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The New World Order is not turning out as planned. Instead of all power emanating from London and Washington, new power centres are emerging to the South and East: a new global equilibrium raises the possibility of a new post-imperial age of peace and equality between nations.

Here’s a summary of Sergey Lavrov’s speech to the UN General Assembly

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

The Duran

25th September, 2016

Using measured but uncompromising language Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed to the UN General Assembly the main directions of Russia’s foreign policy: alliance with China, Eurasian integration, the defence of international law and opposition to regime change. Lavrov also set out Russian positions in respect of the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

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China ups the game in the South China Sea

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2016

Pepe Escobar

Sputnik

12th September, 2016

The Joint Sea-2016 started this Monday; that’s the fifth annual China-Russia naval drill, featuring stalwarts from both navies in action at the eastern waters of Zhanjiang, in Guangdong province, the HQ of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Nanhai Fleet.

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Lessons from G20 Summit: Two different routes to the future

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2016

The G20 summit represents a turning point when China took the lead in a the globalisation and the English-speaking world suddenly discovered itself to be anti-globalisation.

George Koo

Asia Times

11th September, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered to the world cooperation and collaboration on a path for common prosperity while Obama offered umbrella of missile defense protection and a path to death and destruction.

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Duterte’s ‘shock and awe’ diplomacy

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2016

Asia Times

13th September, 2016

“I will be charting a [new] course [for the Philippines] on its own and will not be dependent on the United States,” declared Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ firebrand president after winning a landslide victory earlier this year. Under the leadership of newly-minted president, the Philippines is rapidly transforming its foreign policy predisposition.

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Russia-China military ties take a leap forward

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2016

What this reveals is that the new US doctrine of detente with Russia alongside containment of China is already dead in the water. The assumption behind this strategy would have been that Russia and China could be set at odds rather as they were by Kissinger in 1972. China’s deployment in Syria and Russia’s support for China over the South Seas have essentially laid to rest such delusions. As a result, I would predict that the Brexit project will be very short-lived, that Temer will be hoisted on his own petard of Facebook protest, that Macri will reverse his anti-China shift, that the oppositional movements Venezuela, South Africa and Zimbabwe will fail and that Australia will not end up preferring a security alliance with the USA to it’s vital economic interests in a trade deal with China. At the same time, all the logic of this situation points to a Trump victory in the US. There will be no comeback for the neo-con elements purged by Obama now gathering around Clinton. We are at a remarkable conjuncture with the moment of truth to come with the raising of interest rates in the US. Then we will know exactly the potential for East-West cooperation and a reset of the global financial system: whether what is to come will be merely painful or totally catastrophic.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

11th September, 2016

The wrap on the long-awaited China-Russia naval exercise in the South China Sea has been lifted, finally. From what Beijing disclosed today regarding the eight-day exercise (codenamed Joint Sea-2016), beginning on September 12, it is anything but a routine exercise. Make no mistake, it marks a leap forward in Sino-Russian military ties and signals a significant show of strategic congruence.

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“The Boss” at the G20

Posted by seumasach on September 7, 2016

Pepe Escobar

Telesur

6th September, 2016

The G20 in China was immensely impressive—in a way that very few in the West are able to understand. I’ve been living in Asia on and off for 22 years now—and other experienced, trusted Asia hands have had the same impression.

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Europe forges ahead with plans for ‘EU army’

Posted by seumasach on September 6, 2016

Who said good things wouldn’t come out of Brexit! The end of NATO is one of them. Without the UK European integration has received a shot in the arm and Europe begins to cast off US tutelage and emerge on the global stage as an independent force. As I have argued for some time this is a necessary step towards a multipolar world.

Telegraph

6th September, 2016

Europe is planning to forge ahead with plans for an EU Armythat some fear could eventually displace Nato, with senior officials in Brussels urging EU member states to capitalise on the “political space” left by Britain’s decision to vote to leave.  

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The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2016

The loss of the Turkey “vassal” secures the failure of the state Department’s Syria policy. At the same time, China has made a bold move in supporting Damascus militarily showing that they cannot be “contained” in the Asia-Pacific. The writing is on the wall for US hegemony as it has been for some time: the question really is can the USA abandon exceptionalism and enter into power sharing agreements with it’s rivals. Such leadership is badly needed but as the USA fragments into a chaos of interest groups, lobbies and identities where can it come from? Both Clinton’s neoconservative revival and Trump’s anti-China isolationism look like the pure fantasy of a nation unable to realistically assess it’s own status.

Mike Whitney

UNZ

25th August, 2016

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Here’s an excerpt from the article in the AI:

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Joe Biden came, saw, but failed to conquer Turkey

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

26th August, 2016

If US Vice President Joe Biden hoped for a trade-off with Turkish President Recep Erdogan – US assurances over Euphrates River ‘red line’ for Kurdish militia in lieu of Turkey’s acquiescence with Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen remaining in Pennsylvania – that was not to be. ‘Euphrates Shield’ pre-empted Biden’s bidding. Erdogan thereby made Gulen’s extradition a ‘stand-alone’ issue. US’s Syria policies are in free fall and Turkey is increasingly eyeing Russia and Iran as its key interlocutors to resolve the Syrian problem.

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Putin: Nyet to Neo-liberals, Da to National Development

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2016

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

2nd August, 2016

After more than two years of worsening economic growth and an economy struggling with 10.5% central bank interest rates that make new credit to spur growth virtually impossible, Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally broken an internal factional standoff. On July 25 he mandated that an economic group called the Stolypin Club prepare their proposals to spur growth revival to be presented to the government by the Fourth Quarter of this year. In doing so, Putin has rejected two influential liberal or neo-liberal economic factions that had brought Russia into a politically and economically dangerous recession with their liberal Western free market ideology. This is a major development, one I had been expecting since I had the possibility to exchange views this June in St. Petersburg at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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Turkey harmonises with Russia, Iran on Syria

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2016

M.K.Bhadfrakumar

Indian Punchline

15th August, 2016

The reported remarks Monday by Turkish Prime Minister Binaldi Yildirim regarding a 3-step road map for ending the Syrian conflict would be the latest indication that Ankara is tiptoeing toward restoring Turkish-Syrian relations at the diplomatic and political level.

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