By Covert Geopolitics
No matter what the Western mainstream media are saying, China’s Belt and Road Initiative are threatening the Western hegemony that is founded on unpayable debt and war proliferation. Not to be left out, the Trump government covertly opposed its own rhetoric and has sealed a number of agreements with its Chinese counterparts.
This is unprecedented, considering that years ago, it was the United States under Obama which pressured other G7 member states not to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, one of three development banks organized to finance the planned infrastructure projects collectively called the New Silk Road.
China aims at raising the economic conditions of all countries traversed by the Belt & Road Land-Bridge in order to give them the capability to understand how power is being misused by the other side of geopolitical spectrum.
The Rothschild financial media are still calling it a “distant dream.” But every project that China has undertaken is always big.
The extremely ambitious Chinese project known as One Belt, One Road is becoming a reality with every passing day. As you must know, the project is designed to create a web of transport routes all across Eurasia to allow faster transfer of people, goods and resources. Despite the fact that the project is described as an “economic belt”, it would be more accurately described by the term “network”, since there is not a single route connecting Europe and Asia that it would leave unimproved. One Belt, One Road is going to transform all the main trade routes of the Eurasian continent. But it doesn’t stop just there since the vast African continent is also going to enjoy the benefits of this vast network.
Moreover, China is wise enough to realize that one of the ways it can neutralized the number of imperial military bases encircling it is to bring as many counties into its own geopolitical orbit and its non-aggressive Oriental culture.
To retard this initiative, six of the G7 countries refused to attend the summit. But in the last few days, scores of economic agreements were arrived at between the Trump government and China:
“China has released the first round of achievements under the China-US Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan. The achievements cover a wide range of areas, including trade, financial services and use of energy. The 100-Day Plan aims to pump new momentum into the existing economic cooperation between Beijing and Washington. CGTN’s Wang Fan has more.”
In order to offset the trade imbalance between the two countries, the US will supply beef and natural gas to China, while the latter can unload its surplus steel production for the massive reconstruction of its “Third World infrastructure.”
The British Empire has been doing its best to prevent a closer Trump-Xi and Trump-Putin collaborations by unleashing the “Assad chemical attack” false flag using its own organized White Helmets false humanitarian operatives serving only in areas controlled by Al-Nusra militants.
This subsequently resulted to Trump’s dropping of 59 Tomahawks with a 2-hour window for the Russians to move their military installations and forces away from the target airfield.
On top of that, the White House sneaked through a Trump-Lavrov meeting which has left the mainstream media in utter disgust recently, i.e. the “Russians are here, “has conquered the White House,” or now the “White House is bugged.”
This was after the FBI director was ousted for not having addressed the Deep Swamp properly.
But the deal has been sealed with Russia and China in a big way.
Now, the US has announced it is attending the summit:
“With a little over 24 hours until the opening of the Belt and Road Initiative forum in Beijing, the United States has officially announced that in fact a delegation will be attending, representing the US and the Trump Administration. Our webcast features numerous exciting and fast-moving developments as the world is transformed by this vision of win-win cooperation and peace through development which the British imperialists have tried so desperately to derail, including with the attempted political coup ongoing against the Trump Administration.”
Of course, the East will never assume that it’s all sweet and rosy from here on. There will surely be some bumps along the way. But our shared experience in the last four years since its announcement proves that it’s the only viable way to supplant the geopolitical ambitions of the few.
Again, it may not be the perfect alternative that we wanted, but it will force the economic rise of many, as it has done in China itself, i.e. where more than 800 million have been uplifted from poverty.
China knows it’s the only way the corrosive mindset could be overcome, i.e. how can one tackle the high profile global issues when the priority is to survive a given day?
We cannot implement the resource-based economic concept when the Western Oligarchy is already laying the groundwork on how to exploit a cashless society.
The Chinese-led Eurasian Land-Bridge, dubbed as “One Belt, One Road” economic development may be the transition that we all need, and the opportunity when we can destroy the monopolies and set the dark forces at bay.
