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India’s Asian strategies are distinctly passé

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2018

Both Japan and Australia are breaking from the US sphere of influence. As Trump says, the US will follow it’s national interests just as other countries will follow theirs: that is exactly what is happening. But of course, following your national interest is by no means the same thing as following an isolationist policy: that is impossible in our globalized world where success is based on exercising strategic autonomy to maximize geo-strategic advantage. Trump seems to be enabling this for other countries but it remains to be seen whether he can do it for the USA itself, incorporating the USA itself into the multipolar order by way of a comprehensive trade and investment partnership with China. So far it appears not.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

29th January, 2018

The meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan – Wang Yi and Taro Kono – on Sunday in Beijing signifies the resumption of high-level exchanges after an interlude of two years. A series of goodwill gestures by the two sides in recent months preceded it. Sunday’s talks resulted in an agreement to hold the Japan-China-South Korea summit meeting “as soon as possible”.

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Iran to join Eurasian Economic Union

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

13th December, 2017

Iranian media has cited a statement from Behrouz Hassanolfat, the director of Europe and Americas Department of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization, indicating that Iran will formally join the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in early 2018.

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How Trump’s America helped China and South Korea become friends again

Posted by seumasach on December 12, 2017

“Trump’s neo-isolationist and unilateralist inclinations have given China a golden opportunity to enhance its prestige, status, and international leadership.”

South China Morning Post

12th December, 2017

Zhang Baohui says the rapprochement between Beijing and Seoul, after relations were damaged over THAAD, has much to do with a more moderate Chinese foreign policy, inspired in no small part by the erosion of American soft power under an isolationist Donald Trump

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EU takes over global trade stage

Posted by seumasach on December 12, 2017

Politico

12th December, 2017

The international trading system created by the U.S. after the Second World War has a new leader — the European Union.

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The end of the Syrian war Is the beginning of a new middle eastern order

Posted by seumasach on November 29, 2017

Federico Pieraccini

28th November, 2017

Strategic Culture

In the Middle East and beyond, we are witnessing a series of high-level political meetings between dozens of nations involved directly or indirectly in the Syrian situation. It is crucial to understand all this in order to understand the direction in which the region is going and what the new regional order is.

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BRICS countries mulling formation of single gold trade system

Posted by seumasach on November 26, 2017

TASS

24th November, 2017

BRICS countries are discussing the possibility of establishing a single gold trade system, First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said Friday.

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Trump says US will stop arming Kurds in phone call to Turkey’s Erdogan

Posted by seumasach on November 25, 2017

Trump has just moved to disengage from Syria!

The Duran

24th November, 2017

According to the Associated Press, US President Donald Trump has issued a commitment to Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan, that the US will cease arms shipments to Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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China’s overture to Wall Street

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2017

Greanville Post

14th November, 2017

For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese overture to the titans of global finance, currently ensconced in Wall Street and London. Given the big banks’ position at the apex of of the Western power structure, the move is highly strategic and bears close watching.

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China may be Trump’s best hope to ‘make America great again’

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2017

This is the key issue of the Trump presidency behind all the rhetoric, the posturing and the threats. If Trump can consolidate a partnership with China we will know that there is method in his madness. Otherwise it is simply madness with Trump breaking America’s old partnerships whilst failing to create new ones.

Asia Times

13th October, 2017

China is not America’s enemy or competitor or whatever name the US anti-China crowd labels it with. It is not challenging US global supremacy or stealing its jobs, as many in America claim. On the contrary, the Chinese and US economies are increasingly intertwined, becoming each other’s largest trade partners and major investors.

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Who’s really trying to overthrow Mohammed Bin Salman?

Posted by seumasach on October 2, 2017

Andrew Korybko

Oriental Review

September, 30th, 2017

Saudi Arabia arrested between 16-30 people in a broad crackdown across the Kingdom.

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US envoy to Japan: Trump surrounded by cool heads

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2017

Asia Times

30th September, 2017

People anxious about Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea should be reassured that the US president has surrounded himself with “disciplined and thoughtful” advisers who won’t rush towards war, according to his new ambassador to Japan.

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