China updates its ‘Art of (Hybrid) War’ 1999 sorgten Qiao Liang, damals ein hochrangiger Oberst der Luftwaffe in der Volksbefreiungsarmee, und Wang Xiangsui, ein weiterer hochrangiger Oberst, mit der Veröffentlichung von Unrestricted Warfare: Chinas Masterplan zur Zerstörung Amerikas für enormen Aufruhr . Uneingeschränkte Kriegsführung war im Wesentlichen das Handbuch der PLA für asymmetrische Kriegsführung: eine Aktualisierung von Sun Tzu’s […]China aktualisiert seine „Kunst des (hybriden) Krieges“ – Von Pepe Escobar (asiatimes.com) — CO-OP NEWS
Werner Rügemer hat heute in den Nachdenkseiten einen informativen Beitrag zur Geschichte Hongkongs, zur dort geltenden Rechtsordnung, zum politischen System, den wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Verhältnissen und zu Gründen des Protests veröffentlicht.
Hongkong – der neue Systemkonflikt
Jugendliche fordern Menschenrechte, westliche Meinungsmacher sind begeistert, Unternehmer schweigen: Die Haltungen gegenüber den Protesten von Hongkong sind teils unangemessen und lassen die von Kolonialisten dort lange praktizierte Wirtschaftskriminalität außer Acht. Von Werner Rügemer.
1997: Die Kolonie wird an China zurückgegeben …
Seit 1843 Bastion der kolonialen „Open door“-Politik …
20. Jahrhundert: Ausbau zur neoliberalen Freihandelszone …
Der größte Konzern: Jardine Matheson Holdings …
Die größte Bank: HSBC …
Reichster Oligarch: Li Ka-shing …
Der Medienmogul: Jimmy Lai …
Weltweit vernetzte Steueroase …
Banken- und Finanzkriminalität …
Menschenrechte in Hongkong …
China braucht Hongkong immer weniger …
Auslöser der Proteste: Auslieferungs-Gesetz …
Gegen Völkerrecht und Verfassung: Hongkong soll westliche Kolonie bleiben …
Protestgründe: Wohnungsnot, niedrige Einkommen, Rezession …
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Hong Kong in Crosshairs of Global Power Struggle
August 19, 2019
The U.S. and other Western powers are working to preserve a capitalist dystopia and manufacture consensus for long-term conflict with China, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
Was Peking in Hongkongs Nachbarschaft plant, könnte der Stadt gefährlich werden
Von Björn Ognibeni
26. August 2019
(Eigener Bericht) – In den Streit um einen möglichen Boykott des chinesischen Konzerns Huawei in Deutschland und der EU kommt Bewegung. Laut Berichten der Londoner Wirtschaftspresse sind die für Internetsicherheit zuständigen britischen Behörden zu dem Schluss gekommen, die Nutzung von Huawei-Technologie stelle kein „inakzeptables Risiko“ beim Aufbau der europäischen 5G-Netze dar. Dieser Vorwurf wird von US-Geheimdiensten erhoben. Die britische Stellungnahme liefere auch Berlin neue Spielräume, sich für Huawei zu entscheiden, heißt es in London; Ursache sei, dass die britische Spionage wegen ihrer exklusiven Kooperation mit US-Diensten verlässlich einschätzen könne, dass an den US-Vorwürfen nichts dran sei. Berliner Regierungsberater weisen umgekehrt darauf hin, dass im Falle eines Huawei-Boykotts punktuell wohl US-Konzerne wie Cisco beim Aufbau des deutschen 5G-Netzes zum Zuge kämen; über Cisco erhielten US-Dienste regelmäßig Daten. Der aktuelle Huawei-Vorsitzende urteilt, dort, wo sein Konzern Netze aufbaue, sei es „schwieriger für US-Behörden, Daten zu erhalten“. (…)
Quelle: Detail https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/news/detail/7864/ 19.02.2019
Teil II 5G :https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/news/detail/7864/ 01.03.2019
Martin Zeis 18.04.2018. 19:00
In einem seiner letzten Blogeinträge „Herzland, Weltinsel und die “Novichok”-Saga“ hat Mathias Bröckers zum wiederholten Mal auf die große geopolitische Konzeption hingewiesen, die in letzter Konsequenz den Aktionen Großbritanniens und der USA seit Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts zugrunde liegt: die geopolitische „Heartland“-Theorie des britischen Geographen und Direktors der „London School of Economics“ Mackinder.
