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The myth of a neo-imperial China

Posted by seumasach on March 14, 2018

In 1421 , when Europe was becoming possessed by the imperial idea, China specifically reject that despite it’s global preeminence on the basis of so many factors. This choice is crucial: on the on hand China itself was, as a result, subjected to imperial domination; on the other , it understood possibilities of another kind of internationalism. It’s moment has come!

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

14th March, 2018

The geopolitical focus of the still young 21st century spans the Indian Ocean from the Persian Gulf all the way to the South China Sea alongside the spectrum from Southwest Asia to Central Asia and China.

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Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

Posted by seumasach on March 7, 2018

“The idea is not to keep foreign goods out, but to induce foreign companies to move production here.”,

I also assume that is the idea: otherwise it can only be pure madness. America’s rapid growth towards the end of the 19th century was also the result, not just of tariffs but of inward investment- in that case, from Britain who had decided to outsource the empire after the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Today, foreign investment provides the key to the reindustrialization of the USA and it is China in particular who can play that role. Prepare to hear Trump ringing out the slogan”The jobs are coming home!”

Patrick J.Buchanan

Buchanan.org

5th March, 2018

From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen.

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‘Quad’ version of Belt and Road feels like a South China Sea Watch

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

24th February, 2018

The Quad – comprising the United States, Japan, India and Australia – was set up a decade ago, ostensibly as an Asia-centered security cooperation mechanism. Funnily enough, Beijing always suspected it actually represented a containment strategy.

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Australia sees opportunity in China’s rise

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2018

The Belt and Road Initiative now appears as an unstoppable reality shaping 21st Century politics. The Anglosphere may try to isolate itself from it at great cost to itself but with the failure of Western intervention in the Middle East it cannot stop it. The resurrection of the , allying Australia, Japan, India and the USA, as a counterweight to the BRI looks unconvincing. As US hegemonic aspirations fade the dream lives on in the vacuous rhetoric of a New Cold War and a union of democracies none of which relate to the reality of economic sclerosis, unplayable debt and political division.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th February, 2018

From an Indian perspective, the visit to the United States by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his meeting with President Donald Trump on February 23 turns out to be a reality check on the power dynamic in the Asia-Pacific. Australia is torn between two vital partners – the US in the security sphere and China in the economic sphere. The dilemma is acute insofar as Turnbull has voiced opinions on threat perceptions regarding China, which are contrary to the Trump administration’s assessment and, yet, the US and Australia are key allies.

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Mending fences with China gets started

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2018

The prospects of Quads, an Asian NATO aimed at countering Chinese influence, may simply dissolve under the sway of Chinese sort power. After all, the BRI actually offers real benefits in terms of India’s development in contrast to the meagre offerings of the fading Hegemony. Furthermore, India has already joined the SCO, a sort of Asian NATO aimed at countering US influence, and cannot for long attempt to ride both horses.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th February, 2018

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has hit the road running, as it were. There isn’t going to be a time lag following his predecessor’s permanent retirement from the South Block before the much-needed abandonment of the China policies over the past three years got under way. Those policies were characterized by a muscularity without precedents or a sense of ground realities that brought the two countries almost to the brink of war. In retrospect, they proved fanciful, sterile and even counter-productive –except, perhaps, to create a raison d’etre for the India-US defining partnership in the era of “America First”.

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Australia is implementing its own “foreign agents” legislation modelled off of the US’.

Posted by seumasach on December 20, 2017

“Per the first pair, any diminishment of China’s powerful economic influence in Australia – particularly in terms of commodity purchases, investments, real estate deals, and wealthy foreign students – could theoretically be replaced by the US or its allies, though not on the same qualitative level and not without self-inflicted damage to the island nation.”

This is an understatement: Australia is geared to exporting raw materials to the world’s foremost productive economy. The USA cannot replicate China’s role in this respect and, as for US allies, well, who are they? Merely assuming, as the latest national security doctrine does that India and Japan are US allies doesn’t mean that they are US allies. After all, is the UK, the country Trump refuses to visit, a US ally? Clearly, the Australian “security state” is biting back but can it trump Australia’s fundamental interests? Australia’s own little Brexit will likely be as ephemeral as Brexit itself.

Andrew Korybko

Oriental Review

Australia is implementing its own “foreign agents” legislation modelled off of the US’.

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China proposes peace process for Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Posted by seumasach on November 21, 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

20th November, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for a three step peace process in order to put an end to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, which has seen many refugees flee from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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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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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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The Russia-China plan for North Korea: stability, connectivity

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2017

“Largely unreported by Western corporate media, what happened in Vladivostok is really ground-breaking. Moscow and Seoul agreed on a trilateral trade platform, crucially involving Pyongyang, to ultimately invest in connectivity between the whole Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East.”

Pepe Escobar

13th September, 2017

Moscow has been busy building agreements that would extend Eurasian connectivity eastward. The question is how to convince the DPRK to play along…

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