years is that only through cooperation can a win-win situation be attained, and confrontation will certainly lead to a lose-lose scenario.”
Wang furthermore stressed that “China has no intention of seeking a trade surplus and is willing to resolve trade imbalances through consultations. However, dialogue should be built on equality and integrity and cannot be carried out under threats or pressure.”
Global Times Lauds Trump Defense of National Sovereignty, and Seeks To Restore Peace of Westphalia
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—Although there is no official statement from China at this point on President Donald Trump’s UNGA speech yesterday, the last two paragraphs of the editorial in the Sept. 25 semi-official Global Times likely reflect government thinking:
“Surely, there are positive aspects, as Trump emphasized the idea of national sovereignty in his UN speech. Meanwhile, it is common sense that sovereignty will only play a positive role if it is pre-conditioned on equality, the basic principle everyone abides by. Historically, the concept of sovereignty and equality among nations was born at the same time in the Peace of Westphalia, a peace treaty that first introduced and assured the equality of national sovereignty. Nowadays, the indivisibility of sovereignty and equality bears crucial meanings to the world.
“Recently, the U.S. broke some important rules for maintaining the international system and greatly affected the multilateral system—which is a key factor in international peace and prosperity…. It is sincerely hoped that the emphasis on the positive concept of national sovereignty could awaken Washington’s reflection on international morality, and liberate it from its current strategic arrogance and egoism. President Trump addressed that the U.S. rejects ‘the ideology of globalism,’ but that should not contradict with the U.S. fulfilling its basic international responsibilities. As a country at top of the global economy, the U.S. cannot prosper without extensive cooperation with many other countries. Therefore, unilateral winning and winner-take-all strategy—which is the opposite to multilateralism and win-win strategy—will be unrealistic.”
China Daily Warns of ‘Accelerating Drain on Mutual Goodwill in U.S.-China Relations’
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—An insightful editorial in the Sept. 25 China Daily, a major international English-language publication, begins by ticking off a string of recent conflictive incidents between China and the U.S.: “tit-for-tat” trade tariffs; U.S. sanctions against China for purchasing Russian weapons; and the suspension of inter-military talks by Beijing.
“But that is not the point,” the editorial states. “That the issue is increasingly moving beyond trade is the real cause of concern, and that is where the real danger lies…. The consequences become hard to predict. That is why signs of the accelerating drain on mutual goodwill deserve serious attention from both parties.”
Helga Zepp-LaRouche has frequently warned that the most dangerous aspect of the current trade war between the two countries is that it is putting at risk the excellent personal relationship that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have developed, which is critical to the entire strategic situation.
Although not mentioned by China Daily, there are additional conflictive incidents between the two countries that have emerged over the last 48 hours:
—China’s denial of a request from the U.S. Navy’s USS Wasp F-35 carrier to make a port call in Hong Kong; and
—the State Department’s announcement of $330 million worth of arms sales to Taiwan, about which Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction” and “lodged solemn representation to the U.S. side over the move.”
On this latter, Ren Guoqiang, the spokesman for China’s Defense Ministry, stated: “Taiwan is a part of China and the one-China principle is the political foundation of China-U.S. relationship…. We strongly urge the U.S. side to abide by the one-China policy and immediately revoke arms sales to Taiwan.” He also said that the U.S. “interfered with China’s domestic affairs and harmed China’s sovereignty and security interests, and seriously damaged China-U.S. ties, relations between the two militaries, as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Chinese military expert Song Zhongping was quoted in Global Times saying the arms sale to Taiwan was a “time bomb” in China-U.S. relations, “and the fuse is in the hands of the U.S. If the U.S. continues its provocations or even directly supports ‘Taiwan independence,’ it could create potential for military conflict between the two countries,” Song stated.
President Donald Trump Makes Address to United Nations Security Council
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—In addition to chairing the UN Security Council meeting today, President Donald Trump also addressed it in his capacity as President of the United States. He used the occasion to touch on a number of themes:
1) The North Korean negotiations: Trump praised “Chairman Kim Jong-un, a man I have gotten to know and like, [who] wants peace and prosperity for North Korea…. I think you will have some very good news coming from North Korea in the coming months and years.”
2) Syria and Iran: “The Syrian regime’s butchery is enabled by Russia and Iran. The Iranian regime exports violence, terror and turmoil…. The regime is the world’s leading sponsor of terror and fuels conflict across the region and far beyond.” Trump then stated: “With all of this said, I want to thank Iran, Russia, and Syria for—at my very strong urging and request—substantially slowing down their attack on Idlib Province and the 3 million people who live there, in order to get 35,000 targeted terrorists. Get the terrorists, but I hope the restraint continues. The world is watching. Thank you also to Turkey for helping to negotiate restraint. Anything the U.S.A. can do to help resolve this problem in order to save perhaps even hundreds of thousands of lives, maybe more, we are willing and able. We are available to help.” (Admin of Brutalproof.net: I Do Not Agree With this Statement by Trump. It is Hillary Clinton and Obama as well as the Pentagon and CIA who enabled the Mercenaries from 80 Countries to butcher Syrian Christians. Russia and Iran have been actively fighting terrorists such as Al Qaida and Al Nusra. Iran has had no wars with anyone for almost 300 years. The only nation constantly at war with others and using Nuclear Bombs on others is the United States fighting Israel’s wars and Israel is a Rothschild Zionist fraud run by the Zionist Rothschilds and Zionist British Empire which includes the Financial Centers of the City of London and Wall Street.)
