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China wealth fund wants to turn Treasuries to U.S. Infrastructure

Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2017

Larouchepub

17th January, 2017

Jan. 16, 2017 (EIRNS)—In a speech to the Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong today, China Investment Corporation chairman Ding Xuedong said that CIC wants to change its holdings of U.S. Treasury debt, into an investment in building of new infrastructure in the United States. Ding’s speech was reported in the South China Morning Post, Reuters, and other media.

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How Israel can align its strategy with China’s Silk Road

Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2017

Kevin Lim

Asia Times

21st January, 2017

When China’s President Xi Jinping articulated his idea of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) in Astana in September 2013 and again a month later in Jakarta, 1what emerged was a vision to parlay large-scale economic dynamism into a foreign policy projecting Chinese influence overseas in the name of development. Inclusive and expansive at once, this is an ambitious vision and one which could seal ours as the Chinese century if it succeeds in weaving the loose ends of China’s overseas interests into a coherent whole. Three years into SREB, now better known as the “Belt& Road Initiative” (BRI), a part of the vision is slowly taking on flesh. The volume of media reports attests to this. What remains less clear is the strategic implications and opportunities of BRI on China’s partners. Occupying a slight sliver at the intersection of West Asia and the Middle East, Europe and Africa — regions of intimate relevance to BRI — Israel too has joined the new Silk Road caravan. Where does it fit in, and what difference does BRI make?

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China is changing the Middle East’s geo-political dynamics

Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2017

New Eastern Outlook

22nd January, 2017

Nowhere has the Obama administration done more damage to the US position than in the Middle East, leaving a big void to be filled largely by China, the silent player, and Russia, the military stalwart holding the US at bay. Could this be the end of US’ unchallenged hegemony it has been enjoying since the end of the Second World War? While Russia has quite effectively sidelined the US in military terms, China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) which is to stretch deep inside the Middle East and extend into Europe, is emerging as a factor that will transform the Middle East’s current geo-political landscape. Nowhere is this impact more apparent than in the emergence of Israel as China’s most important partner. With Israel acquiring a pivotal position in China’s mid-eastern calculus, other countries’ relations, particularly those trying to tap into China’s economic projects, with Israel are also likely to undergo a very meaningful transformation.

 

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Global helmsman Xi Jinping steps up with charm offensive

Posted by seumasach on January 18, 2017

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

17th Janaury, 2017

He did it, his way; Chinese President Xi Jinping descended on the Swiss Alps; profited from a geopolitical vacuum only three days before Donald Trump’s inauguration with the Atlanticist West mired in stagnation and/or protectionism; unleashed a charm offensive; and deftly positioned China in the lead of “inclusive” globalization.

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Xi Jinping delivers robust defence of globalisation at Davos

Posted by seumasach on January 18, 2017

It is precisely the fact that China is now leading globalization which has led to growing anti-globalization sentiment and rhetoric amongst Western elites. Up till now they have never been concerned about people being”left behind by globalization”. Brexit Britain and Trump’s America now seem to think they can “contain” China. This is a delusion: China has already forged deep ties globally with its win/win approach a welcome contrast to the West’s “winner takes all” approach

FT

18th January, 2017

China’s president launched a robust defence of globalisation and free trade on Tuesday, drawing a line between himself and Donald Trump just three days before the US president-elect’s inaugural address in Washington.

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The Iran-Russia-China strategic triangle

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2016

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

21st November, 2016

On November 14-15 in Teheran, during a high-level visit of the Chinese Defense Minister, General Chang Wanquan, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, the two major Eurasian nations signed a deal to enhance military cooperation. The agreement calls for intensification of bilateral military training and closer cooperation on what the Iran sees as regional security issues, with terrorism and Syria at the top of the list. Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, said Iran is ready to share with China its experiences in fighting against the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Dehghan added that the agreement represents an “upgrade in long-term military and defense cooperation with China.”

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Leaders pledge to ‘keep our markets open’

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2016

The world has already undergone a historic shift: China is now leading globalization. This explains the sudden “feeling left behind by globalization” trend in the West. It is also behind the utopian nationalist programs of the Trump and Brexit ilk: a desire to choose past greatness in “splendid isolation” in preference to becoming a mere partner in a multipolar world. In as far as the Anglosphere still talks of globalization it is done under the old “free-trade” label ignoring the fact that it is the international movement of capital which is the key element of globalization. The irony is that it is the US-UK in particular which most needs incoming capital investment and is therefore most likely to benefit from China-led globalization. Hence, the central issue of the moment: will Trump’s economic nationalist rhetoric give way to a more pragmatic approach and, in particular, a partnership with China?

China Daily

22nd November, 2016

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific economies ended their annual meeting with a joint pledge to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism.

The meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation organization, which accounts for 57 percent of the world economy, led to a joint statement on Sunday that asked to work toward adoption of the broader Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, a 21-economy pact that is favored by China.

“We reaffirm our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight against all forms of protectionism,” the leaders of the APEC economies said in the joint statement.

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The Eurasian century is now unstoppable

Posted by seumasach on October 6, 2016

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

4th October, 2016

I recently returned from a fascinating two week speaking tour in China. The occasion was the international premier of my newest book, One Belt, One Road–China and the New Eurasian Century. In the course of my visit I was invited by China’s Northwest University in Xi’an to give a lecture and seminar on the present global political and economic situation in the context of China’s New Economic Silk Road as the One Belt, One Road project is often called. What I’ve seen in my many visits to China, and have studied about the entirety of this enormously impressive international infrastructure project convinces me that a Eurasian Century at this point is unstoppable.

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China ups the game in the South China Sea

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2016

Pepe Escobar

Sputnik

12th September, 2016

The Joint Sea-2016 started this Monday; that’s the fifth annual China-Russia naval drill, featuring stalwarts from both navies in action at the eastern waters of Zhanjiang, in Guangdong province, the HQ of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Nanhai Fleet.

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Chinese political donations highlight Australian anxieties

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2016

Since the anglo-saxon economic model is simply incapable of generating investment in the real economy Australia, like the UK and the USA, has become dependent on inward investment from China. It is now rebelling against this dependence, biting the hand that feeds it, along with it’s kith and kin in the USA and Britain in an alliance of losers. In this Oceanic dystopia “security concerns” trump economic interests. At the same time the notorious role of big money in running the political system suddenly becomes a problem when it’s a question of China rather than the homegrown oligarchy, or the Americans, buying politicians.

Asia Times

24th August, 2016

MELBOURNE–An influx of political donations from Chinese concerns has focused anxieties about the rising superpower’s growing influence here, while sparking calls for reform of the country’s lax political finance laws.

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Is Theresa May trying to replicate Merkel’s approach to China?

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2016

“At the moment, however, the Sino-British “golden era” in relations, ushered in by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Cameron last fall, looks like in shambles. Faced with a choice between America and China, May could indeed think that the tested relationship with Washington remains “more special” than the blossoming one with Beijing.”

Asia Times

22nd August, 2016

While British Prime Minister Theresa May probably may like to take a leaf out of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s book, she is no stateswoman like her counterpart nor is Britain comparable to Germany in geopolitical terms. As Merkel effectively engages China and Sino-German trade turnover grows, Beijing sees Germany as the locomotive that pulls the EU economic and political trains. On the other hand, post-Brexit Britain, faced with a choice between America and China, may finally opt for the tested relationship with Washington.

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