„Wer dieses Herzland, das Zentrum des eurasischen Kontinents beherrscht, beherrscht die Welt, so Mackinders These, und da durch die kommenden Technologien der Eisenbahnen und des Automobils der Handel und Wandel zwischen Europa und Asien unausweichlich sei, wäre das auf seiner Seeherrschaft beruhende britische Weltreich chancenlos, vor allem wenn das rohstoffreiche Russland mit dem industriestarken Deutschland zusammenwachse. »Wer Osteuropa regiert, beherrscht das Heartland; wer das Heartland regiert, beherrscht die Weltinsel; wer die Weltinsel regiert, beherrscht die Welt.«, brachte Mackinder seine Theorie 1919 auf den Punkt, nachdem er zuvor noch erfolglos versucht hatte, die Weiße Armee des Zaren gegen die von Deutschland finanzierten Bolschewiken Lenins aufzurüsten.“
Es geht verstärkt nach der Auflösung der Sowjetunion „noch immer um das Heartland (..), um Mackinders “Weltinsel”, die auf keinen Fall zusammen wachsen darf: mit der globalen Dominanz des anglo-amerikanischen Imperiums hat es ein Ende, wenn auf der Achse Paris – Berlin – Moskau – Peking Friede, Handel und Wandel ausbricht.
Dies mit Nadelstichen, Konfrontationen und Krieg zu verhindern steht nach wie vor auf der Agenda des Imperiums – und bildet auch den logischen Hintergrund von scheinbar irrsinnigen Operationen wie dieser ganzen “Novichok”-Saga …“
Herzland, Weltinsel und die “Novichok”-Saga
Wer die “Pivot Area”, den Drehpunkt beherrscht, beherrscht die Welt
In der aktuellen Ausgabe von “Lettre International” (No.120/Frühjahr 2018) ist erstmals auf Deutsch der Aufsatz „Der geographische Drehpunkt der Geschichte“ erschienen, den der britische Geograph und Direktor der “London School of Economics” 1904 veröffentlichte, der Schlüsseltext seiner geopolitischen “Heartland”-Theorie. Wer dieses Herzland, das Zentrum des eurasischen Kontinents beherrscht, beherrscht die Welt, so Mackinders These, und da durch die kommenden Technologien der Eisenbahnen und des Automobils der Handel und Wandel zwischen Europa und Asien unausweichlich sei, wäre das auf seiner Seeherrschaft beruhende britische Weltreich chancenlos, vor allem wenn das rohstoffreiche Russland mit dem industriestarken Deutschland zusammenwachse. »Wer Osteuropa regiert, beherrscht das Heartland; wer das Heartland regiert, beherrscht die Weltinsel; wer die Weltinsel regiert, beherrscht die Welt.«, brachte Mackinder seine Theorie 1919 auf den Punkt, nachdem er zuvor noch erfolglos versucht hatte, die Weiße Armee des Zaren gegen die von Deutschland finanzierten Bolschewiken Lenins aufzurüsten.
In “Wir sind die Guten” habe ich ausführlich über die Bedeutung dieses Grundlagentextes der westlichen Geopolitik und die Linien geschrieben, die sich von dort aus über Hitlers Geostrategen Karl Haushofer zu Zbiginew “Zbig To Jail” Brzezinski und die aktuelle Politik des US-Imperiums ziehen, das pünktlich 110 Jahre nach Mackinders Vortrag – und nicht zufällig an einem zentralen Achsenpunkt des “Heartlands” – einen Putsch in der Ukraine inszenierte. Über die Aktualität Mackinders schreibt in “Lettre” jetzt auch der Historiker Alfred McCoy, dessen eminentes Grundlagenwerk “Die CIA und das Heroin -Weltpolitik durch Drogenhandel” für ein Verständnis der aktuellen internationalen Konflikte und Kriege unverzichtbar ist. Ebenso wie eine Kenntnis der Generalstrategie im “Great Game”, die auf Mackinder zurückgeht und im geopolitischen Match auf dem “eurasischen Schachbrett” (Brzezinski) nach wie vor auf der Agenda steht.
Auf diesem Hintergrund kann man dann auch den ganzen Irrsinn der Tagesnachrichten ein wenig besser verstehen, etwa warum aus Afghanistan immer neue Produktionsrekorde für Opium und Heroin gemeldet werden, während in USA Tausende an dieser Überproduktion krepieren; oder warum eine Gas-Pipeline zwischen Russland und Deutschland (Nord Stream 2) ein “Problem” darstellen soll, während der ökonomische und ökologische Hochgrad-Schwachsinn, Fracking-Gas mit Riesentankern von Amerika nach Europa zu schippern, von der EU gefördert wird. Oder warum Polen sich von den USA für irrsinige Milliarden “Patriot”-Luftabwehr andrehen lässt, die “gegen die Russen” und ihre neuen Hyperschall-Raketen sowieso keine Chance haben. (…).
