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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.

Trump scores an own-goal in the game against Iran

Posted by seumasach on August 14, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th August, 2018

The Israeli press is awash with reports that US President Donald Trump is faithfully executing a containment strategy against Iran that was scripted in Tel Aviv by none other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Xi Jinping’s vision for global governance

Posted by seumasach on July 16, 2018

Kevin Rudd(former Australian prime minister)

Asia Times

15th July, 2018

The contrast between the disarray in the West, on open display at the NATO summit and at last month’s G7 meeting in Canada, and China’s mounting international self-confidence is growing clearer by the day. Last month, the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs, the second since Xi Jinping became China’s undisputed ruler in 2012. These meetings are not everyday affairs. They are the clearest expression of how the leadership sees China’s place in the world, but they tell the world much about China as well.

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Mahathir looks beyond China to Japan

Posted by seumasach on June 19, 2018

“Speaking at the Future of Asia conference, Mahathir also mooted the idea of an East Asia Economic Caucus (EAEC), a regional free trade zone he first proposed in 1997, to included Asean countries, China, Japan and South Korea, saying that a Pan-Asian bloc like EAEC could more effectively negotiate with major powers.”

Sensing the ebb of US power in Asia, Mahathir is quick to repose the question of East Asia economic unity in a situation  where Washington was no longer “in the position to demand that we not form the EAEC”.

Asia Times

16th June, 2018

Malaysia’s newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is back on the world stage – and is not shy about stating his opinions.

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Putin and Xi top the G6+1

Posted by seumasach on June 13, 2018

“In parallel, diplomats in Brussels confirmed to Asia Times there are insistent rumbles about Trump possibly dreaming of a G3 composed of just US, Russia and China.”

With all going quiet on the home front and the campaign to indite Trump as some kind of Russian agent, Trump may finally be moving towards the logical next step for US foreign policy: the establishment of the USA as a pole within the new multipolar world order. This would be a huge , historic development and one made possible, if it is possible, by the strong executive power inherent in the US constitution. The nightmare of the left liberals, Trump, Putin and Xi bestriding the world would, nonetheless, lay the foundations for peace on earth.

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

10th June, 2018

East vs. West: the contrast between the “dueling summits” this weekend was something for the history books.

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.

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How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Posted by seumasach on June 6, 2018

Mahbubani states the obvious: “The era of Western domination is coming to an end.” Western elites, he adds, “should lift their sights from their domestic civil wars and focus on the larger global challenges. Instead, they are, in various ways, accelerating their irrelevance and disintegration.”

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

6th June, 2018

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

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World leaders call for trust economy at Russian economic forum

Posted by seumasach on May 27, 2018

As US-led globalization degenerates into a cacophony of, hopefully, idle threats and the generalized incoherence that flows from internal division, the 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) shows that globalization itself is not dead. As a multipolar project led by China we can hope to see a constructive globalization process subject to new forms of global governance. The key issue of the moment is the joining of this process by Europe and the related question of the replacement of the dollar as the standard means of international payment. Consciously or unconsciously, Trump has played the role of facilitator of this process which is now unfolding at breathtaking speed leaving so many lagging behind, most especially, the Western intelligence which has never really got beyond liberal imperialism and has certainly never caught on to the idea of a multipolar world, to the idea of the equality of nations.

Xinhua

26th May, 2018

The 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) concluded a plenary session Friday as world leaders gathered here to discuss pressing economic challenges.

Held under the theme “Building a Trust Economy” this year, the forum, often referred to as Russia’s Davos, attracted some 15,000 participants from 70 countries to Russia’s “northern capital” and second largest city.

The leaders noted that there are alarming trends that might compromise economic growth, including rising protectionism and unilateralism, the spiral of sanctions and risks from radical technology transformation.

Recognizing the need for a concerted effort in response, they called on countries to enhance mutual trust, remove trade barriers and boost bilateral and multilateral cooperation to drive forward global growth.

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China, Germany relate their common interests

Posted by seumasach on May 27, 2018

Frank Sellers

The Duran

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing this week gives us some important details about what is moving the cogs of her foreign diplomatic and trade relations agenda. Merkel has several reasons, both politically and economically to make this journey.

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Putin and Abe agree to move forward on economic cooperation

Posted by seumasach on May 27, 2018

The noisy American retreat from the post-war international system which it itself dominated has opened multiple opportunities for the creation of a new international order and the resolution of geopolitical problems frozen in time. Here we are seeing the possibility of finally getting a Russia-Japan peace treaty for the second world war. Along with the emergence of an independent Europe. the sinking into irrelevance of NATO, the convergence of Germany and Russia /China and the definitive end of the cold war the ground is being laid for the unification of Eurasia, the world island as Mackinder put it. In other words, the end of the Anglo-American maritime empire as they themselves defined it.

Frank Sellers

The Duran

27th May, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, met in Moscow today to discuss a trio of topics, namely economic cooperation, the North Korea peace agreements that might be in the works, which both parties support, and the Southern Kuril islands issue.

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As US military effectiveness and diplomatic efforts fade into irrelevance many countries start ignoring Washington

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2018

Federico Pieraccini

Strategic Culture

5th April, 2018

Diplomatic work continues in some of the areas with the highest geopolitical tensions in the world. In recent days there have been high-level meetings and contacts between Turkey, Iran and Russia over the situation in Syria; meetings between Modi and Xi Jinping to ease tensions between India and China; and finally, the historic meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un. The common component in all these meetings is the absence of the United States, which may explain the excellent progress that has been seen.

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China and India are trying to write a new page of the world economy

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2018

 

“And then there are those 35,000 kilometers of highways and rail lines India wants to build over the next five years. Some India analysts are apparently wondering how to finance all that at an estimated cost equivalent to 3.4 percent of GDP.

That should be easy because the cost is just a little more than what China takes as a one-year trade surplus with India. So, China can recycle that money back to India to build modern infrastructure that would set the foundation for India’s sustainable, faster and balanced growth.”

Recycling the trade deficit as inward investment is a brilliant idea, a win/win idea and one which can be applied equally to other countries which habitually run a large trade deficit with China, most notably, the USA and the UK.

CNBC

4th April, 2018

Trust is an economic variable sounded like an echo swirling around Wuhan’s East Lake in China as President Xi Jinping was hosting last Friday and Saturday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an “informal,” “heart-to-heart” summit.

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Syrian showdown: Trump vs. the generals

Posted by seumasach on April 7, 2018

At least it’s no longer Trump v. the deep state and the Brits. Trump and the military probably have common ground in not wanting to shed more US soldiers blood in futile conflicts like the Iraq War. On the other hand, the military exists for war and peace per se is alien to them. This contradiction, primordial in an end of empire situation, leads to permanent cold war. However, US national interests demand not just the avoidance of hot war but the positive embrace of the emerging multipolar world order as the context for national reconstruction. Russia and China also must avoid the new cold war option for their own development. That is why they are not content merely to form an eastern block but continue their outreach to America.

Patrick J.Buchanan

Official Website

6th April, 2018

With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home.

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