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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.

The Iran-Russia-China strategic triangle

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2016

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

21st November, 2016

On November 14-15 in Teheran, during a high-level visit of the Chinese Defense Minister, General Chang Wanquan, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, the two major Eurasian nations signed a deal to enhance military cooperation. The agreement calls for intensification of bilateral military training and closer cooperation on what the Iran sees as regional security issues, with terrorism and Syria at the top of the list. Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, said Iran is ready to share with China its experiences in fighting against the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Dehghan added that the agreement represents an “upgrade in long-term military and defense cooperation with China.”

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Leaders pledge to ‘keep our markets open’

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2016

The world has already undergone a historic shift: China is now leading globalization. This explains the sudden “feeling left behind by globalization” trend in the West. It is also behind the utopian nationalist programs of the Trump and Brexit ilk: a desire to choose past greatness in “splendid isolation” in preference to becoming a mere partner in a multipolar world. In as far as the Anglosphere still talks of globalization it is done under the old “free-trade” label ignoring the fact that it is the international movement of capital which is the key element of globalization. The irony is that it is the US-UK in particular which most needs incoming capital investment and is therefore most likely to benefit from China-led globalization. Hence, the central issue of the moment: will Trump’s economic nationalist rhetoric give way to a more pragmatic approach and, in particular, a partnership with China?

China Daily

22nd November, 2016

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific economies ended their annual meeting with a joint pledge to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism.

The meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation organization, which accounts for 57 percent of the world economy, led to a joint statement on Sunday that asked to work toward adoption of the broader Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, a 21-economy pact that is favored by China.

“We reaffirm our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight against all forms of protectionism,” the leaders of the APEC economies said in the joint statement.

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Major foreign policy shift: Turkey abandoning EU for SCO

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2016

Strategic Culture

22nd November, 2016

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on November 20 that Turkey did not need to join the European Union «at all costs». Instead, it could become part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), or Shanghai Pact. The Turkish leader said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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Australia could align with Asia in Trump era

Posted by seumasach on November 21, 2016

So much for  Oceania! The dominoes are falling in Asia, firstly, with the Philippines and several other countries moving into China’s orbit but now with Australia seemingly poised to exit the Anglosphere. This comes as a blow to the idea of an orderly retreat from empire. The facts on the ground point in a different direction. Hopefully the new US presidency will take an equally pragmatic approach and embrace the rising powers rather than continuing to go against the flow of history.

 

Straits Times

18th November, 2016

SYDNEY • For Australia, the election of President-elect Donald Trump has raised fears about the previously unthinkable: the fracturing of the more than 65-year-old alliance between Canberra and Washington.

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The Eurasian century is now unstoppable

Posted by seumasach on October 6, 2016

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

4th October, 2016

I recently returned from a fascinating two week speaking tour in China. The occasion was the international premier of my newest book, One Belt, One Road–China and the New Eurasian Century. In the course of my visit I was invited by China’s Northwest University in Xi’an to give a lecture and seminar on the present global political and economic situation in the context of China’s New Economic Silk Road as the One Belt, One Road project is often called. What I’ve seen in my many visits to China, and have studied about the entirety of this enormously impressive international infrastructure project convinces me that a Eurasian Century at this point is unstoppable.

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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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