The Eurasian Land-Bridge
Locomotive to world-development
By Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.
speech transcript, Feb. 5, 1997
On Feb. 5, Executive Intelligence Review magazine
released the English-language version of a groundbreaking new report
headlined "The Eurasian Land-Bridge: The New Silk
Road--Locomotive for Worldwide Economic Development." The report
was presented at a Washington, D.C. forum one of whose sponsors was
FDR-PAC, a political action committee founded by associates of Lyndon
LaRouche, the American statesman and economist who founded, and plays
a major role in shaping, EIR magazine.
FDR-PAC is urging that the Eurasian Land-Bridge proposal be
adopted as a basis for U.S. foreign policy.
The 298-page report drew 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
governments 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 economic
Speakers at the Feb. 5 Washington forum were Lyndon LaRouche and
Helga Zepp LaRouche. In this special issue of American Almanac, we
print both the LaRouches presentations, beginning here with Lyndon
LaRouches opening remarks.
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Let me say, first of all, that the policy which is contained in the
outline presented in the book, is one of three elements of policy,
upon which the future existence of civilization depends, including the
continuation of civilization, even as far distant as the end of this
century. It is a policy which, in part--the Land-ridge element--has
been adopted by China, which is now receiving cooperation from Iran,
significant cooperation from Iran, for reasons which Helga will
indicate, has recently received endorsement and offers of cooperation
from the President of India in meetings, public meetings with Jiang
Zemin of China. It has the express interest of Turkey by the present
Prime Minister Erbakan, in terms of cooperation with Iran. Recently,
the government of Armenia has emphasized the importance of its
collaboration with Iran, because of this kind of policy. It has the
support, in significant degree, of the Foreign Minister of Russia,
And, in the most recent period, since the French government has
broken with the British government in a dramatic move over the issue
of British Commonwealth genocide in Africa, the French government has
entered into new degrees of cooperation with Germany, both against
British Commonwealth genocide in Africa, and, also, in support of
Germany's, France's, Russia's, and other countries interest in
cooperation with Iran, with India, with Asia and Russia, in developing
this type of orientation of economic cooperation across Eurasia,
across continental Eurasia, and into Africa.
Background: The SDI
Now, the background to this, on how we got into this business. It
started formally in 1982-83, when I was invited by representatives of
the U.S. Executive Branch, to set up a back-channel discussion with
the Soviet government. And, it was agreed that the subject of my
discussion would include, among other things, a presentation of my
design for a strategic ballistic missile defense, to be mutually
supported, hopefully, by both governments, the development of which
would be utilized to provide new technologies for a recovery of the
world in general from the economic disaster which was already then in
During 1982, to February of 1983, I conducted negotiations through
this back-channel with the Soviet government. In February, the Soviet
government turned down the policy recommendation I made, though they
were still interested in economic discussions. But, in March of the
same year, March 23, the President of the United States, Reagan,
adopted and presented the policy which Id been discussing with the
Soviets, and which became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Now, in the process of those discussions, in February, my last
meeting then with the Soviet representative (I met the same gentleman
recently in Russia. We had some reminiscence on these things); but, in
my last meeting, I warned him, that if the President of the United
States were to offer the kind of cooperation which I had outlined to
him and his government, and that if the Soviet government refused
that offer of Reagan's, then, within about five years, the Soviet
economy would collapse.
Now, 1988 came, five years later. In Berlin, on Oct. 12 of 1988, as
a part of my Democratic Presidential nomination campaign at the time,
I gave a Columbus Day press conference in Berlin, in which I announced
the imminent disintegration of the Comecon and Warsaw Pact in their
present form, and indicated both that Poland would probably be the
first nation to break out of the Comecon Warsaw Pact alliance,
and, secondly, that Berlin would likely become, soon, the designated
new capital of a unified Germany.
I indicated that, from the standpoint of the United States,
that for the period of the coming administration, the primary policy
question on the table of the United States, would be the breakup of
the Warsaw PactComecon alliance, and that the United States
would have to base its global policy on that fact as a central feature
of the strategic landscape, for the coming period. I also broadcast
this on a national television broadcast here in the United States, a
televised copy of that address which I gave in Berlin, at the Berlin
Within about a year from there, as we all know, the Berlin Wall
began to crumble. It had started, as I had indicated earlier, in
Poland, which was the first nation to break the Comecon bonds. Then,
in October-December of 1989, the Berlin Wall crumbled.
And, there were two policies on the table of the world. One was the
policy which I had indicated, that we must reach out to the former
Soviet Union and the states of Eastern Europe, to create a new form of
economic cooperation, based in part on the fact that in the Soviet
military-industrial sector, there was one of the most important
concentrations of strategic machine tool capability in the world. And,
the collaboration between the United States, and France, and Germany,
especially Germany, with that sector, would be the potential science-technology
driver for a generalized world recovery. That was my policy.
It was also the policy of a leading German banker, Alfred
Herrhausen of Deutsche Bank, who unfortunately was assassinated in
British interest, in November of that year, on the basis of a similar
policy which he had enunciated for Eastern Europe.
