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Program No. 717
“China’s Role in Solving the Global Crisis”

On the June 7 LaRouche Show, the weekly internet radio program, EIR’s Asia Desk Editor Michael Billington interviewed Da Wei, Deputy Director of the Department of American Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). Joining the discussion was LaRouche Youth Movement member Liona Fan Chiang. The program was videotaped for public access cable TV.

Host Billington began by setting the stage for the discussion, by providing an overview of the current global political and financial breakdown crisis, the worst in modern history. All attempts to bail out the world’s bankrupt banking system, he said, are only increasing hyperinflation of the sort seen back in 1923 Weimar Germany. Hyperinflation in food and fuel has already resulted in the onset of famine on a global scale; and social dislocation, riots, food and fuel demonstrations in country after country. In the U.S., the same hedge funds responsible for the subversion of the American banking system are also now shown to be responsible for the subversion of the process by which we are choosing our next President.

Billington: “Lyndon LaRouche’s proposal for a Four-Power Agreement between Russia, China, India, and the U.S.—the kind of arrangement organized by President Franklin Roosevelt which made it possible for us to defeat fascism in the 1930s and 40s—is today absolutely essential, if we’re going to have the capacity to put together a new world financial system, and to unleash the kind of economic renaissance required to deal with the current breakdown crisis.”

Mr. Billington then touched on the May 14-16 meeting in Yekatarinburg, Russia, where the foreign ministers of Russia, China, and India, made a very dramatic commitment to stick together, and to commit their countries to working together against what they perceive to be a very serious threat, not always named as a British threat, but recognized. This group of nations declared their unity around a great development prospectus—the idea of great infrastructure crossing the region—as the necessary counter-measure against the threat of war coming from the British and their allies in the U.S.

After going through the history of CICIR, “the biggest thinktank in China,” Da Wei described its main task as writing policy papers and recommendations for China’s leadership, as well as doing some contract research for private companies and organizations, both in China and abroad.

Cross-Strait relations was the first topical issue to be discussed.

Da Wei: “Though mainland China and Taiwan are under different governments rule, different administrations, they think that they culturally, ethnically, and (maybe in the future) politically and economically, they belong to one nation. So I think that is the very good basis for the future negotiations, and after that, after the elections in Taiwan, we already had some progress.”

Liona Fan Chiang then discussed the recently-released documentary, “Firewall: In Defense of the Nation-State,” [see The LaRouche Connection Program No. 715], which reveals the origin of Weimar German monetary hyperinflation, in the destruction of Germany’s economic productive capability—the same trend we are again witnessing, now on a world scale. The video focuses especially on the British role in destroying Germany, and how they connived to bring in Hjalmar Schacht and eventually Adolf Hitler to “solve” the “problem.”

Da Wei answered Ms. Fan Chaing’s question of how today’s hyperinflation is affecting and being treated by the Chinese government, by stating that indeed “the inflation problem is maybe the most important task that the Chinese government is facing…. On the one hand is the so-called new liberalism; on the other hand is, let the county, let the government, the state play a more important role in the development. For example, in the financial market, the government should play a more important role as a stabilizer. In the food supply, the Chinese government has, since the mid-1990s, already noticed that it could be a very severe problem for China…. The government has already taken some measures to slow down the growth of the Consumer Price Index, to make people’s life easier.”

Da Wei: “We are quite dependent on the import of fuel—oil and gas—but [we are] basically self-sufficient in food…. We have done some things, like we built the Three Gorges Dam, and we also are trying to build more nuclear plants. We depend heavily on coal. We don’t have a silver bullet [to solve the food supply and environmental problems] very easily. [They] are long-time problems, I think.”

As to the urgency of a Four-Power alliance to avoid another round of British-instigated warfare and deal with the breakdown crisis, Da Wei stated that “the biggest problem is mutual trust, and that in recent years the high level of relations between China and Russia, and China and India, is getting better and better.”

On the Tibet issue, Da Wei stated that “It’s first not an ethnic conflict. It’s a problem, or issue, in the process of social development, pretending to be an ethnic conflict, or its shows up as ethnic conflicts in China…. The [1904 British] invasion created the Tibetan issue…. It’s a problem in the [realm of] economic development…. I do think we can do more in Tibet to solve this problem, by pushing new affirmative actions which are suited to the market economy, the new economic situation there.

Da Wei then referenced a poem, which expresses the feeling of frustration among many young Chinese abroad (called the “April Youth” in China), who believe China is being treated unfairly in especially European and U.S. media: “When we’re poor, you say we are Yellow Peril. When we are rich, you say we are threat of the world. When we have a large population, you say we will use all the resources. When we try to control the population, you say we are violating, abusing, human rights.”

The May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province, in which almost 100,000 Chinese died, has also, according to Da Wei “provided us a challenge and opportunity at the same time…. All those countries which sent their rescue teams and provided many relief materials—we can feel this kind of help and friendship from the outside world. This is a positive development…. We are in a huge transformation, not only in the political and economic, but also social [arena], from a more traditional society to amore modern one…. I think social equity is the top priority of the current Chinese administration. After they came into power in 2002, they began to talk about politics based on people’s – we can translate it as “of the people, by the people, for the people,” something like “you should build your politics, your ruling legitimacy, on the people’s needs, the people’s demand…. The mutual trust between the government and the society is very important in the efforts to build a better society.”

Liona Fan Chiang next introduced the question of “globalization,” the push for so-called liberalization of trade, which is “pretty much freedom to loot from anywhere you’d like.”

Agreeing with Fan Chiang’s characterization, Da Wei emphasized what is needed is a “fair process: fair economic globalization, and that needs the cooperation, and collaboration between the major countries.”

[For an edited transcript of the interview, see EIR magazine, Vol. 35, No. 25, June 20, 2008, pp 48-53.]

Release Date: June 9, 2008

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