List of Attendees to the 1st Belt and Road Summit in Beijing
Below, find a list of confirmed attendees at China’s Belt and Road Forum, to be held in Beijing May 14-15. Sources are hyperlinked wherever possible; entries without hyperlinks are based on statements provided to The Diplomat.
- Afghanistan: Unspecified minister-level delegation
- Argentina: President Mauricio Macri
- Australia: Trade Minister Steve Ciobo
- Azerbaijan: Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev
- Bangladesh: Unspecified minister-level delegation
- Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko
- Brazil: Secretary for Strategic Affairs Hussein Ali Kalout
- Cambodia: Prime Minister Hun Sen
- Chile: President Michelle Bachelet
- China: President Xi Jinping
- Czech Republic: President Milos Zeman
- Egypt: Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil
- Ethiopia: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
- Fiji: Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
- Finland: Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Anne Berner
- France: Jean-Pierre Raffarin, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Defense and Armed Forces in the French Senate
- Germany: Minister of Economic Affairs Brigitte Zypries
- Greece: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
- Hungary: Prime Minister Viktor Orban
- Indonesia: President Joko Widodo
- Iran: Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayebnia
- Italy: Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
- Japan: LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai
- Kazakhstan: President Nursultan Nazarbayev
- Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta
- Kyrgyzstan: President Almazbek Atambayev
- Kuwait: Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber
- Laos: President Bounnhang Vorachith
- Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib Razak
- Maldives: Economic Minister Mohamed Saeed
- Mongolia: Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat
- Myanmar: State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi
- Romania: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment Gratiela Gavrilescu
- Nepal: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara
- New Zealand: Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith
- North Korea: Confirmed to be sending an official delegation; the delegation will be led by Kim Yong-jae, the North Korean minister of external economic relations, according to a number of South Korean media reports
- Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
- Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte
- Poland: Prime Minister Beata Szydło
- Russia: President Vladimir Putin
- Saudi Arabia: Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih
- Serbia: Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic
- Singapore: Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong
- South Korea: Ambassador to China Kim Jang-soo; Park Byeong-seug, National Assembly member for the Democratic Party
- Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
- Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
- Switzerland: President Doris Leuthard
- Syria: unspecificed minister-level delegation
- Thailand: five ministers: Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Transportation Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn, Minister of Digital for Economy and Society Pichet Durongkaveroj, and Minister of Science and Technology Atchaka Sibunruang
- Tunisia: Culture Minister Mohamed Zine El-Abidine
- Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
- UAE: Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Group CEO of ADNOC
- Ukraine: unspecified official delegation
- United Kingdom: Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond
- United States: Matt Pottinger, National Security Council senior director for Asia
- Uzbekistan: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
- Vietnam: President Tran Dai Quang
One Belt, One Road Project is Making the World a Safer Place
The extremely ambitious Chinese project known as One Belt, One Road is becoming a reality with every passing day. As you must know, the project is designed to create a web of transport routes all across Eurasia to allow faster transfer of people, goods and resources.
Despite the fact that the project is described as an “economic belt”, it would be more accurately described by the term “network”, since there is not a single route connecting Europe and Asia that it would leave unimproved. One Belt, One Road is going to transform all the main trade routes of the Eurasian continent. But it doesn’t stop just there since the vast African continent is also going to enjoy the benefits of this vast network.
The project will use the most effective way of transportation known to men by launching the construction of ultra-modern high-speed rail lines. It’s been noted time and time again that transporting goods by air is too expensive, while sea freight, although effective, is painfully slow. Still, sea transportation won’t be abandoned all together, since there’s a separate project that implies a major improvement of the existing means of sea transportation, and its called New Silk Road.
In August 2016, the first freight train started from from China to reach Afghanistan in little to no time. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been one of the major Kabul for a while, so it’s onl logical that Beijing constructed a new railway route stretching from the Chinese city of Nantong, through the territory of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, to then reach the Hairatan bridge on the crosses the Uzbek-Afghan border that was built by Soviet engineers back in 1981. The journey takes about two weeks.
