Schiller institute hosts workshop on China’s belt, road initiative

A conference hosted by Schiller Institute was held in Frankfurt on June 30 to discuss the role of China and the Belt and Road initiative in assisting development of the world and creating “win-win” cooperation.

A conference hosted by the Schiller Institute in Frankfurt, Germany on June 30, has highlighted the link between the Belt and Road initiative and the core principles of the institute and that the idea of a shared future of humanity will help overcome geopolitics.

According to GBTimes, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the German-based think tank, said that one of the institute’s main ideas is that “peace and order in the world would only function if each nation would relate to the best cultural tradition of the others and vice versa.”

Addressing the conference on Saturday, Helga Zepp-LaRouche began by discussing the historic Singapore summit with U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. She suggested that this showed the world how an adversary can become a companion.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of Schiller Institute, addressed the conference on Saturday.

She also discussed the refugee crisis, which she said has been presented as a European crisis when in fact it affects the whole world.

She reminded the audience that each refugee is “as human as you, me, as human as everyone in this room”. In urging the world not to forget this, she said, we can look to solving the crisis by investing in Africa.

She argued that while countries want to protect their borders, the Western values of democracy and human rights are being forgotten in the refugee crisis as there has been “a deadening of compassion, and a lack of value for human life.”

She said the value has instead been placed on protecting the markets above all else, which caused the financial crisis of 2008. Another crisis could be imminent, she warned, as the parameters are 40 percent worse than they were 10 years ago.

However, her speech highlighted the suggested solution to the impending chaos – the New Silk Road and Belt and Road initiative. She said now there is an opportunity to support Africa, through the proposals made by Chinese President Xi Jinping. By focussing on the exchange of goods, of cultures and technologies, communities can be improved.

This is where the Belt and Road initiative will enter – she said that the initiative is the largest infrastructure project in the world, with many countries signing up to work together on a “win-win” basis.

Approximately 300 people attended the conference on Saturday.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche spoke highly of President Xi Jinping for his phrase, “a community of a shared future for mankind”, and said that the New Silk Road spirit is one that will be beneficial to all people.

She suggested that rather than militarising the refugee crisis and creating dangerous “disembarkment camps” instead credit line should be set up for basic economic infrastructure, water projects, fast train rails, healthcare, space projects, new cities built with modular urban development and more.

She said that if Europe joins with China, Japan, India and the U.S and embarked on this project with all African states that want to be part of this programme, the refugee crisis could be turned around.

Dr. Xu Jian, senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, discussed the problem of uneven development among countries, a problem that has arisen from the process of globalisation.

He spoke of the importance of developed countries not to resent the assistance required by developing countries and suggested that there is a common obligation of all participants in globalisation.

Dr. Xu Jian, senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies delivered a speech at the conference.

Dr. Xu said, “we should transcend the limitation of narrow nationalism and understand it with the idea of the community of shared future for mankind”.

He quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping at the general debate of the UN General Assembly: “peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom are common values of all mankind but these goals are far from being achieved.”

Dr. Xu went on to say that the Belt and Road initiative is an important opportunity in that it mobilises both international and domestic resources and can be the champion of shared mutually beneficial and balanced development.

Over the next two days the conference will discuss, among other things, the role of China and the Belt and Road initiative in assisting development of the world and creating “win-win” cooperation.


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