3) China and the 2018 U.S. elections: “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration. They do not want me, or us, to win, because I am the first President ever to challenge China on trade…. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.” (Admin: China has not interfered with any country’s policies in 5,000 years but all of a sudden they are being accused of doing so. It appears that Trump is under Zionist control because these are the kinds of statements the Zionists would insist our politicians make. They are not called the Synagogue of Satan by Jesus for nothing-all lies & deceit!)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi promptly responded to Trump’s remarks, AP reported, saying that the Chinese “do not and will not interfere” in any country’s domestic affairs, and that he refused to accept any “unwarranted accusations” against China.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, More than a Friend with U.S. President Trump
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York yesterday, and on Fox News, gave fulsome praise to President Donald Trump for his work in launching the peace and denuclearization process on the Korean Peninsula.
“Ever since my inauguration last May, I had seven summit meetings with President Trump as well as more than 20 phone calls,” Moon said. “I can tell you that I have become more than a friend with President Trump and between the two of us, there is absolutely perfect trust,” he said.
Moon said of North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un that, based on his experience, “Kim Jong-un is young, very candid and polite, treating the elders with respect. I believe that Kim Jong-un is sincere and he will abandon nuclear weapons in exchange of economic development.”
He further remarked: “Kim Jong-un said that he is well aware that a lot of people in the world still cannot trust North Korea or think North Korea is deceiving or trying to buy time, even after it took several steps to denuclearize.” However, he said that Kim had responded to these doubts: “But what can North Korea gain from deceiving or buying time? This time, please trust North Korea’s sincerity.”
Moon also observed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had had a similarly positive view of Kim after their meeting.
In his private meeting with President Trump on Sept. 24, in addition to signing the new bilateral trade agreement, Moon told Trump in regard to North Korea, “You are, indeed, the only person who can solve this problem,” and that Kim Jong-un had “repeatedly conveyed his unwavering trust and expectations for you.”
Moon and Trump discussed the possibility that the U.S. and South Korea could declare an end to the Korean War in exchange for further steps by the North. He emphasized that such a declaration would be different from a peace treaty, which would have to be negotiated after the denuclearization process. A declaration would not mean an end to the UN Command force in South Korea. The U.S. Force Command, which is separate from the UN Command, would not necessarily have to leave even with a peace treaty.
EU-China Cooperation Holds ‘Huge Potential’ Under the Belt and Road Initiative
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—The Global Times remarks, in a Sept. 25 article, that, despite warnings of the so-called Chinese debt trap, bustling ports from “Southeast Asia to Europe” provide excellent examples of how Belt and Road (BRI) projects can bring tangible benefits to those economies involved.
Global Times reporter Hu Weijia points out that under the BRI, Chinese companies have already built 40 ports, one of the most successful of which is Greece’s Piraeus port, which has greatly expanded its operations, achieving a world ranking of 36th in terms of container handling capacity, up from 93rd in 2010. She emphasizes that it has made a major contribution to Greece’s economy, of more than €600 million ($706 million) and creation of more than 10,000 new jobs.
Furthermore, Chinese shipping giant COSCO has helped boost the port’s container traffic under its plan to turn Greece into a transshipment hub for rapidly growing trade between Europe and East Asia. In fact, Hu writes, Piraeus is a perfect symbol of BRI projects “that bring tangible benefits to local economies.” China is experiencing, as well, a boom in “increased outbound investment” that has also injected new impetus into the EU economy.
She pointedly states that, “while Washington’s confusion about the BRI stands in the way of China-U.S. economic cooperation, European countries are playing an active role in the [Belt and Road] Initiative.” The “potential for economic cooperation between China and the EU under the BRI is huge, and the next step may be infrastructure investment in third-party markets to open up new trade routes in areas such as Central Asia.”
Xinhua comments that the opening, one year ago, of the Southern Transport Corridor to link Chongqing in southwestern China to Singapore by rail and sea, is part of a broader network connecting 116 ports in 60 countries and regions. Li Muyuan of the China Communications and Transportation Association (CCTA) explained that “thanks to the corridor, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road have been connected seamlessly from Eurasia to the globe; the route has strengthened the inter-connectivity among countries in the world and is exploring new space for Belt and Road cooperation.”