The opening of the Chinese-Afghan railway line in Nantong drew the attention of high-profile statesmen big businessmen of the two states. According to the Afghan ambassador to Beijing, Janan Mosazai the new road opens the way to a major increase in the volume of bilateral trade between China and Afghanistan. It quite possible that someday this railway will stretch across the entire territory of Afghanistan to reach Iran. This will transform this railway line in one of the most important transport arteries in existence, since it would be connecting the Far and Middle East with Central Asia. But for now China would use another railway line that connects it with Iran, which is one of its most important economic and political partners.
This second route stretches across six thousand miles across the territories of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and it was opened in February 2016. The arrival of the first Chinese trains to the the capital of Iran, Tehran has marked one of the milestone events in the history of the One Belt, One Road project.
We witness new railroad lines stretching in virtually all directions from the center in China. The South Asian, even its most inaccessible areas, has not been forgotten or left out. In November 2016, a rail line between China and Nepal was opened for regular service. The route is stretching across 15 hundred miles from the Chinese city of Lanzhou to the capital of Nepal – Kathmandu. This trip is usually takes no more than 10 days when modern Chinese trains are used.
It’s hardly a secret that due to its geologic location Nepal has been in partial isolation for quite some time. It has a trade line with India, but it’s been separated from China by the Great Himalayan Range. Other than these two partners, Nepal does not share a common border with any other states. This situation makes it difficult for Nepal to trade with other countries and makes it dependent on India and its political decisions. That way the new route that is connecting Nepal with China is of utmost importance for this small country.
To establish an effective way of conducting trade and supporting communication between the European states and South-East Asian players one is bound to establish good contacts with the countries of the former USSR lying between them. They seem to divide Eurasia in half, and the land communication between Europe and China its almost impossible without their participation. This is especially true for Russia and the countries of Central Asia.
In December 2016, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan decided to jointly build the railway stretching from Uchkuduk (Uzbekistan) to Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan). This new railway will establish a connection between these two states and Russia, and in the future it can be expanded by to reach Iran via Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Undoubtedly, China will be interested in making this route also a part of the One Belt, One Road project.
At the end of March 2017, the authorities of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China with the Republic of Kazakhstan signed a memorandum on joint preparations for the construction of a 160 miles long Tachen-Ayagoz railway. It will become the third railway that crosses the Chinese-Kazakh border. In Ayagoz the road will be linked with the famous Turkestan-Siberian railway, allowing trains to reach the enormous Trans-Siberian Railway, that is the longest railway in the world, that connects Russia’s Far East with Moscow. Thus, the massive network of Chinese railways will be linked with Central Asia and European railway lines. The creation of such a route would be of enormous importance for the One Belt, One Road project as well as for the economies of Russia and Kazakhstan.
The group of 17 European countries that have a direct rail link with China has recently been joined by the United Kingdom. On April 12, 2017, the first freight train was sent from England to China. Its 7500 miles long journey started in Stanford-le-Hope, England, and stretched across the territories of seven states – France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. The road ends in the Chinese city of Yiwu, Zhejiang Province and takes three weeks, which is twice as fast as to travel to China by sea from England.
The One Belt, One Road promises a major economic recovery for a great many states of Europe, Asia and Africa. It’s also curious that the development of means of transportation and trade results in the relations between countries improving. As the level of life will improve in most states across the new trade route, the level of extremist sentiment will inevitably diminish. In addition, Beijing intends to actively ensure the safety of its offspring, establishing military cooperation with the countries that have become a part of the One Belt, One Road project. T
herefore, it is especially important to promote the it across the Middle East and such Central Asian countries as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those are rich in natural resources, yet unstable regions. It should be recalled that back in 2014 Defense Ministers of China and Iran would discuss bilateral military cooperation in much detail.
