Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) magazine has announced the release of a groundbreaking new special report:
The Eurasian Land-BridgeThe 'New Silk Road'
- locomotive for worldwide economic development.
The report was presented at an event on Feb. 5 in Washington, D.C. cosponsored by FDR-PAC, a political action committee founded by associates of Lyndon LaRouche, the American statesman and economist who founded the weekly EIR news magazine.
FDR-PAC is urging that the Eurasian Land-Bridge proposal be adopted as a basis for U.S. foreign policy. Listening attentively were representatives of 11 Central and East Asian nations, as well as political activists from the Washington area.
The nations represented included Bulgaria, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgistan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan - as well as numerous press agencies from the Middle East and India, and two African representatives. Most of these countries are located in the areas which would be developed under the Land-bridge program, with what has been called the New Silk Road.
Immediately after the event, Korea Press International put out a wire highlighting the emphasis by EIR on "the need to build railroads running from Paris all the way to Tokyo, via Berlin, Russia, China, Pyongyang, and Seoul, and to construct power plants, canals, etc., in less-developed regions such as China and North Korea." The wire identified the framer of the "Grand Design" as LaRouche, whom it described as "an economist highly respected as the 'supreme intellect and conscience of the world.' "
The 298-page report draws on the expertise of EIR news bureaus from around the world, to present a sweeping and comprehensive plan for the rapid industrialization of the globe, led by Great Projects of transportation, communications, energy, and water resources infrastructure, aimed at raising the standard of living of all nations toward and above that enjoyed today in the so-called industrialized sector. In particular, the report details the Chinese government's role in development of the "New Silk Road'' Eurasian Land-Bridge, which Beijing has treated as the leading edge of a national program of 10,000 major infrastructure and ecnomic development projects.
The report includes three dozen original maps of the development projects, features a four-color map of the Eurasian Land-Bridge development corridors, and includes extensive additional graphic material.
The response of the Clinton administration to China's development program will decide the course of world history in the 21st century, EIR editor Jonathan Tennenbaum asserts in the report's introduction: "Nearly 4.5 billion people live at the present time on the immense land-mass of Eurasia - three-fourths of the entire world population.... This is the arena where the fate of humanity will be decided. As much as the fate of the world depends upon the policy of the United States of America, the fate of the United States itself depends crucially upon the stance that the U.S. takes toward developments on the Eurasian supercontinent.''
Major sections of the report deal with LaRouche's concept of Physical Economy, and the statesman's proposals for development of the Eurasian Land-Bridge, the central European "Productive Triangle,'' the Middle East, Africa, and other regions.
The report includes chapters on:
The historical enmity of the British empire to the development perspective represented by the "New Silk Road'' is also treated at length in a separate chapter, with lengthy sections touching on the bitter fight between American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill over post-war policy toward the underdeveloped nations.