An Age of Northeast Asia
A New Takeoff Toward an Age of Peace and Prosperity.
Germany responds in dialog with India
[source: Feb. 25, Roh Speech Text, combined Korean press] S.
SOUTH KOREA'S NEW PRESIDENT ROH MOO-HYUN FOCUSED HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS FEB. 25 ON THE EURASIAN LAND-BRIDGE AND THE NEW SILK ROAD, under the title "An Age of Northeast Asia Begins: A New Takeoff Toward an Age of Peace and Prosperity." As authority for this, Roh cited "renowned international scholars." "Insiders are aware," as one Seoul source put it, that this is "a reference to Lyndon LaRouche."
Roh appointed a fierce critic of the IMF, Dr. Yoon Young-kwan of Seoul National University, as Foreign Minister, and has retained Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun, an architect of the "Sunshine Policy" with the North under President Kim Dae-jung (who handed over the office on Feb. 25). Two other new ministers are on record as foes of the free-trade World Trade Organization policies, especially on food security.
Roh's main point was that only the economic development of the entire Korean Peninsula and Eurasia, can assure peace in Korea -- another policy hallmark of Lyndon LaRouche.
"The international security environment is rather unsettling. The Iraqi situation is extremely tense," Roh began. "In particular, global concern is rising over the North Korean nuclear issue. This is the time to make a determined effort to safeguard peace and have it firmly rooted on the peninsula. The international economic situation is also deteriorating....
"Our nation, therefore, is in urgent need of a new economic growth engine.... Fellow Koreans, in this new age, our future can no longer be confined to the Korean peninsula. The `Age of Northeast Asia' is fast approaching. Northeast Asia, which used to be on the periphery of the modern world, is now emerging as a new source of energy in the global economy. Renowned international scholars have long predicted that the 21st Century would be the Age of Northeast Asia and their predictions are coming true. Business transactions in the region already represent one-fifth of global volume and the combined population of Korea, China, and Japan is four times larger than that of the European Union.
"The Korean Peninsula is located at the heart of the region. It is a big bridge linking China and Japan, the continent and the ocean ... it demands that we play a pivotal role in the Age of Northeast Asia in the 21st Century. Logistics bases are being perfected on land and sea and in the air as seen in the up-to-date facilities at Incheon International Airport, Pusan and Kwangyang ports, and the projected super-speed railway systems. The country is being equipped with all the basic requirements necessary to lead the Age of Northeast Asia in the 21st Century....
"To bring about a genuine Age of Northeast Asia, a structure of peace must be institutionalized on the Korean Peninsula. It is most unfortunate that the peninsula still remains the last legacy of the Cold War of the 20th Century. In the 21st Century, we have to change the peninsula into a land that sends out messages of peace to the rest of the world. It has to be reborn as East Asia's gateway of peace, connecting the Eurasian land-mass with the Pacific Ocean.
"We have to soon bring the day when passengers will be able to buy a train ticket in Pusan and travel all the way to Paris in the heart of Europe via Pyongyang, Shinuiju and the many cities in China, Mongolia and Russia.
"So far, we have made great efforts to promote peace in the land and the results have been remarkable. Exchanges of people and merchandise between the two Koreas are taking place routinely, almost on a daily basis. Inter-Korean travel routes are open on land and sea and in the air.... First, I will try to resolve all pending issues through dialogue. Second, I will give priority to building mutual trust and upholding reciprocity. Third, I will seek active international cooperation on the premise that South and North Korea are the two main actors in inter-Korean relations....
"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. Alliance," Roh concluded. "The Korean people are deeply grateful for this. We will foster and develop this cherished alliance. We will see to it that the alliance matures into a more reciprocal and equitable relationship. Fellow citizens, for a long period of time, we have lived on the periphery. At times, we were forced to go through a history of dependence, unable to determine our own destiny. But, today we are at the threshold of a new turning point. Opportunity has come for us to take off as the hub of Northeast Asia. We should seize this opportunity.
"We are a people who can bring about miracles if united. Let us all pull together with all our hearts. I invite you all to join this historic march and make a new takeoff toward an age of peace and prosperity. Thank you." [ksw]
[source: Oana-Yonhap, Seoul, 2/28]
ONE OF SOUTH KOREA'S NEW PRESIDENT ROH MOON-HYUN'S "TEN MAJOR TASKS" IS TO BUILD A GAS PIPELINE FROM RUSSIA THROUGH THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH. Posed by some as an alternative to the North Korean nuclear facilities, the gas reserves either in Irkutsk in Siberia, or in Sakhalin, could be piped for 4,200 km or 2,400 km respectively, through the North, which could use the gas free, as a transit fee, to fuel thermal power plants, then on to the South, where the renewed port facilities would facilitate export. The Irkutsk gas fields, while farther away, are far larger. The report points out that the United States would prefer the Sakhalin plan, since ExxonMobil holds the largest stake there. [mob]
Comment from the LaRouche organization:
As Lyndon LaRouche has emphasized in recent days, if the United States does launch a war against Iraq, this will have the effect of turning the North Korea conflict into one that cannot be solved. The North Koreans will take a U.S. invasion of Iraq as a sign that they are next, and there is no predicting what they will do. Right now, there are still clear and obvious diplomatic solutions that can solve this conflict, but all those options disappear the instant the United States invades Iraq.
Don't forget that there are 1 million North Korean soldiers under arms. There are about 400,000 South Korean troops, and 37,000 American GIs stationed in South Korea. A hot war on the Korean Peninsula, which becomes almost inevitable, if Bush orders an invasion of Iraq, could, and most likely would become a nuclear war--especially given the Chickenhawk promotion of mini-nukes and the use of nuclear weapons as part of the preventive war doctrine promulgated last September as the new national security doctrine of the Bush Administration. It is now being openly admitted--most recently by U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki--that a postwar U.S. military occupation of Iraq would require several hundred thousand troops. The mission could run for seven years. So despite what Donald Rumsfeld says to Congress, there is no way that the United States could respond to a Korea conflict with any kind of conventional force, because they'd all be tied down, one way or the other, in Iraq.
So there is no such thing as an ``Iraq war.'' It goes even beyond the ``Clash of Civilizations'' promoted by Bernard Lewis et al. This is something even more horrific. Of course the insane utopians who congregate in the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney and Lewis Libby, in the civilian Pentagon bureaucracy of Wolfowitz, Feith, et al., and at the DLC headquarters, are all insane enough to believe that the U.S. should use nuclear weapons in a preventive attack on North Korea. This was openly stated last Friday (Feb. 28) in the Nicholas Kristof op-ed in the New York Times.
It appears that these utopians prefer a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula to the realization of the LaRouche Eurasian Land-Bridge, which is now proceeding ahead on three interrelated tracks: The European Triangle cooperation (Russia, France, Germany), the North Asian Iron Railroad, and the overall Eurasian Land-Bridge, centered on the Russia-China-India cooperation.
[Source: German news wires, March 1]
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH COOPERATION IS AT THE CENTER OF GERMAN PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO INDIA. President Johannes Rau and his wife Christina, who arrived in New Delhi today, will tour India for five days and meet with several Indian leaders besides President Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. As was noted in a preview of the visit, science issues will play a central role, and the high point of that will be a Rau visit to the Indian Space Agency. The German President is also expected to put a special emphasis on the need for a "dialogue of civilizations," during his political meetings and public appearances. (rap)
Comment: The Dialog of Civilizations approach is a long and widely promoted LaRouche policy, especially in the international arena.