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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.

Modi fine tunes ‘Act East’ policy

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2017

The self-isolationism of the US under Trump is spurring the integration of South -East Asia as well as, together with Brexit, European integration. The Trump presidency is serving as a catalyst for the emergence of a multipolar world. The big question remains: how can the USA integrate itself into the multipolar process?

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

15th November, 2017

Static diplomacy, like stale fish, stinks. Therefore, it is gratifying to see the delightful vagueness of the formulation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opening statement at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit at Manila on Monday, while referring obliquely to the South China Sea. PM Modi said: India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident… India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.

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Russia and China actively collude to bring down the only thing America cares about: THE DOLLAR

Posted by seumasach on November 1, 2017

A soft landing for the dollar is by far the best option. That implies negotiations. As the incumbent the US has certain advantages- it wouldn’t be negotiating entirely from a position of weakness. But Russia/China must be able to find reliable interlocutors in the US and, given the internal turmoil and division within the US ruling class, it is by no means certain they can be found. In order to take advantage of the win/win scenarios which multipolarity undoubtedy offers them the Americans have to sort themselves out.

Adam Garrie

The Duran

31st October, 2017

Russia is not actually interested in undermining American “democracy”. In fact, the United States isn’t particularly concerned either. But Russiagate continues to give mainstream media a narrative that it can sell to its dwindling core audience. However, when it comes to the real linchpin of American power, the almighty Dollar, things are very different.

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ASEAN to hold maritime exercise with China

Posted by seumasach on October 25, 2017

“All in all, the US attempts to create friction in the South China Sea area by instigating the ASEAN countries are floundering. Equally, it signifies the continuing decline in the US influence on the ASEAN as a regional group.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

24th October, 2017

The 11th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting at the Clark free port in Pampanga, Philippines, turns out to be Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s first exposure to ‘rising China’. In certain ways, it becomes a reality check, too.

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The US has two realistic options: save itself or destroy the world in trying to do so

Posted by seumasach on October 20, 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

19th October, 2017

Yesterday’s marathon speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping was not only a blueprint for China’s future, but for the future of the 21st century. Not only will all roads lead to China by century’s end, but in many ways, the new and most vibrant roads in the world already do.

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China expected to work with Europe to preserve Iran nuclear deal

Posted by seumasach on October 17, 2017

SCMP

16th October, 2017

China is expected to step up cooperation with European countries to preserve the Iran nuclear deal reached two years ago after US President Donald Trump indicated that he might decertify the agreement, analysts said.

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One day after historic Saudi-Russian summit, US suspends military exercises with “Arab allies”

Posted by seumasach on October 7, 2017

Zero Hedge

6th October, 2017

Russia no longer even has to lift a finger (or buy a few thousands dollars worth of Facebook ads) to steal influence from the US in key geopolitical hotspots: the US can do so on its own.

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Challenging the dollar: China and Russia’s plan from petroyuan to gold

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2017

“The reason the dollar plays such an important role in the world economy is due to the following three major factors: the petrodollar; the dollar as world reserve currency; and Nixon’s decision in 1971 to no longer make the dollar convertible into gold. As is easy to guess, the petrodollar strongly influenced the composition of the SDR basket, making the dollar the world reserve currency, spelling grave implications for the global economy due to Nixon’s decision to eliminate the dollar’s convertibility into gold. Most of the problems for the rest of the world began from a combination of these three factors.”

Federico Pieraccini

Strategic -Culture

If we were to identify what uniquely fuels American imperialism and its aspirations for global hegemony, the role of the US dollar would figure prominently.

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Russia & Saudi Arabia to set up $1bn energy fund

Posted by seumasach on October 3, 2017

RT

2nd October, 2017

A joint Russian-Saudi fund to invest in the energy sector will be announced during the forthcoming visit of the kingdom’s monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told the Al Arabiya TV Channel.

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A failing empire: Russia and China’s military strategy to contain the US

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2017

Federico Pieraccini

Strategic Culture

25th September, 2017

One of the most tangible consequences of the decline of US military power can be observed in the Syrian conflict. Over the past few weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have completed the historic and strategic liberation of Deir ez-Zor, a city besieged for more than five years by Islamists belonging to Al Qaeda and Daesh. The focus has now shifted to the oilfields south of the liberated city, with a frantic rush by both the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the SAA to free territories still held by Daesh. The final goal is to claim Syria’s resources and strengthen a weak US position (the US is not even part of the Astana peace talks) in future negotiations concerning the country’s future. To understand how much the US dream of partitioning Syria is failing, one only need note repeated US failures as seen in the liberation of Aleppo and then Deir Ez-Zor, and now the crossing of the Euphrates river. In spite of American intimidation, threats, and sometimes even direct aggression, the Syrian army continued to work against Daesh in the province of Deir Ez-Zor, advancing on oil rich sites. Thanks to the protection given by the Russian Federation Air Force during the conflict, Damascus has obtained a protective umbrella necessary to withstand attempts by the US of balkanize the country.

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Western contempt for China turns to panic

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2017

Spengler

Asia Times

18th September, 2017

Not since the British garrison at Singapore surrendered to Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita in 1942 has Western opinion of an Asian power changed so fast. When China’s 2015 stock market bubble popped, prevailing Western opinion held that China’s economic boom would flame out in a debt crisis comparable to America’s subprime disaster of 2008 or the near collapse of Europe’s southern tier in 2013.

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How US President Donald Trump’s visit to China can make both nations great again

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2017

Trump has revealed an impressively destructive approach to the old world order: NATO, TTIP, NAFTA, TPP, the US/UK alliance, the trade deal with South Korea and,in some ways the UN, have all been ditched or weakened under his presidency. What remains to be seen is whether he can be constructive too. This can only mean close cooperation with the world’s leading economy and the USA’s largest creditor, China. All roads lead to Beijing and for Trump this can be win/win, as the Chinese love to say. Trump has also divested himself of Bannon and the nationalist faction which leaves the road open to an America first policy which is not isolationist. America cannot pull itself up by its shoe-strings: rather it must buy into China-led globalization. This is a difficult step for an essentially provincial country and one which, perhaps, cannot be sold until King Dollar starts to fall. It is though of existential importance to the USA.

SCMP

24th September, 2017

Andrew Leung says major issues, from North Korea to trade and maritime rights, will be at stake when Trump visits China. But, above all, it will be an opportunity for the two powers to recalibrate their relationship and define the new world order.

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