As Lyndon LaRouche has warned in the recent days, the world is closer to thermonuclear war than it's ever been. This is clearly reflected in the aggressive escalation of the propaganda warfare against the BRICS nations, as typified by a vicious article penned by a Council of Foreign Relations spokeswoman calling for military mobilization, economic warfare, and "color revolution" subversion to confront China, as retribution for Xi Jingping's efforts to create a new economic and strategic paradigm on the planet. Along with this have come thinly veiled death threats against Brazil's newly reelected president Dilma Rousseff with the London Economist article titled "Die-Hard Dilma".
Council of Foreign Relations Demands Military Confrontation With China To Stop Silk Road
Elizabeth Economy, the Asia Studies Director at the Council on Foreign Relations, penned a chilling call for military mobilization to confront China, to stop the New Silk Road process introduced by President Xi Jinping, whom she describes in the title of her Foreign Affairs article as "China's Imperial President" (quite a mouthful for the Asia chief at London's premier Imperial think tank in the U.S.).
Economy does not hide the fact that the target is the New Silk Road, the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the BRICS. She writes:
"For Xi, all roads lead to Beijing, figuratively and literally. He has revived the ancient concept of the Silk Road — which connected the Chinese empire to Central Asia, the Middle East, and even Europe — by proposing a vast network of railroads, pipelines, highways, and canals to follow the contours of the old route. The infrastructure, which Xi expects Chinese banks and companies to finance and build, would allow for more trade between China and much of the rest of the world. Beijing has also considered building a roughly 8,100-mile high-speed intercontinental railroad that would connect China to Canada, Russia, and the United States through the Bering Strait. Even the Arctic has become China's backyard: Chinese scholars describe their country as a near-Arctic state.
"Along with new infrastructure, Xi also wants to establish new institutions to support China's position as a regional and global leader. He has helped create a new development bank, operated by the BRICS countries to challenge the primacy of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. And he has advanced the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which could enable China to become the leading financier of regional development. These two efforts signal Xi's desire to capitalize on frustrations with the United States unwillingness to make international economic organizations more representative of developing countries."
Then she drops the bomb, calling for a U.S. military mobilization, economic warfare and "color revolution" subversion:
"Xi's nationalist rhetoric and assertive military posture pose a direct challenge to U.S. interests in the region and call for a vigorous response. Washington's rebalance, or pivot, to Asia represents more than simply a response to China's more assertive behavior. It also reflects the United States most closely held foreign policy values: freedom of the seas, the air, and space; free trade; the rule of law; and basic human rights. Without a strong pivot, the United States role as a regional power will diminish, and Washington will be denied the benefits of deeper engagement with many of the world's most dynamic economies. The United States should therefore back up the pivot with a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific to deter or counter Chinese aggression; reach consensus and then ratify the TPP; and bolster U.S. programs that support democratic institutions and civil society in such places as Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, where democracy is nascent but growing."
Brazil-Russia BRICS Dialogue: Information Warfare Against BRICS Is Underway, But BRICS March On
The Rossiya Segodnya international news agency's media center hosted a video-conference on the BRICS process on Oct. 29, in which leading Russian scholars and at least two Brazilians (including a Treasury Ministry official) participated.
Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Latin America director Vladimir Davydov warned that there are attempts to suppress not only Russia, but also the BRICS (the five-nation partnership comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), given the intensification of its global role. The information war being unleashed against Russia—largely in the form of a constant stream of hate propaganda against Russian President Vladimir Putin—could also hit Brazil, India and China, Davydov warned.
He also commented ironically that Western sanctions against Russia are not purely negative, noting:
"I suppose that the coming years, which will be difficult for Russia, will offer us new solutions both in the economy and technology."
Georgy Toloraya, Executive Director of the Russian National Committee on BRICS Research, emphasized the need to "institutionalize" BRICS coordination, in light of international instability. Russia chairs the BRICS next year.
"The BRICS summit in Fortaleza has become a surprising turning point. It convened in the context of confrontation between one of the BRICS members, Russia, and the West, the U.S. in particular, thus defining the new parameters of politics. This is a situation when the big powers start playing a very important role (in geopolitics) and the period of stability in international relations is over.... Russia highly appreciates the position of the BRICS countries in the UN, in the Security Council over Russia's contradictions with the West, the U.S. over the conflict in Ukraine."
RIA Novosti reports that Toloraya also noted that contacts within the BRICS framework are constantly expanding and stressed that at some point bureaucratic structures will have to be established.
"This is inevitable, and the first steps have already been taken—this is the investment bank, which is not only a source of financing, a source of mobilized resources for different BRICS projects, but also an analytical center. ... I'm determined that the institutionalization process stays very important and will keep developing in the future." He reported that the Russians are preparing a report on future prospects for a "structure" to the BRICS, and there will be a meeting in two weeks in Beijing on this.
Brazilians named as speakers were the Deputy Secretary of International Issues at the Finance Ministry, Marden Barboza, and Renato Baumann, director of International Studies at the government's Institute of Applied Economic Research.
As reported by RIA Novosti, Barboza spoke of how Brazil is looking to diversify its trading beyond traditional partners (including with the EU), and to further cooperate with its BRICS partners, adding, "Our government is also looking for new trading spaces. And Russia is a country with a very important potential."
Currently the volume of trade is very low (1-1.5 % of Brazil's foreign trade), but dialogue between the two countries has already begun on this. "We see the tendency of succession—in the sphere of international relations, economy. And this succession will move toward rapprochement with Latin America, Africa. We can see it now and it will deepen in the future," Barboza said, speaking about Dilma Rousseff's reelection.
Baumann is mentioned only as arguing that there are enormous opportunities for mutually beneficial relations, including within the BRICS.