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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.

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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Moscow And Beijing bypass US Dollar, shift to gold trade

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2017

Zero Hedge

1st April, 2017

The Russian central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14, marking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to phase-in a gold-backed standard of trade.

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Iran’s President Rouhani visited Russia: Another step to multipolar world

Posted by seumasach on March 30, 2017

Strategic Culture

29th March, 2017

The significance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Russia on March 27-28 goes far beyond the bilateral relationship. Iran is one of the main actors in Syria and Iraq. It has an importance place in the geopolitical plans of US President Donald Trump. Its relationship with Russia is an important factor of international politics. The future of the entire Middle East depends to a great extent on what Russia and Iran do and how effectively they coordinate their activities.

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Did Rex Tillerson dance to China’s tune?

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2017

Asia Times

22nd March, 2017

For all his tough talk in Tokyo and Seoul, Rex Tillerson adopted a remarkably soft tone when he met China’s president and officials in Beijing during the last stop of his first Asian tour as US secretary of state last week.

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China-led AIIB approves 13 new members

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2017

Asia Times

23rd March, 2017

The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Thursday it has approved 13 new applicants to join the bank, including Canada, a major ally of the United States, bringing its total membership to 70.

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Trump opens the Russia file, finally

Posted by seumasach on March 22, 2017

Amidst unprecedented media disinformation it is indeed possible to glimpse the outline of a new, emerging US foreign policy. Constructive engagement with Russia and China corresponds precisely to US national interests but whether it is ultimately possible remains to be seen. It would constitute the triumph of realism and pragmatism over the ideologues of both left and right and the powerful vested interests which lie behind them. Failure will plunge the world into chaos at best, war at worst.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

21st March, 2017

The first half of April will witness the first major forays by the United States into the foreign policy arena under President Donald Trump. The summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping is slated for April 6-7 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. On April 12, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be visiting Moscow.

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How China can gain after Trump muddies the waters with Australia

Posted by seumasach on March 21, 2017

“With the US and Europe now retreating, China should seek to draw Australia closer and build a [political] partnership with Australia,”

South China Morning Post

21st March, 2017

Australia is likely to tread an increasingly delicate path in balancing its relations with China and its traditional ally the United States amid sometimes erratic behaviour and unclear policy direction under US President Donald Trump, according to analysts.

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