EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021
The U.S. and China—Cooperation for Development, or Global Destruction
March 10 , 2021 (EIRNS)—It was announced today that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet with China’s two leading foreign policy spokesman, Yang Jiechi, the director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on March 18 in Anchorage, Alaska. The meeting will follow a visit to Japan and South Korea next week by Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The importance of this U.S.-China meeting can not be exaggerated, although the outcome is totally unpredictable. It could be a promising step toward world peace and development, or the exact opposite, a carving in stone of the extreme racist and xenophobic hysteria against all things Chinese which dominated the last year of the Trump Administration under Mike Pompeo, and which has been fully endorsed by Blinken and Sullivan in their “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance,” released by the White House on March 3.
President Biden himself expressed one of the few cogent concepts of his Presidency following his two-hour phone call with President Xi Jinping on Feb. 10, when he addressed U.S.-China relations during his speech to the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19: “It is not about pitting East against West. It’s not about, ‘we want a conflict.’ We want a future where all nations are able to freely determine their own path without a threat of violence or coercion. We cannot and must not return to the reflexive opposition and rigid blocs of the Cold War.”
The danger is that Blinken and Sullivan have pledged to “hold countries like China to account,” and “ensure that America, not China, sets the international agenda,” Such British imperial thinking, geopolitics at its worst, comes from a mindset which rejects any thought that nations have the right to “freely determine their own path without a threat of violence or coercion,” as Biden had expressed.
Worse, the Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Adm. Philip Davidson, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 9, demonstrated the now common practice of “projection,” ascribing to China (as also to Russia) precisely the unilateral actions taken by themselves: “The Communist Party of China promotes a closed and an authoritarian system through internal oppression and external aggression,” Davidson said. “China’s pernicious approach to the region includes a whole-of-party effort to coerce, corrupt, and collapse governments, businesses, organizations and the people of the Indo-Pacific.” This comes from a military leader of a country which has militarily overthrown governments, destroyed their economies, placed puppet regimes in place, leaving their economies in ruins, across the Middle East, while imposing unilateral sanctions on dozens of countries around the world.
It is certainly the case that China and Russia are building up their military capacities, and have pledged cooperation with each other if they are attacked. Is it not obvious to all, however, that they are mobilizing within their own borders, while the Anglo-American war party has military bases in 80 countries around the world, while moving NATO up to the Russian border and even into Asia?
Most of the world’s nations refuse to “take sides” against China, and in fact most look to China and Russia as the only source for the required human support in this moment of existential crisis for mankind—access to the Russian and Chinese vaccines while the West has hoarded their plentiful supplies; infrastructure development through the Belt and Road Initiative while the West not only denies large-scale infrastructure to the nations of the South, but even acts to sabotage Chinese and Russian efforts to offer such development.
Americans are now confronting a collapse of their historical character—the economy is unraveling; the financial system is a massive bubble ready to explode; the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech are being openly flaunted as censorship of speech and even of ideas has become the rule of the day; the drug-infested inner-cities are over-run with desperate homeless people; and, most important, the promise of a future of progress and development is being openly destroyed under the fake Green New Deal. These Green fascists no longer espouse the Biblical concept of mankind’s dominion over nature, but rather the forced imposition of de-industrialization and de-population by the bankrupt financial institutions of the “Great Reset.”
The situation is dire, but it is precisely such conditions in which people can finally see the urgency of throwing away their prejudices and their failed axioms, to look for the truth outside of the blatantly lying media, and to take personal responsibility for the fate of mankind. The Schiller Institute and The LaRouche Organization are calling on all patriots and all citizens of the world to join a conference on March 20-21, with speakers from around the world, under the theme World at a Crossroad: Two Months into the New U.S. Administration.
Register for the conference, and invite others to join. Face the threat of a new Dark Age with courage and optimism that a new Renaissance for all mankind is both necessary and possible.