16: Helga Zepp LaRouche | China's Belt and Road Initiative, its American Anti-Imperialist origins and the "Silk Road Lady"
The role of China in the world economy is viewed largely negatively in the dominant Western press.
China is portrayed as a new Imperialist power, seeking to put developing countries in a "debt trap" in order to capture their resources, strategic assets and locations.
This is highly ironic coming from former and still currently Imperial countries, who have engaged in this activity on unprecedented scales in the present and the past.
One should not romanticise China's efforts, of course.
But one needs to understand its perspective and goals, which are quite different from the former and current Imperialist powers.
Indeed, the Belt and Road initiative -- China's massive international infrastructural initiative meant to connect the whole world in a single road and maritime route -- comes from long efforts to DECOLONISE the world economic system.
In fact, the Belt and Road Initiative -- or the "New Silk Road" -- was not developed by China, but by the American-based global movement of the recently deceased Lyndon LaRouche.
Lyndon LaRouche had been involved in theorising about and politically mobilising world leader for a change in the unfair global economic system which was designed in a way that left the mass of humanity at the level of base existence while only a few benefited.
His recently widowed wife, Helga Zepp LaRouche, has been by his side for more than 40 years in this struggle, being a leader in her own right, and a champion of the Belt and Road initiative in particular.
She was largely behind the successful effort to get China to adopt their New Silk Road proposal, and Zepp LaRouche is leading the movement for the United States to get on board, as well as Europe. Success on these fronts is in sight.
I am pleased and honoured to have Helga Zepp LaRouche as my guest this week on Independent Thought and Freedom to explain the whole process for us.