Japan and China have both announced significant new capital investments in critical infrastructure in the past days, that will further advance what Lyndon LaRouche and Helga Zepp-LaRouche have promoted for decades under the Eurasian Land-Bridge and World Land-Bridge design.
The Chinese government has announced plans to invest $750 billion over the next three years in rail and road projects in the most impoverished and isolated areas of the country. Over 300 separate infrastructure projects will link these areas to regional agro-industrial hubs, with the aim of lifting every citizen of China above the poverty level by 2020!
China has, at the same time, announced plans to seek partner nations for exploration and development of the Moon, a project in which China has taken leadership for all of mankind.
Japan, as reported in recent days, has announced a $90.7 billion investment in the planned maglev line, linking Osaka in the south (“The Chicago of Japan”) to Nagoya and on to Tokyo. The project will entail the digging of tunnels through major mountains, posing major engineering challenges. Already, test runs on the Japanese maglev system have produced speeds of over 600 kilometers per hour.
These announcements by the second and third largest economies in the world underscore the larger drive towards Eurasian integration, which has been also highlighted by the recent visits of India’s Prime Minister Modi to Iran, the Indian President Mukherjee to China, and upcoming delegations from China and Iran that will be going to Russia this week to plan out further scientific and technological collaboration. Next month, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be meeting, and both Pakistan and India will be granted full membership status, with Iran also expected to be invited to launch the full membership process. The SCO will thus soon incorporate half the population of the planet.
Contrast Russia’s “Asia pivot” with the war drive coming out of President Obama, heavily directed against both China and Russia. Russian President Putin’s close friend, Maestro Valery Gergiev has announced a major concert series from July 30-August 10 in Vladivostok, which will feature the Mariinsky Threatre Orchestra, along with musicians and other performers from China, Japan, South Korea and other nations of the Pacific region, including the United States.
These profound initiatives, along with the looming breakdown of the Western—British Empire—financial system are behind the escalating war provocations coming out of London and Washington and NATO headquarters in Brussels. As Lyndon LaRouche observed over the weekend, Japan is in the process of breaking free from the vise grip of the British Empire and Obama, as evidenced by the deadlock of the G7 heads of state and government meeting over Prime Minister Abe’s warnings about the financial crisis, and his and Hollande’s urging that Russia must be fully reintegrated into the G8.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to announce a fiscal stimulus package of as much as ¥10 trillion ($90.7 billion), which includes the acceleration of its timetable to build a maglev line that will connect Tokyo to Nagoya, and eventually proceed to Osaka, reported Bloomberg, citing Nikkei newspaper May 27. This plan emerged in the context of Abe trying to introduce reality in the form of warning “of the risk of a global economic crisis” in the final communiqué by the G7 heads of state and government meeting May 26-27 in Ise, Japan, but Obama and Cameron blocked him.
This proposed maglev line is one of the most ambitious of any such plans. The Central Japan Railway Company began full-fledged construction work on Dec. 18, 2015, starting the digging of a 25 km tunnel that will run below the Hida, the Kiso and the Akaishi Mountains. This line will travel 286 km from Tokyo to Nagoya, and 86% of it will be underground.
On Dec. 20, 2015 Construction Week Online reported,
“Notably sections of the tunnel will lie under 1,400 meters of mountains, the longest such distance for any railway tunnel in Japan, and the work will face high overbearing pressure and the risk of high-pressure underground water due to the complicated stratum in the central part of the Japanese archipelago.
“‘It’s inevitable that workers will fight against high-pressure spring water. The project will involve the most difficult construction in the history of Japanese mountain tunnels,’ said Atsushi Koizumi, a professor of tunnel engineering at Waseda University.”
The tunneling work, and laying of the route, which together require a leap in engineering capability, will take ten years. The maglev line is projected to start operations in 2027, and will connect Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes. That route would then be extended to Osaka, which had an original completion date of 2045, but now the Abe government is saying it will take 8 years off that timetable. The maglev from Tokyo to Osaka, a distance of 503 km, will take 67 minutes.
The maglev will “fly” on a magnetic cushion on this route at maximum cruising speeds of 505 km/h (308 mph), However, the Central Japan Railway Company is pushing the limit. On April 21, 2015, its test run, carrying 49 employees, achieved a top speed of 603 km/h (373 mph).
Now think again of the G7 meeting: The maglev is the physical economy concept that Abe pictured in his mind, when he opposed the British and Obama who can think only of gambling tables and looting.