vollständiger Text abrufbar unter: https://www.broeckers.com/2018/04/07/herzland-weltinsel-und-die-novichok-saga
Anmerkung m.z.: Die seit 2013 öffentlich erklärte und zunehmend reale Konturen annehmende eurasische Entwicklungsstrategie/-Politik Chinas in engem Verbund mit Russland über Eisenbahnschnellverbindungen, Wirtschaftskorridore, Öl-/Gas-Pipelines, Seeverbindungen (auch über die arktische Nord-Ost-Passage) ganz Asien mit Europa eng zu vernetzen (Seidenstraßenprojekte zu Land und zu Wasser – OBOR – One Road – One Belt) zeigt an, dass die Eliten dieser Länder nach über einem Jahrhundert der Kriege, Spaltungen und Zerwürfnisse den Kern von Mackinders Weltbeherrschungs-Theorie verstanden haben und deshalb fortgesetzt auf immer erbitterteren Widerstand (militärisch, finanztechnisch, handelspolitisch) des Imperiums stoßen.
In einem kürzlich erschienenen Buch von Stefan Baron und Guangyan Yin-Baron „Die Chinesen – Psychogramm einer Weltmacht“ (Econ – Berlin 2018) schreiben die Autoren im Schlusskapitel „Konvergenz, Koexistenz oder Kampf der Kulturen?“ an die europäischen Eliten gerichtet u.a.:
„Besonders seit Trumps Amtsantritt sind in den USA Kräfte auf dem Vormarsch, die Peking wie einst Moskau niederringen und den endgültigen Sieg als Vormacht des westlichen Lagers und dominierende Weltmacht errichten wollen. ‚,Ich möchte’’ so der ehemalige Präsidentenberater Bannon gegenüber dem Economist, ,,dass die Welt in 100 Jahren zurückschaut und sagt, Chinas merkantilistisches, konfuzianisches System hat verloren. Der liberale jüdisch-christliche Westen hat gewonnen.“
Von Europa, insbesondere Deutschland verlangen die Autoren eine der Ostpoltik unter Brandt entsprechende Fernostpolitik, deren Ziel es sein müsse, „den geopolitischen Konflikt zwischen Peking und Washington zu entschärfen und zu verhindern, dass die Thukydides-Falle * zuschnappt oder es auch nur zu einem offenen Handelskrieg bzw. neuen Kalten Krieg kommt. Europa darf bei dem Ringen um die Weltordnung der Zukunft nicht an der Außenlinie verharren und dessen Ausgang abwarten, sondern muss Partei ergreifen. Partei für eine wahrhaft multipolare Ordnung: kein US-Monopol mehr, kein neues China-Monopol, auch kein Duopol von China und den USA, sondern eine Ordnung, die global für mehr Mitbestimmung, Wettbewerb und Gerechtigkeit sorgt und in der auch Deutschland und Europa weiter einen wichtigen Platz einnehmen.“ (Baron, a.a.O., S. 419 – 421)
* In Anlehnung an den „Peloponnesischen Krieg, in dem das um seine Vormachtstellung fürchtende Sparta im Altertum das aufsteigende Athen zerstörte und ganz Griechenland ruinierte. „Was den Krieg unvermeidlich machte, war der Aufstieg Athens und die Angst, die das in Sparta hervorrief“, so der griechische Geschichtsschreiber Thukydides. Diese Konstellation wird daher als „Thukydides-Falle“ bezeichnet. (vgl. Baron, a.a.o., S 12 ff)
Below a more prudent voice regarding important aspects of the Korea Crisis.
How to End the Korea Crisis
by Ron PAUL
Sep 25, 2017
The descent of US/North Korea “crisis” to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.
President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.”
Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that.
We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real.
We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.
Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to “totally destroy” the country.
We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “madman.” That’s just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We don’t need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.
Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?
Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.
Why hasn’t a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a “double freeze” – the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.
So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out. While US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was bragging that the new UN sanctions against North Korea would result in a near-complete blockade of the country (an act of war), the South Korean government did something last week that shocked the world: it announced an eight million dollar humanitarian aid package for pregnant mothers and infant children in North Korea. The US and its allies are furious over the move, but how could anyone claim the mantle of “humanitarianism” while imposing sanctions that aim at starving civilians until they attempt an overthrow of their government?
Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis:
pull all US troops out of North Korea;
end all military exercises on the North Korean border;
encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.
The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!
Martin Zeis, 15.09.2017
Gold Oil Dollars Russia and China
We Should Take the Latest China-Russia Challenge to the Dollar Seriously
Wall Street and Washington are not amused, but they are powerless to stop it.
