"As Goes Africa, So Goes Humanity"

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Africa, Zepp-LaRouche emphasized, is now center-stage in this dramatic new chapter of Mankind's history that is being written--as was discussed in detail at the June 30-July 1 international Schiller Institute conference in Bad Soden, Germany.

More than 20 years ago, back in December 1996, the Schiller Institute published an international manifesto headlined: "As Goes Africa, So Goes Humanity." In January 1997, Lyndon LaRouche issued one of his numerous, urgent calls to action in that regard:

"The fact of the matter is, that the British Commonwealth, and its monarchy, are presently guilty of organizing both aggressive warfare against the nations of Sudan and Zaire, and, simultaneously, the functionally greatest rate of genocide in modern history against sundry targeted African populations. In fact, there is no factual basis for doubting the monarchy of the United Kingdom has launched and is coordinating aggressive warfare....a river of blood divides all moral persons in the world from those British and other racists who support or condone these Nuremberg crimes by the British Commonwealth and its United Kingdom-based, British Privy Council. Perfide Albion!"

Today, the face of Africa is being changed for the good by China's Belt and Road projects. President Xi Jinping is currently on a tour of various African countries, ending at the July 25-27 Tenth BRICS Summit in South Africa, which is rapidly advancing that process. Fellow BRICS leader Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also on a tour of Africa and will likewise be at the BRICS Summit. China's Foreign Ministry explained the thinking behind this intense diplomacy:

"As the two largest developing countries and emerging markets in the world, both China and India are willing to help Africa accelerate its industrialization within the framework of South-South cooperation and achieve its self-development. We are also ready to deepen the cooperation in various fields with African countries to achieve mutual benefit and win-win outcomes. China and India are partners sharing the same vision in this regard.... The two sides will follow through on the consensus between the two leaders (Xi and Modi-ed) to vigorously explore `China-India plus one' or `China-India plus X' cooperation to achieve mutual benefits and win-win outcomes between China and India and other countries, and jointly make contributions to promoting regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity."

Lyndon LaRouche specified that necessary "X" many years ago: the United States, Russia, China and India jointly constitute a Four Powers alliance capable of finishing off Perfide Albion once and for all.

Modi and Kagame, in Rwanda, Witness as Their Countries Sign Seven Agreements

July 24, 2018 (EIRNS)—On his way to attend the 10th annual BRICS Summit over July 25-27 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Indian Premier Narendra Modi stopped in Rwanda and, along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, witnessed as Indian and Rwandan officials signed seven bilateral pacts, reported Rwanda’s New Times. The event took place at Village Urugwiro, the President’s office in Kigali. Prime Minister Modi is the first Indian head of government to visit the East African nation, which is considered an important gateway for India to eastern Africa. Modi is on a three-nation tour, beginning with Rwanda and Uganda, and thence to Johannesburg for the BRICS summit.

The countries signed agreements in the area of trade, defense, dairy cooperation, agriculture, culture, leather and allied sectors and two lines of credit worth $200 million for expansion of the special economic zone and irrigation scheme, IANS reported. “During the talks, both leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation and expressed satisfaction at the excellent relations between Rwanda and India in the overall context of Strategic Partnership,” India’s Foreign Ministry stated. Ties between India and Rwanda were elevated to a Strategic Partnership in January last year.

China’s President Xi Jinping also made a tour through Africa on his way to Johannesburg, arriving in Senegal on July 21-22, and then visiting Rwanda. He plans a stopover in the Indian Ocean island-nation of Mauritius on his way home. Africa is his first overseas trip since being re-elected as President in March.

China Adopts Economic Measures ‘In the Face of External Uncertainties’

July 24, 2018 (EIRNS)—The Chinese government is moving proactively on economic policy matters, both domestically and internationally, “in the face of external uncertainties,” according to this year’s Government Work Report by Premier Li Keqiang. On the international front, China’s interventions center on the ongoing expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative, especially in Africa around President Xi Jinping’s ongoing tour and the July 25-27 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. On the domestic front, Premier Li Keqiang chaired a July 23 meeting of the State Council’s executive, which issued a series of economic policy directives, according to Xinhua.

“In this year’s Government Work Report, Premier Li Keqiang stressed the need to focus on the real economy and leverage the proactive fiscal policy to tackle the financing difficulties facing small and micro businesses,” Xinhua reported. “China will continue with stable macro policies and adopt a combination of fiscal and financial measures in an effort to boost domestic demand and bolster support for real economy ... [although] it will firmly refrain from resorting to a deluge of strong stimulus policies.

“A more proactive fiscal policy will be pursued. The government will focus on introducing deeper tax and non-tax fee cuts, and more companies will be eligible for the preferential policies of the additional deduction of R&D spending in taxable income, a policy which is expected to cut another 65 billion yuan of tax within this year on top of an initial goal of cutting taxes and fees by 1.1 trillion yuan this year. Efforts will be stepped up in issuing the 1.35 trillion yuan of special bonds [about $200 billion] for local government to see more tangible progress on ongoing infrastructure projects.”

Xinhua explained that financial measures will also be taken to further curb speculation and foster real production. “Financial institutions will also be called on to use the money released from cuts in their required reserves to support small and micro businesses and debt-to-equity swap... At the same time, the government will resolutely phase out the ‘zombie’ companies to free up their under-used funding, and crack down on illegal financial institutions and activities to forestall risks.”