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German political activist: Belt and Road Initiative can help avoid wars
   2017-01-17 11:44:14    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Guanghao

Helga Zepp LaRouche made a key note speech on Belt and Road Initiative at a seminar held in Stockholm recently. [Photo: China Plus/Chen Xuefei]

China's Belt and Road initiative has received the backing of an influential German political activist.

Helga Zepp LaRouche, co-founder of Schiller International Institute, said the Belt and Road Initiative was not only a good idea, but was also very practical.

Through building infrastructure, she said that people's living standards are improved and poverty alleviated, through a focus on development.

She was speaking at an influential seminar in the Swedish capital Stockholm, attended by an audience of about 100 people, most of them dignitaries from various embassies in the city.

"Geopolitics was the cause of the two world wars, and I think we need to move to the common aim of mankind, I think that is absolutely the substantial challenge for us to solve. And I think the Chinese offer to have a win-win situation of all countries in the world is the only practical initiative on the table," said LaRouche.

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative brings together some 60 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to promote trade and co-operation. It was first proposed by Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2013, and consists of two main strands - the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

Helga Zepp LaRouche attended the seminar as the co-author of a new book 'From the Silk Road to the World Land Bridge' which has been translated into Chinese, Arabic and several other languages. In it, she expressed her strong belief that the belt and road strategy is a good paradigm that will replace geopolitics.

"Well I think it is developing in the right direction, because in the beginning people thought it is either China or Russia, or central Asia, either north or south, east or west, but in the meantime, strategic partnership between Russia and China, has solved that problem."

LaRouche believes that only through development can wars and conflicts be avoided, which she feels are the biggest enemies for development and infrastructure construction, which themselves are conducive to development and the improvement of people's lives.

Co-author Hussein Askary said their book was aimed at making some very practical plans, for example how Iraq might fit into the Belt and Road idea.

"You don't have to send money to Iraq or even to Africa, these countries do have resources, what these countries do need is technology. And this is what China is providing. China is providing technology and is not asking if you have money or not, because when your neighbor becomes richer, you will benefit yourself, you create a market, you create new technology and innovations."

Helga LaRouche went on to say that she believes that China will become a real model for country to country relations through cooperative development.

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