Most of our fellow-citizens have not got the slightest idea of how the world has fundamentally changed. As Lyndon LaRouche had long forecast, and as he has fought ceaselessly to bring this about, the Four Powers of the United States, Russia, China and India are coming forward as a unity to lead human civilization forward, and must soon be able to snuff out the British Empire and the principle of empire—hopefully forever.
Russian-Chinese conflict rose to the level of undeclared military clashes in 1969 during the Cultural Revolution. But the Deng Xiaoping reform leadership was able to reach an initial border agreement with the Soviets in 1991. Then the twenty-year Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation Between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation was signed by Presidents Jiang Zemin and Vladimir Putin in 2001. Under that treaty, as it has been continually broadened since 2001, there are not only regular meetings between the two Presidents and between the two Prime Ministers, but by now all the corresponding ministries of the two countries meet regularly. There have always been numerous disagreements between Russia and China—but in this way they are now all continually being hashed out and negotiated as fast as they arise.
There is a kindred system of intergovernmental commissions between Russia and India, whose friendly relations go back to India’s independence, and have continued under all governments on both sides. India considers Russia its reliable friend, one it refuses to give up. All this provided the basis for the late Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov’s successful 1999 proposal of the Russia-India-China “Strategic Triangle,” which still exists today on its own account and as the origin of the “BRICS.”
China and India fought a border war in 1962, but since then, their disagreements have been much exaggerated by British and British-controlled sources who seek to play upon them. Prime Minister Modi and President Xi met four times in 2018, most notably in a two-day, intimate, off-the-record summit in Wuhan in April. Now, President Xi has announced a comprehensive visit to India in February, before the Indian elections in May.
The larger picture here is the acceptance of China in South Asia as a whole. Yesterday, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, long extremely close to India, said “Being such a big country and big economy, India should not worry about it [the Belt and Road]. Rather, they can also join, so that all the countries can benefit economically.” She also pointed to one of the problem-areas on the periphery, Myanmar, noting that China, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar have already signed an agreement to establish connectivity, known as the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC). “After signing that agreement, I think there is no reason to worry about the corridor for India.”
The problems at the periphery of the RIC, including Japan, Korea, and Afghanistan, point to the role of the United States under the LaRouche-influenced Presidency of Donald Trump. Rather than being the “fly in the ointment” to exacerbate problems and impede unity, the United States is now working for positive solutions there.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe just concluded one of his dozens of meetings with Putin in Moscow. The two reiterated that they intend to conclude a peace treaty together while both of them are still in office. They repeated that they would work toward that treaty on the basis of the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956. That Declaration had set out the basis for a peace treaty. What they knew but didn’t say, was that the U.S. had forced Japan to walk out of that Joint Declaration.
On the closely-related Korean file, North Korea’s Chairman Kin Jong-un expressed “great satisfaction” after reading a letter from President Donald Trump yesterday, looking forward to their next summit.
Afghanistan became an insoluble mess thanks largely to U.S. policies dictated from London. Neighboring Russia has opposed a U.S. pullout from Afghanistan unless it was first negotiated with the neighbors in India and China. So the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, first negotiated in China, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, to prepare for his now-ongoing negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar.
The latest word is that those negotiations are still continuing on their fourth day, after originally being scheduled for only two days. It seems that they have been productive.
The urgent task now is to win the United States and the Four Powers to LaRouche’s program for a Hamiltonian credit system for the United States and for cooperation of sovereign nations of the entire world. Our work combines political campaigns with in-depth recruitment through education in LaRouche’s ideas, and the further development of those ideas. We are giving classes and courses, as in Manhattan and over the web, but in the last analysis, you yourself are the course.