More important than Reagan’s Berlin speech and more impact than the United States Marshall Plan!
In the most important International relations speech since Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall”, President Xi Jinping this weekend announced in great detail the strategy of their four-year-old Belt and Road trade, transportation and Technology world wide leadership initiative.
Here is what world leaders are saying about Communist China’s Belt and Road strategy confirmed this weekend:
CZECH PRESIDENT MILOS ZEMAN: “In all of history, except for the Marshall Plan, there was practically no long-term project which needs enormous courage. Let me express my gratitude for People’s Republic of China for this courage, and especially let me appreciate China’s president for the courage which is so rare.”
ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN: “China has taken the leadership in laying the foundations for the realization of our shared vision for an open, fair and prosperous world. Achievement of this vision will require our political commitment and a huge sum of resources from all of us.”
TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN: “This is going to be the kind of initiative that will put an end to terrorism.”
PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF: “Peace and development go hand in hand. ‘One Belt, One Road’ signifies that geo-economics must take precedence over geopolitics and that the center of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation. We see it as a path for overcoming terrorism and extremism.”
U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL EAST ASIA DIRECTOR MATT POTTINGER: “American companies have much to offer here. U.S. firms can offer the best-value goods and services required over the life of a project. U.S. firms have a long and successful track record in global infrastructure development, and are ready to participate in ‘Belt and Road’ projects.”
GREEK PRIME MINISTER ALEXIS TSIPRAS: “As a country with a rich cultural heritage and the world leader in the tourist industry, we highly value the importance of this initiative for people-to-people contacts, cultural exchanges and tourism.”
FORMER U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY HENRY PAULSON: “I know the United States has been among those countries apparently most skeptical of the ‘Belt and Road.’ Simply put, the more China can demonstrate that the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative is open to outside participation in this way, the more it will be embraced by global and even American firms and suppliers.”
GERMAN ECONOMY MINISTER BRIGITTE ZYPRIES: “For the German companies, it’s always relevant that they know what is going to be built and that the procedures to be part in the buildings are the same for every company and every country. Of course Germany stands for transparency, Germany stands for a level playing field, Germany stands for fair conditions for workers. … We always think that’s important and we always fight for it.”