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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.

Belt and Road can complement America First

Posted by seumasach on May 17, 2017

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1046930.shtmlGlobal Times

15th May, 2017

Sunday saw the start of the first-ever Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Washington sent a delegation led by White House adviser Matthew Pottinger to the summit, a sharp contrast from its previous attitude to Beijing’s infrastructure-building proposals. Washington “recognizes the importance” of the Belt and Road initiative, according to the US Commerce Department.

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Major developments strongly suggest the end of unipolar world order

Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2017

Federico Pieraccini

Strategic Culture

14th May, 2017

With Moon Jae-In’s victory in South Korea, the period of tension on the Korean Peninsula is likely to end. With the rise to power of the new president, South Korea can expect a sharp decline in hostilities with North Korea as well as a resumption of dialogue with China.

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China widens its Silk Road to the world

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2017

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

13th May, 2017

Let’s cut to the chase. China’s new ‘Silk Road’ initiative is the only large-scale, multilateral development project that the 21st century has seen so far.

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How China managed to overcome global economic slowdown

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2017

Sputnik

6th May, 2017

While Beijing is preparing to hold the One Belt, One Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14-15, Xinhua has stepped forward to bust the myth that China’s New Silk Road project is essentially a Marshall Plan 2.0.

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Tillerson-Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2017

This is a major foreign policy statement by Secretary of State, Tillerson. Note that there is no reference whatsoever to the UK, supposedly America’s closest ally. At its heart is a strategic partnership with China envisaged already in terms of long term strategic planning ( 50 years). In addition, detente with Russia and, specifically, cooperation against ISIS is back on the agenda. This is only logical: the US understands that the idea of creating a wedge between Russia and China, trending recently on alternative news sites, is devoid of realism. Of further significance is Tillerson’s clear disavowal of any attempt to impose US values universally placing US foreign policy unequivocally in the “realist” camp. It goes without saying that this program can only be applied subject to the overcoming of internal  opposition or, to put it bluntly, over the dead bodies of the neocon faction. The retreat from empire implies an adjustment to the power structure within the USA. This may already have happened to some extent with the shift of power away from the State Department to the Pentagon in fulfillment of the reversal of the policy outlined by Rumsfeld in 2001.

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5th May, 2017

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Trump’s ‘America First’ reappears centre stage

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2017

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

4th May, 2017

The US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy team bears an appearance of being dominated by the military brass. This in turn engendered the perception that Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy is not going to happen. But in reality Trump has been biding his time. One sign of it has been the slow, unobtrusive emergence of state secretary Rex Tillerson at the centre stage of policy-making in the recent weeks. (I subscribe to the opinion that Tillerson was an inspired choice President-elect Trump had made in his cabinet appointments.)

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Beijing has reasons to be ‘En Marche’ with Emmanuel Macron

Posted by seumasach on May 1, 2017

Asia Times

27th April, 2017

Chinese leaders probably sighed with relief after the victory of liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections on Sunday. The former economy minister and close aide to outgoing President Francois Hollande is now the favorite to win the May 7 run-off against nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen.

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Petrodollar faces growing threat from the East

Posted by seumasach on April 29, 2017

Asia Times

27th April, 2017

While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russo alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar.

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One Belt, One Road summit- China’s biggest diplomatic event this year

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

Asia Times

18th April, 2017

Leaders from around the world are eager to rub shoulders with Chinese officials at a summit in Beijing next month, as President Xi Jinping’s signature One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative gains momentum.

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Trump’s NSA bluffed. No sunlight between China and Russia

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2017

“No matter Trump’s game plan to drive a wedge between China and Russia by exploiting Xi’s interest in a ‘new type of major country relations’ with US, it is preposterous that Beijing will allow any erosion to the Sino-Russian entente. The point is, for both China and Russia, their number one priority in world politics will be to push back at US hegemony and there is no daylight possible here between them for a foreseeable future.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th April, 2017

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced earlier today that the Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China Li Zhanshu will visit Russia on April 25-27 at the invitation of his counterpart, head of the Presidential Administration in the Kremlin Anton Vaino. The Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing that the two officials will discuss China-Russia relations “as previously agreed on by the countries’ leaders” and that the Chinese side is confident that the visit will further galvanize Sino-Russian ties. (TASS)

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What should Xi and Trump talk about?

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2017

“There is another way to take advantage of the trade surplus China enjoys: to make financing one of the requirements in the infrastructure projects that Chinese companies wish to take part in. China should be quite willing to do so as it has been actively financing various projects along the Silk Road.”

In other words, China can write down US debt in exchange for investments in US

Asia Times

3rd April, 2017

Later this week, China’s President Xi Jinping will meet US President Donald Trump in Florida at the unofficial White House. In view of Trump’s predilection for unpredictability and brash outbursts, some pundits thought Xi might be taking a risk if the impromptu summit does not turn out well.

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