A Paradigm for Mutual Development as Defended by the Schiller Institute and China

There are two distinctly different dynamics co-present in the world today. One is committed to war and destruction in a geopolitical order and the other to a re-alignment of nations for sound mutual development. The second outlook was favored by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a March 7 international press conference on the sidelines of China’s annual national legislative conference.

Within minutes of his intervention, Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche participated in a live discussion on CGTN’s “Dialogue” program, during which she developed the means to bring about such a new paradigm in international relations (cf. below). The timing of her intervention, at a moment of heightened viewership due to the legislative sessions and the NATO-Russia crisis, ensures it will have far-reaching repercussions. 

Wang Yi called for “calm and rationality” when looking at the events in Ukraine, including the history and complexity of the situation. He hopes for an early negotiated settlement to the conflict there, warning there must be a stop to bloc politics anywhere. In that context, he accused the U.S. of promoting the so-called “Indo-Pacific strategy”, which is a “byword for bloc politics”. Its aim, in his view, “is to create an Asian NATO”, that undermines regional cooperation. “The Asia-Pacific is a promising land for cooperation, not a chessboard for geopolitical contest,” he said.

On Europe, he considered that the relationship should not be controlled by any third party, and that the Europeans should view the relationship from a strategic, long-term perspective and conduct an independent China policy.

The Chinese Foreign Minister also reported that the Belt and Road Initiative has “maintained momentum,” enlisting 10 more nations in 2021 into its “family,” to reach a total of 118. In parallel, China intends to advance the Global Development Initiative, that Xi Jinping had introduced in the September UNGA, focused on health care, food, green development and employment.

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