The Seamless Web for Community Integration
Source: Technocratic Tyranny
In 2013, China announced the Belt and Road Initiative. The video on the right explains the concept.
China’s transportation project didn’t start in 2013. It was only announced in 2013. They may be exploiting the plan, but it wasn’t their plan. The idea of an international transportation system centered around transportation hubs (ports) was purely homegrown – made in America (emulating the British Empire). It has been operative since at least 1990.
This story begins on June 23, 1988 when Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke gave an address to a joint session of Congress (video on the right). He laid out his vision for a new relationship between the U.S. and Australia and other countries of the Pacific Rim.
The result of Bob Hawke’s Address to Congress was the establishment of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization. The first meeting was in November of 1989 in Canberra, Australia. In his welcoming remarks to the attendees Prime Minister Hawke said the following within the context of a Pacific Century.
. . .I express my heartiest welcome to our guests today – to Ministers and senior officials from Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States of America – I do so, first, with a deep sense of personal satisfaction.
But much more importantly, I do so with a sense that we are participants in an unprecedented, vital experiment in international consultation – we have made an historic breakthrough where previous efforts, for different reasons, had failed.
This is the first time the region has met, as a region, to discuss the economic future of the region.
A paper posted on the ResearchGate website titled, The Genesis of APEC: Australian-Japanese Political Initiatives by Takashi Terada of Doshisha University gives a more thorough background history of the founding of APEC.
With the benefit of hindsight, Hawke was talking about a global forum for commerce. The idea was globalization of the economies of member nations, re-distribution of commercial activity (jobs and wealth), and central planning for commercial trade facilitation for the Pacific Rim nations.
In a Background overview for the first meeting of APEC, the writer describes the objectives. The paper is written for academics so you have translate each paragraph into real language keeping in mind that they are planning the gutting of the American economy.
The areas of focus in the overview included:
- Investment and Technology Transfer and Related Aspects of Human Resources Development
- Development of Infrastructure including Telecommunications, Aviation, Maritime facilities – port infrastructure, hub and spoke links with land transport.
- Resources including Agriculture, Fisheries, Minerals and Metals
- Environment – “One of the main catalysts for action has been the 1987 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development“
- Trade Promotion
The 1987 Report is the Brundtland Report titled Our Common Future. It’s called the Brundtland Report because Gro Harlem Brundtland chaired the commission. You can read more about these world commissions in the article titled, Rise of the Socialist International.
At the July 1990 meeting of APEC, Secretary of State James Baker III proposed as his first priority to add Transportation as an area of focus for APEC. Transportation as a subject matter is far more expansive than maritime ports and airports. In fact, President George H.W. Bush announced a new national Transportation plan for the United States in March of 1990. The U.S. Transportation plan was designed to include international corridors from Mexico to Canada for international commerce – to be part of a seamless web to facilitate North American international commerce.
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