’The Spirit of the New Silk Road Is Spreading Across the Planet’
Zepp-LaRouche To Keynote Spanish-Language International Webcast:
7 March 2018
The following is the text of the invitation to the upcoming Spanish-language webcast co-sponsored by the Schiller Institute and EIR, with simultaneous live meetings in a half-dozen Ibero-American cities, to be held on March 22, 2018 at 8 p.m. Washington, D.C. time. It will be broadcast live on EIR’s Spanish-language website www.larouchepub.com/spanish
Here is the Video-presentation (in Spanish) of Helga Zepp-LaRouche, president of the International Schiller Institute, on March 22, 2018
Helga Zepp-LaRouche; Founder, Schiller Institute; "The Spirit of the New Silk Road Is Spreading Across the Planet."
Dennis Small; Ibero-American Editor, EIR "The Science for Raising 200 Million Ibero-Americans Out of Poverty; If China Can Do It, Why Not We?"
Some nine months ago—on Thursday May 4, 2017, to be precise—EIR magazine and the Schiller Institute co-sponsored an international webcast on the subject "The Future of Ibero-America Lies in the New Silk Road," with the participation of Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder of the Schiller Institute.
That future which we forecast only nine months ago, has now arrived thanks, in part, to the active international role played by EIR and the Schiller Institute, and especially by Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche.
After the Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing in mid-May of 2017, where Chinese President Xi Jinping invited all the nations of Ibero-America and the Caribbean to join the New Silk Road, we have witnessed two fundamental changes in the region.
* On November 12, 2017, Panama announced its official participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, including the construction of a high-speed rail line from Panama City to the border with Costa Rica, to be built with China’s help. This will be the first high-speed rail line in the entire Western Hemisphere, including the United States- whereas China already has 25,000 km of high-speed rail lines. This Panamanian announcement has dramatic implications for the entire region, but especially for Central America and the Caribbean.
* And on January 22, 2018, the China-CELAC foreign ministers meeting was held in Santiago, Chile, where China stated that it "considers that Latin American and Caribbean countries are part of the natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road and are indispensable participants in international cooperation of the Belt and Road," and "invites the Latin American and Caribbean countries to join." These countries responded by stating that they "welcomed, with interest, the presentation of the Chinese Foreign Minister on the Belt and Road Initiative," according to the Special Declaration on the Belt and Road Initiative that all parties signed.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche participated as a speaker invited by the Chinese hosts, in the meeting of international experts which was held in Beijing as part of the Belt and Road Forum on May 14-15, 2017. Shortly thereafter, on October 6, Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche launched a weekly international webcast (in English, and dubbed into Spanish) on the Spirit of the New Silk Road, with a message as polemical as it is simple:
* That the spirit of the New Silk Road is spreading across the planet, replacing Wall Street and the City of London’s old paradigm of speculation and financial looting.
* That the trans-Atlantic financial system is totally bankrupt, with its unpayable speculative bubble of nearly $2 quadrillion.
* That the owners of that bankrupt system have opted for launching geopolitical wars, including against Russia and China, to try to salvage their system and prevent the emergence of the Belt and Road alternative to it.
* That those same British and Wall Street interests have launched a regime-change operation in the United States itself, just as they have in so many other countries, because they fear that President Trump will manage to keep his electoral promises of establishing good relations with Russia and China, and of reconstructing the economy of the U.S. with infrastructure projects and productive Jobs.
* That the Chinese win-win model, which has raised more than 700 million people out of poverty in some 30 years, has been successful, and that that model and that spirit are spreading across the planet through the New Silk Road.
- The Future of Ibero-America -
It is time for all of the governments of Ibero-America and the Caribbean to move from "welcoming, with interest" China’s invitation to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, to acting and beginning to construct the necessary great projects, as some countries in the region are already doing.
In Ibero-America and the Caribbean there are nearly 200 million poor people, almost one-third of the total population of the region, according to the latest estimates of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This percentage has been increasing over the last few years. And extreme poverty rose from 8.2% in 2014 (48 million people) to 10% in 2016 (61 million people). It is both necessary and possible to lift these 200 million people out of poverty, in the course of one generation.
If China can do it, why not we?
This has to be done by addressing the problem in the same scientific way that China has done it: with great infrastructure projects that dramatically increase the productive powers—and the corresponding standard of living—of the labour force. The priority projects are those that lead to a change in the technological platform of the entire economy, and they include:
1) Construct bio-oceanic high-speed railroads, with their associated development corridors, in South America, be they the Northern Route (Brazil-Peru), the Central Route (Brazil-Bolivia- Peru), or, preferably, both.
2) Construct high-speed railroads running North-South in South America, from Tierra del Fuego to Central America.
3) Bridge the Darién Gap, so that those high-speed rail lines can run through Central America, Mexico and North America, and from there connect through the Bering Strait tunnel with the World Land-Bridge in Eurasia. In Mexico, the strategic high-speed rail lines which China has already proposed to Mexico must also be built.
4) Extend the Maritime Silk Road from Spain and Portugal to the Americas, as China has proposed and both Iberian governments have already agreed, transforming the Caribbean Basin into a region of development and global logistical connectivity, taking advantage of the expanded Panama Canal and also building the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal in Nicaragua. The construction of super-ports in Ponce, Puerto Rico and Mariel, Cuba will be an essential part of this same approach, and will help to lay the basis for the immediate inclusion of the United States in the Belt and Road Initiative.
5) Establish a project involving cooperation between the space launch centers of the Brazilian Space Agency in Alcantara, and the European Space Agency in Kourou, French Guiana, in order to include and train engineers and scientists from the entire region in the most advanced space science, which will define the future of the entire planet.
EIR and the Schiller Institute invite you to participate in this international webcast on the advances of the New Silk Road, and on the next steps to be taken to create our future. The webcast will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Washington, D.C. time, with simultaneous meetings in various cities of Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, and other countries of the region. The webcast will be broadcast live on the home page of EIR’s Resumen Ejecutivo http://larouchepub.com/spanish/