The other policy was a policy of Margaret Thatcher and the
person she describes as her "little poodle dog," President
George Bush, who she could make do anything she wanted to make him do.
I'd ask Helga about that, how that works. Sometimes, the dogs make you
do what they want you to do, but it usually works the other way.
So, Bush and Thatcher took the wrong policy. Were now in a
global disaster. The likelihood of civilization surviving in its
present form to the end of the century, is almost zero. We are
presently in the worst financial crisis in the history of modern
Europe. Within a matter of weeks or months--some say weeks, some say
months. It doesn't make any difference; the Titanic's
sinking anyway, and the day on which it sinks is not the issue. The
question is: Do we have the sense to get off the ship before
it sinks? Not can we, like the hogs on Wall Street, wait till the last
moment, to get out of the market just before it collapses? People get
slaughtered doing that.
So, the two issues are this. First of all, to deal with this
crisis and the banking system collapse is inevitable. It is not
because of Japans bad policy or somebody else's bad policy. Its
because of everybody's-bad policy: the IMF's bad policy,
London's bad policy, our bad policy. We've been destroying modern
economy, we've lowered the productive powers of labor. Most parts of
the Third World, especially Africa and, to some degree, Central and
South America, are suffering far more than they ever did, 30 years
ago. The condition of mankind in general on this planet is far worse
than it was 30 years ago, in physical parameters.
Yes, there is a facade, one might say a Potemkin village
facade, of prosperity still around the planet. Its like one of these
houses you get in Northern Virginia. Its all facade, but the inside is
not worth having. And they charged you $250,000 or more, for the
experience of having the house collapse around you. And that's our
The Bubble Is About To Pop
As a result of this kind of economy, we have built up the
greatest financial bubble in history, a bubble which amounts to
trading of about $3 trillion a day. With the support collapsing from
underneath it, this bubble will collapse. Nothing can prevent this
bubble from collapse, except putting it into bankruptcy.
Therefore, there are three elements which are required to get
out of this mess. First of all, a number of governments, led by the
United States Executive--that means President Clinton in this period;
whatever you think of Clinton, he's got the ball--must initiate an
emergency, new Bretton Woods conference, to re-establish immediately
the best features of the Bretton Woods system prior to 1966. That is,
a system of stable parities, a system whose trade and tariff
agreements are essentially protectionist in nature, a system to foster
cheap credit for long-term investment in international markets, and to
foster scientific and technological progress. A new Bretton Woods,
which must essentially meet over a weekend, declare the present
international monetary and financial institutions to be bankrupt, to
agree to put these institutions into government-supervised
receivership for reorganization, to prevent social chaos, and to
preserve essential structure of fiscal and financial administration;
to cancel all existing trade and tariff agreements, to set up a new
set of mutually advantageous protectionist arrangements, in order to
foster investment and growth within national sectors.
Once that's done, the second thing is to find a major series
of projects which can lead to an economic recovery, in the sense that
Roosevelt during the late 1930s conceived an economic recovery of the
United States. You must have large-scale infrastructure
projects--otherwise, no economic recovery.
And, this world is a mess. Most of the world does
precisely because there's not the infrastructure present, in terms of
transportation, power, and so forth, to enable the world to function.
You cant have peace in the Middle East, because there's not enough
water in the area of Palestine adjoining Jordan, to sustain the
existing population. Without large-scale water development projects,
which includes desalination on a mass scale, there is no possibility
of peace in the Middle East. That's typical of the infrastructure
The problems in Africa, the key economic problem, is
infrastructure: clean water to drink, efficient transportation,
adequate power resources. Without these elements, there is no hope of
economic development in Africa.
In Asia, we have the greatest concentration of the worlds
population, with a totally inadequate inland infrastructure
development. The greatest part of the human population, ready for
growth, but unable to do so effectively, for reason of lack of
adequate development of infrastructure.
So therefore, the Eurasian Land-Bridge conception, an idea
which was initially presented in the 1860s by Henry C. Carey, the
economist who was also a partner of President Abraham Lincoln. And,
Carey proposed that the lessons of Europe and the United States in
opening up the western lands from the Atlantic to the Pacific and then
similarly in Europe, through railroad development corridors, be
utilized throughout Eurasia from the Atlantic to the Pacific and to
the Indian Ocean, to accomplish similar results in Eurasia.
This policy, presented by Carey, which was adopted by
important circles in Germany, was spread into Russia, into China, and
others, and resulted in a policy which caused Britain to organize
World War I. That is, the so-called Land-Bridge program of certain
French interests associated with Sadi Carnot, the President of France
who was assassinated, with Gabriele Hanotaux, the Foreign Minister and
historian, with Count Sergei Witte of Russia, with circles around the
Chinese movement of Sun Yat-sen in China, with pre-1894 interests in
Japan of the Meiji Restoration, were all agreed on the development of
railway development corridors. Not just railroad tracks:
railroad development corridors, such as we had used in the United
States, in developing the western lands of the United States, through
railway corridors; that that must be done throughout Asia.
