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New Silk Road could change global economics forever

Posted by seumasach on May 25, 2015

Zero Hedge

23rd May, 2015

Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination.

China is building the world’s greatest economic development and construction project ever undertaken: The New Silk Road. The project aims at no less than a revolutionary change in the economic map of the world. It is also seen by many as the first shot in a battle between east and west for dominance in Eurasia.

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BRICS trample US in South America

Posted by seumasach on May 25, 2015

Pepe Escobar

RT

22nd May, 2015

It started in April with a rash of deals between Argentina and Russia during President Cristina Kirchner’s visit to Moscow.

And it continues with a $53 billion investment bang as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Brazil during the first stop of yet another South American commercial offensive – complete with a sweet metaphor: Li riding on a made in China subway train that will ply a new metro line in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

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U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order

Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2015

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

15th May, 2015

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

History may signal it all started with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.

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China overtakes US as Australia’s top foreign investors

Posted by seumasach on May 2, 2015

PressTV

1st May, 2015

China has surpassed the United States to become Australia’s largest foreign investor, official data show.

Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) said in its annual report on Thursday that China spent over AUD 27.7 billion (USD 21.8 billion) in Australia’s market in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014, far outstripping the United States and Canada with AUD 17.5 billion and AUD 15.4 billion, respectively.

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What is the real military situation in Afghanistan today ?

Posted by seumasach on April 29, 2015

Asia Times

28th April, 2015

On March 19, 2015 New York Times reported that the Afghan peace process was still a long-cherished dream since the Taliban are unable to resolve their “internal differences” over the question of holding a dialogue with the U.S. and its allies.  It further reported that since peace couldn’t be expected to take shape under such a scenario, the Afghan government, as well as U.S. officials, were mulling the possibility of yet another year of “bloody fighting with the insurgents.” Reflecting this situation, the Times report had an ‘apt’ title:More U.S. Troops Seen Staying in Afghanistan

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China ploughs £1bn into Docklands

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2015

“The investment is a strategically important beginning for our exploration in the European market,” Li Huaizhen, Minsheng’s CEO, said in Shanghai

Telegraph

15th February, 2015

A Chinese investment firm has announced it is to invest £1bn in a homegrown development project to create a third financial district in east London.

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AIIB “biggest blow to America’s superpower status in the post-war era”

Posted by seumasach on April 12, 2015

How China grew desperate to conceal its power from the world

Telegraph

11th April, 2015

The creation of the prosaic-sounding Asian Infrastructure Investment Development Bank (AIIB) has landed the biggest blow to America’s superpower status in the post-war era.

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China has announced plans for a ‘world currency’

Posted by seumasach on March 8, 2015

Economic Collapse Blog

4th March, 2015

The Chinese do not plan to live in a world dominated by the U.S. dollar for much longer.  Chinese leaders have been calling for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the primary global reserve currency for a long time, but up until now they have never been very specific about what they would put in place of it.  Many have assumed that the Chinese simply wanted some new international currency to be created.  But what if that is not what the Chinese had in mind?  What if they have always wanted their own currency to become the single most dominant currency on the entire planet?  What you are about to see is rather startling, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.  When it comes to economics and finance, the Chinese have always been playing chess while the western world has been playing checkers.  Sadly, we have gotten to the point where checkmate is on the horizon.

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Prince William meets China’s president Xi Jinping

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

as he invites Queen to visit Beijing

The meeting, by far the most heavyweight diplomatic mission the Duke has ever attempted, not only heralded a new beginning for relations between China and the Royal family, but also symbolised the extent to which Britain is desperate to court what will soon be the world’s biggest economy.

Telegraph

2nd March, 2015

His father the Prince of Wales famously referred to China’s leaders as “appalling old waxworks”, and has never been back to the country since.

But his son the Duke of Cambridge pulled off something of a diplomatic coup, and a major thawing of relations between Beijing and the Royal family, by gaining an unexpected audience with President Xi Jinping.

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Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2015

Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin, says West should ‘abandon zero-sum mentality’

Independent

28th February, 2015

China has voiced its support for Russia’s handling of the Ukraine crisis, with prominent diplomat Qu Xing calling on the West to “abandon its zero-sum mentality”.

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Tsipras needs a recovery plan

Posted by seumasach on February 3, 2015

China Daily

3rd February, 2015

The actions of Alexis Tsipras, who heads the new Greek government, have been swifter than most expected, as he bids to deliver on the promises he made to voters in the run-up to the election on Jan 25.

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