As of New Year’s Eve, national leaders and others were continuing to exchange greetings, and also to issue statements to the public at large on the occasion of the old year passing, and prospects for 2019. President Donald Trump gave his message in an exclusive interview on the Fox TV New Year’s Eve special last night, and released two short videos on twitter.
Early yesterday, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave his annual New Year’s address, which he concluded by sending, “Best wishes to the world!” He reviewed leading projects within China (e.g., the Hong Kong-Macao-Zhuhai Bridge and others,) which he said were accomplished by people who are, “trailblazers of the new era,” and he spoke about lifting 10 million people out of poverty in 2018. He also addressed working for new foreign relations based on justice and peace, so that, “As we ring in the New Year, let’s embrace 2019 with confidence and anticipation.”
His outlook is confirmed in certain key international events, however tentative, which are portents for progress in 2019, because they show prospects for collaboration among the Great Powers. As Lyndon and Helga Zepp-LaRouche have emphasized for years, collaboration between the United States, China, Russia, and India — the Four Powers — and others, can steer a course for a new era of development and peace. Dialogue for a “New Bretton Woods” can be on the agenda.
- China and the United States are at a “new starting point,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Sunday, referring to the cordial Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina between President Trump and Xi Jinping, and their phone call last week.
- Russian President Putin and Xi Jinping have exchanged new Year’s messages, in which Putin praised their “strategic interaction” having reached “unprecedented levels.” They pledged to strengthen this even further.
- President Putin said in his holiday message to President Trump, that, as reported by the Kremlin yesterday, “Russian-American relations are an essential factor in ensuring strategic stability and international security.” Putin confirmed, “that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the widest possible agenda.”
Importantly, there continues to be motion towards ending conflict in areas of long-standing strife, stoked by the British Empire system of geopolitics. On the Korean Peninsula, ROK President Moon Jae-in reported on social media today that he welcomes the New Year’s overture by DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un, that the two should meet early in 2019. This comes after decades of division, ended by the “Singapore Miracle” meeting of Trump and Kim in June 2018.
On the situation in Afghanistan, the many diplomatic initiatives towards a resolution are continuing, in particular involving multiple meetings with representatives of the Taliban, in Iran, and the U.A.E., and planned for Saudi Arabia in January, 2019.
On Syria, Trump reiterated yesterday his commitment to remove U.S. forces. He tweeted, “ISIS is mostly gone, we’re slowly sending our troops back home to be with their families, while at the same time fighting ISIS remnants…I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places…I campaigned against the NEVER ENDING WARS, remember!”
In contrast, figures of the dying system of the British imperial realm of geopolitics are behaving like cartoon characters, mobilizing precisely for more “never ending wars,” in their contrived face-off between east and west. British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson spoke in these terms, about the new global reach of the United Kingdom, in a Sunday London Telegraph interview. Williamson said that Britain, once out of the constraints of the European Union, and be a “true global player once more—and I think the Armed Forces play a really important role as part of that.” He spoke of Britain returning to the “East of Suez” arena, ending the withdrawal from there in 1968 under the Harold Wilson government. It is reported that Britain is thinking of two new overseas bases—one in the South China Sea, and one in the Caribbean. Williamson said, “We have got to make clear…Britain is once again a global nation.”
The potential to defeat this mad-dog outlook, and shift into a new era of win-win foreign relations, is at hand, but only if it is seen as a call to action on the part of individuals of good will to take every initiative we can to bring the new era into being, including and especially in economic policy.
We must act, to make a Happy New Year!