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa Dismisses China Debt Trap Fears
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—Speaking to a gathering of Zimbabweans on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa dismissed the fraudulent fears that Zimbabwe could fall into a trap with Chinese debt. Mnangagwa said most of the money coming from China was going towards revenue-generating infrastructure projects that would pay themselves off. “During (Zimbabwe’s) period of isolation, very few countries outside the West assisted us. Some of the notable countries which came to our assistance are China, India, Brazil, Russia and Malaysia. And when things are good, you then do not forget your friend who stood with you during bad times, but you do not sell your country because somebody stood with you during bad times.
“What is necessary when you get loans or investment, it must be structured. (There is need for) investment in projects which can re-finance themselves to pay the loan.”
Mnangagwa gave the example of the expansion of Kariba South and Hwange power stations, which are financed with Chinese capital. “I do not see any danger where you have a project which becomes productive in terms of revenue streams to pay for itself,” he said. “When you finish paying the loan, the asset remains with us and we will continue to have electricity, so I do not see the danger there.”
Backing the President’s remarks, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said China is “where the money is.” “We have a very strong debt sustainability analysis framework which allows us to understand whether we are over indebted or not, (whether) we can pay or not. The Chinese also do that analysis themselves and if they find out that you cannot pay they do not lend you the money, this is not free money,” he said.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Diplomat Grushko Affirms, a U.S. Military Base in Poland Would Threaten Russia’s Security
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, formerly Russia’s envoy to NATO, told Sputnik that plans to establish a U.S. military base in Poland, on grounds that Russia is threatening the security of Poland and the Baltic nations, in effect means the dismantling of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, which prohibits the deployment of substantial combat forces along the Russian border on a permanent basis.
“This will mean that the NATO-Russia Founding Act … will be dismantled,” Grushko warned. “I reiterate that this step would significantly worsen the security situation,” forcing Russia to take additional military and technical precautions that will reliably guarantee our security under new circumstances.”
Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Grushko emphatically stated that “there must be no illusions: The creation of such a base close to our borders is meant to project force in the vicinity of Russian borders.” Such action by the United States, he remarked, will “of course, be accompanied by very hostile rhetoric. Because it will be necessary to convince public opinion that this step is legitimate. But, it is absolutely unlawful. It is absolute nonsense that Russia is nurturing some aggressive plans against the Baltic States and Poland.”
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
U.S. President Trump and Italy’s Prime Minister Conte Have ‘Working Breakfast’ in New York
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met for a working breakfast on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. It was discussed that Trump might attend the conference on Libya to be held in Sicily in November.
“During the working breakfast, we discussed with Trump various issues, including Libya,” Conte told reporters, according to Sputnik. “You know, there’s a delicate moment coming for him with the midterms [elections]; we’ll see whether he will be able to come” to Italy to attend the conference.
They also discussed the strategic dialogue among the countries along the Mediterranean, announced by the two leaders in July during the Italian Prime Minister’s visit to the United States.
Sen. Rand Paul Wants To End Sanctions on Russian Lawmakers, If Moscow Acts Likewise
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment today in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that would lift sanctions on members of Russia’s Federal Assembly, its bicameral legislature, if Moscow would act reciprocally and lift sanctions on certain U.S. Congressmen, the Daily Beast reported.
Returning from his trip to Moscow last month, Senator Paul has been urging that the U.S. and Russia engage in greater dialogue and cooperation, and asserted that sanctions really serve no useful purpose.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Russia Offers India Cooperation in Manned Space and in Earth Remote Sensing
Sept. 26 (EIRNS)—Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin has made the offer to India to cooperate in manned space missions, including taking an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station, he told reporters today in New Delhi, TASS reports. On Aug. 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi challenged the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to launch a crew into Earth orbit by 2022.
Russia has previously offered to train prospective Indian astronauts. Today Rogozin said that, “In general, it would be important for us not just to train Indian astronauts…. It would also be good for them to practice in real space. Today I put forward our proposal to the Indian side: if they have the desire, the determination, and the budget, we are ready to provide training for the first Indian cosmonauts and send them to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft. Therefore, they can get the grasp of how the station works, what real space is like, and what they can face there.” After a meeting with National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India Ajit Kumar Doval, Rogozin had also said, “This work includes equipment, spacecraft damage control and calculations, which are extremely important for avoiding emergency situations.”
“Roscosmos is ready to develop cooperation with India in the sphere of remote sensing of the Earth, too,” Rogozin said. “We know about the recent tragic events in India, about people perishing in floods during the monsoon period. However, this threat can be countered if you have an orbital satellite constellation that can show you how negative processes develop.
“At the first stage, we are ready to provide India with data and pictures [satellite images], so that our partners could make decisions in time to save people’s lives and property. At the next stage, we are ready to create a joint satellite grouping for remote sensing of the Earth.” The invitation is for India to join a satellite constellation, which “proposal was voiced to our Chinese partners…. In this case, the huge territory of Eurasia will be covered with a single satellite grouping…. It will save thousands of lives during natural disasters, forecast the vegetation period of crops, as well as river overflows, forest fires, and many other things.”