And, people associated with the Bache tradition in the United
States, with Emil Rathenau, and Siemens and others in Germany, the
forces I indicated in France, the circles of Dmitri Mendeleyev and of
Witte in Russia, were united in developing a series of railroad
corridors which would extend from the Atlantic, from the coast of
France to the Pacific across to the islands, and railroad connections
down into Japan itself, with the same thing to be done toward the
Casus Belli for Britain
The British said plainly at that time, that this proposal was a
threat to the British Empire. The development of a continental
communications network of this type, would mean that the continental
power of the Eurasian land mass would dominate over the maritime power
of the British Empire. And that the British Empire would not tolerate.
And thus the British succeeded, by a number of measures in organizing
World War I, to prevent that from occurring.
Now, its back on the agenda. Again, the British are prepared to
destabilize China, prepared to destabilize Iran, destroy it, and so
forth and so on, to prevent this project from occurring.
The third element, in addition to the Land-Bridge program, which is
our great recovery program for this planet for the 21st century, is
the return to the Machine Tool Principle. The problem we have in Asia,
is this. Japan has a very good machine tool sector, though its not
being helped by the current financial situation, or trade situation.
Korea has a decent machine tool sector. Taiwan has, relatively, a very
good machine tool sector. The Philippines used to have a bit of a
machine tool sector until they shut it down, and packed it up and
shipped it out, back to the United States.
Indonesia has a very limited machine tool sector, chiefly under the
top-down organization of Professor Habibie. Other states in Southeast
Asia either have no machine tool sector, or virtually none.
In India, there is a machine tool sector which is very inadequate,
relative to the population. China has a machine tool sector which is
being fostered, but its inadequate relative to the population. The
strategic machine tool sector in the United States has been virtually
destroyed. We have depended upon Germany and Japan, for the key
elements of our machine tool sector.
Without a strategic machine tool sector, you can not maintain the
rate of progress in the productive powers of labor which are needed to
sustain a global recovery program. Without the fostering of the
machine tool sector, the strategic machine tool sector, of the type we
used to associate with military technology; without that, you can not
muster the intellectual force needed to increase the productive powers
of labor sufficiently, to meet the moral requirement which we have to
humanity in the coming period.
So, those three things are the foundations of a recovery policy, a
survival policy for civilization, for the remainder of this century
and the next century. And the Land-Bridge program is at the center of
it. Helga, who worked with me closely, and with others in 1989 and
1990, in developing this program, around the so-called Productive
Triangle program in Europe, has been through various phases of this.
Shes been involved in discussions with China at a high level,
discussions with other countries, or coordinating that. Michael Liebig
and Anno Hellenbroich have been similarly involved with that, directly
So, Helga will present the vital elements of the Land-Bridge
program as such, and then, in the question period, you can ask
us--including Mr. Liebig and Mr. Hellenbroich, who are also
available--to answer your questions.
Helga Zepp LaRouche's presentation appears separately
under the title:
The Eurasian Land-Bridge
The mort important strategic question of today.
Table of Contents of the Land-Bridge Special
- Part 1.
China and the future of the world economy
- Part 2.
The strategy for the 'New Silk Road'
- A conference in Beijing sets the stage for the 21st
- Secure peace through common development
- The start of a new economic era for a new civilization
- Iran: a strategic bridge between East and West
- Building the Silk Road Land-Bridge
Helga Zepp LaRouche
- History of the new Eurasian Continental Bridge
- Further presentations from the Beijing conference
- Part 3.
High-technology infrastructure development corridors:
locomotives for a Eurasian economic miracle
- What is an infrastructure development corridor?
- Technology for the Eurasian infrastructure development
- Part 4.
The network of the Eurasian Land-Bridge
- China and Europe as Eurasia's development poles
- Crucial infrastructure projects in China
- Europe: The 'Productive Triangle'must be implemented!
- The southern Eurasian corridors
- Russia: The northern bridge between East and West
- The Eurasian Land-Bridge anddevelopment around the great
- Part 5.
The world financial crisis and its solution
- Financial AIDS: The systemic crisis of the world
financial and economic order
- Financing an economic miracle: Hamiltonian credit
- Productive credit generation: Examples from U.S. history
- Part 6.
Essential principles of physical economy
- What is physical economy?
- 'Post-industrial' utopia or universal economic growth and
development: How 3 billion jobs can be created
- Productive credit generation: Examples from U.S. history
- Millions of new jobs through science and technology: An
- Part 7
The industrial capabilities needed for Eurasian development and
world economic recovery: The example of Germany
- Germany: Industry-builder for Eurasia
- Machine-tool design: the brains of profit
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
- The crucial role of the 'Mittelstand' in the economy of
- Part 8
The British Empire's battle to destroy Eurasian development
- Part 9
The Eurasian Land-Bridge and the economic reconstruction of the
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