After the meeting it was stated that One Belt, One Road project should become the basis for the growth of Chinese-Iranian influence in the region, and that the two countries will unite efforts in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and other problems. If the above mentioned Chinese-Afghanistan railway would be expanded to reach Iran, it can lead to some positive changes in the life of Afghan people. Thus, this ambitious project is not only promoting economic growth, but also strengthens peace in different regions of the world.
Dmitry Bokarev, expert politologist, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
The Belt and Road initiative has been going on for the last 4 years. Just a few months ago, some sections of this network has already been inaugurated.
On a foggy Friday morning in Zhengzhou City, a train loaded with 80 Bentleys and Land Rovers pulls in, drawing a large crowd.
Fresh off an 18-day journey from Hamburg, Germany, the train was the first dedicated solely to shipping vehicles from Europe to Zhengzhou City in central China’s Henan Province. The city is a hub for several major Chinese railway lines.
Setting a milestone for the city, a port for vehicle imports in China, the train is also a response to the country’s calls to develop its railway network to Europe.
“Since October, we’ve had four trains travel from Zhengzhou to Europe each week and vice versa,” said Yuan Weidong, chairman of Zhengzhou International Hub Development and Construction Co., Ltd (ZIH), an operation platform for the trans-Eurasia express in the city.
“It is estimated that 240 trains will travel down the line by the end of the year, a much bigger number than the 156 in 2015,” he added.
The bigger number is in line with a five-year plan released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on the issue in October.
According to the plan, around 5,000 trains will run between China and Europe via the network per year by 2020. It reiterated that the China-Europe rail network is a crucial part of the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, a strategic plan to connect China with the vast Central Asian and European markets.
More than the exchange of goods, the ambitious OBOR will also facilitate the healthy exchange of cultures which should complement what the worldwide web is already doing. A deeper understanding of each other’s culture will surely enhance more peaceful collaboration that is not possible with controlled awareness that is being forced through the mainstream media.
Six of G7 Countries Snub China’s Belt & Road Summit Due to “Dubious” Leaders
Decades ago, the West criticized China for being an isolationist country. Now that it is opening its doors for healthy and peaceful collaboration with them, the West is resorting to criticism and even tries to move into a protectionist stance. Suddenly, globalism became a dirty word, and capitalist “China is just promoting its One Belt, One Road Initiative to find an open market for its industrial over capacity. “
Suddenly, China is the currency manipulator when it’s the West that’s been printing debt-based currencies like there’s no tomorrow.
Certainly, China has its own vested agenda. Who has none to begin with? But it’s not China’s fault to have achieved such a feat in so short a time, without firing a single shot. Even more so, because it is the Western companies that have benefited largely from its cheap labor.
Even if those Western criticisms are real, this is far better than using those surplus steel production of the massive assembly of weapons of war – that’s the only “other thing” one will do when peaceful collaboration is not an option.
In short, the West is now exposing its own excessive exceptionalist character as if it is the only good thing that exist on this planet, and others need to bow down to its superiority.
China will gather its friends and allies together for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend but only one from a G7 nation, the Italian prime minister.
What the West needs to understand is that the East is not trying to compete with it. The oriental culture is more about being adaptive to prevailing realities rather than being confrontational. That’s why it never sought to be at the center of the world’s attention for a very long time. Even the concept of reviving the ancient Silk Road was never oriental but a Western idea long proposed by the Schiller Institute.
According to Reuters, the West is not attending the China OBOR Summit because of the dubious personalities who are also attending, as led by Vladimir Putin himself and a double down from “street killer” Rodrigo Duterte.
Diplomatic sources said the presence of Putin and other leaders from countries with dubious human rights records, like the Philippines and Central Asian states, had contributed to a reluctance among Western leaders to attend.
Of course, we already understand from what standpoint these people are coming from.
Here’s the Duterte government taking the offensive against Western media propaganda at the World Economic Forum – Cambodia.
