The Entire World Is Responding to the New Reality Created by the Trump-Kim Summit

The new reality has not been lost on acute observers. For example, China's Global Times published an editorial today about the summit, noting that "a certain force is pushing such seemingly impossible things toward becoming possible. This force is the new logic of international politics in the 21st century." The editorial then referred to the discussion of Confucius and Mencius that Chinese President Xi Jinping brought to the just-concluded SCO Summit in Qingdao: "The US may need to borrow some wisdom from Eastern philosophy," Global Times wrote.

This is absolutely to the point, Zepp-LaRouche emphasized, and it serves to underscore the deep, philosophical roots of the wave of cultural optimism which is now dominant in Asia, and must be spread rapidly to the United States and Europe. The key to doing that is for the West to join the New Silk Road, and to experience the rapid economic transformation of the planet that it is bringing about. That is the policy which has lifted over 700 million Chinese out of poverty in some 30 years; and it is the same policy, and the same optimism, which the Chinese are now bringing to Africa, along with substantial investment in infrastructure. That approach has already reduced the poverty rate in Africa from 50% to 40% over the last 15 years—something which British-induced pessimism in the West believed to be impossible.

But as Global Times noted, these are times when the seemingly impossible becomes possible—if we only remove the British Empire from our way.

South Koreans Consider Kim-Trump Handshake Hopeful a World of Change Is in Progress

June 13, 2018 (EIRNS)—Following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and D.P.R.K. Chairman Kim Jong-un, South Koreans erupted in applause, Agence France-Presse reported. “We hope the summit will be a success and bring us a complete denuclearization, peace and a new era” in relations between the two Koreas and the United States, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said. His office reported that President Moon had spent a “sleepless night” ahead of the meeting.

In the streets of Seoul and elsewhere in South Korea, optimism and exuberance were flowing freely, reported Britain’s Independent, writing, “Koreans were mesmerized by the sight of the two leaders greeting one another, shaking hands warmly, even chatting like old friends.”

President Moon, who played perhaps the most important role in bringing about this historic summit, issued a statement, saying: “I pay my high compliments for the courage and determination of the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim, not to settle for that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change." 

“The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on Earth,” according to the official Cheong Wa Dae Presidential residence. “Building upon the agreement reached today, we will take a new path going forward. Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation. We will be there together with North Korea along the way,” said President Moon.

Follow-On Diplomacy to Singapore Summit Is Already Underway

June 13, 2018 (EIRNS)—Upon arrival back in the United States from Singapore, President Donald Trump tweeted: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea... Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office.” He said that before he took office, “people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea.” On a refueling stop in Hawaii, Trump had also tweeted North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, thanking him for “taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,” and saying that their June 12 summit “proves that real change is possible!”

According to an AP wire, on the return flight to the U.S. Trump also spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to discuss the summit results. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled directly to South Korea today for talks with President Moon Jae-in, and will go to Beijing tomorrow to meet with top Chinese officials. At the same time, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, Kim Yong-nam, travelled to Russia, where he will meet with President Vladimir Putin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Chairman Kim Jong-un accepted President Trump’s invitation to come to the White House, according to the D.P.R.K.’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). “Kim Jong-un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong-un to visit the U.S. The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved D.P.R.K.-U.S. relations.”

KCNA also quoted Kim as saying: “To achieve peace, stability and the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, both countries must promise that they will treat each other with mutual understanding and will not feel enmity towards each other. To guarantee that they need to take legal and systemic measures.”