The false sense of self-importance and sheer arrogance can be gleaned upon from the above same Reuters article when it considers Chile and Argentina as having little connection to the Eurasian OBOR project.
Leaders from countries that would appear to have little, if any, connection so far to the plan are coming to the summit, including Chile and Argentina.
The bottomline really is: the current generation of Western leaders are incapable of understanding the true spirit behind China’s revival of the ancient Silk Road. To them it’s a pretty complex idea which may need more time to contemplate upon.
Going to war with anybody is much simpler, i.e. black propaganda, false flag operations, and invasion. Their own Schiller Institute needs to forget about their classical ideas.
In December 2014, my American and European friends published an updated Special Report The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge. These projects are venues for cooperation among nations in their shared interests. My movement sees extraordinary coherence between the Westphalian principle of seeking the benefit of the other, and what President Xi Jinping of China calls a win-win policy.
It means real changes in thinking. For example, if the Schiller Institutes 2012 program for the development of the Mediterranean Basin Great Infrastructure Projects, extending the New Silk Road to all of southern Europe, were to be implemented, then Greece is not a basket case, but can become the bridge between Europe and BRICS, in the tradition of the ancient historical ties between great cultures such as Greece and China.
Only the force of military might is capable of maintaining order. That’s the type of mindset which pervades Western elite, and from which the Europeans and Americans will suffer.
‘It’s Going to Blow’: Germans Propose Tax Reforms to Prevent Economic Disaster
Sputnik 10:39 11.05.2017
In their new book, German financial experts Marc Friedrich and Matthias Weik propose a radical new economic model, which they say will help society to cope with the changes wrought by increasing digitalization.
Friedrich told Sputnik Deutschland that action taken to arrest the 2008 financial crisis, such as quantitative easing, has only papered over the cracks in the global financial system.
“Things are going in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, nothing has changed since the 2008 financial crisis. On the contrary, problems were only covered over with a lot of cheap money. Don’t forget that the European Central Bank (ECB) has pumped 1.75 trillion euros into the system to buy bonds from bankrupt companies and to support insolvent countries, in order to keep the whole money carousel running. [However,] that has only bought time,” Friedrich told Sputnik.
Their idea builds on proposals for a universal basic income that have been discussed with increasing regularity in recent years. In a referendum last summer, the Swiss rejected a referendum proposal to give every citizen a basic income of 2500 Swiss francs ($2,478).
Decline in consumption leads to slowest US economy growth in 3 years — RT Business
28 Apr, 2017 14:59
The US economy showed its weakest performance since 2014 in the first three months of the year after consumer spending sharply slowed and businesses invested less in inventories.
The country’s GDP increased at a mere 0.7 percent annual rate, down from 2.1 percent and 3.5 percent in the second half of 2016. Analysts surveyed by Reuters expected growth of 1.2 percent last quarter.
The decline in growth is due to the smallest increase in consumer spending since the end of 2009, which broadly mirrors fewer car sales. Consumer spending grew only 0.3 percent, reflecting a steep drop from the 3.5 percent gain at the end of 2016.
US owes Puerto Ricans much more than it’s offering’ — RT Op-Edge
Puerto Rico, whose people and resources have been exploited by American businesses for over a century, needs to receive services on the same level as those provided to US citizens, said Kathy Gannett, a Puerto-Rican pro-independence activist.
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is in debt to the tune of $123 billion dollars – that’s about $74 billion in bond debt and $49 billion in unfunded pension obligations.
The US Supreme Court is now expected to appoint a judge to the case, as the island, which is a US territory, is not permitted to declare bankruptcy. However, it’s unclear at this point how much help the Caribbean Island will receive.
Donald Trump repeatedly said that Puerto Rico should not be offered a bailout during the election campaign. Though the island’s people are considered US citizens, they don’t enjoy full rights unless they move to the US mainland.
This article (US Delegation is attending Historic, Pivotal Belt and Road Summit) was originally published on Covert Geopolitics and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.