By F. William ENGDAHL
William Engdahl is one of the best in the world on this subject. He has been writing about the world monetary system for decades, and few writers have the wealth of insight and experience in the subject that he has. What Engdahl says, matters.
The 1944 Bretton Woods international monetary system as it has developed to the present is become, honestly said, the greatest hindrance to world peace and prosperity.
Now China, increasingly backed by Russia—the two great Eurasian nations—are taking decisive steps to create a very viable alternative to the tyranny of the US dollar over the world trade and finance.
Wall Street and Washington are not amused, but they are powerless to stop it.
Shortly before the end of the Second World War, the US Government, advised by the major international banks of Wall Street, drafted what many mistakenly believe was a new gold standard. In truth, it was a dollar standard in which every other member currency of the International Monetary Fund countries fixed the value of their currency to the dollar. In turn, the US dollar was fixed then to gold at a value equal to 1/35th of an ounce of gold. At the time Washington and Wall Street could impose such a system as the Federal Reserve held some 75% of all world monetary gold as a consequence of the war and related developments. Bretton Woods established the dollar which then became the reserve currency of world trade held by central banks.
Death Agony of a Defective Dollar Standard
By the end of the 1960’s with soaring US Federal budget deficits from costs of the Vietnam War and other foolish spending, the dollar standard began to show its deep structural flaws. A recovered Western Europe and Japan no longer needed billions of US dollars for financing reconstruction. Germany and Japan had become world class export economies with higher efficiency than US manufacturing owing to a growing obsolescence of US basic industry from steel to autos and basic infrastructure. Washington should then have significantly devalued the dollar against gold in order to correct the growing world trade imbalance. Such a dollar devaluation would have boosted US manufacturing export earnings and reduced the trade imbalances. It would have been a huge pus for the real US economy. However for Wall Street banks it spelled huge losses. So instead, the Johnson and then Nixon administrations printed more dollars and in effect exported inflation to the world.
The central banks of especially France and Germany reacted to the deafness in Washington by demanding US Federal Reserve gold for their US dollar reserves at $35 per unce s in the Bretton Woods 1944 agreement. By August 1971 the redemption of gold for inflated US dollars had reached a crisis point where Nixon was advised by a senior Treasury official, Paul Volcker, to rip up the Bretton Woods system.
By 1973 gold was allowed by Washington to trade freely and was no longer the backing of a sound US dollar. Instead, an engineered oil price shock in October 1973 that sent the dollar price of oil higher by 400% in a matter of months, created what Henry Kissinger then called the petrodollar.
The world needed oil for the economy. Washington, in a 1975 deal with the Saudi monarchy, insured that Arab OPEC would refuse to sell one drop of their oil to the world for any currency other than US dollars. The value of the dollar soared against other currencies such as the German Mark or Japanese Yen. Wall Street banks were awash in petrodollar deposits. The dollar casino was open and running, and the rest of the world was being fleeced by it.
In my book, Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century, I detail how the major New York international banks such as Chase, Citibank and Bank of America used the petrodollars then to recycle Arab oil profits to oil-importing countries in the developing world during the 1970’s, laying the seeds for the so-called Third World Debt Crisis. Curiously, it was the same Paul Volcker, a protégé of David Rockefeller and Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank, who this time, in October, 1979 as Chairman of the Fed, triggered the 1980s debt crisis by pushing Fed interest rates through the roof. He lied and claimed it was to nip inflation. It was to save the dollar and the Wall Street banks.
Today, the dollar is a strange phenomenon to put it mildly. The United States since 1971 has gone from being a premier industrial nation to a giant debt-bloated casino of speculation.
With Fed Funds interest rates between zero and one percent the past nine years—unprecedented in modern history—the major banks of Wall Street, the ones whose financial malfeasance and murderous greed created the 2007 Subprime crisis and its 2008 global financial Tsunami, set about to build a new speculative bubble. Rather than lend to debt-bloated cities for urgently-needed infrastructure or other productive avenues of the real economy, instead they created another colossal bubble in the stock market. Major companies used cheap credit to buy their own stocks back, thereby spurring the stock prices on Wall Street exchanges, a rise fed by hype and myths about “economic recovery.” The S&P-500 stock index rose by 320% since the end of 2008. I can assure you those paper stock rises are not because the real US economy has grown 320%.
American households earn less in real terms each year over decades. Since 1988 median household income has been stagnant amid steadily rising inflation, a declining real income. They must borrow more than ever in history. Federal Government debt is at an unmanageable $20 trillion with no end in sight. American industry has been closed and production shipped offshore, “outsourced” is the euphemism. Left behind is a high-debt, rotted out “service economy” where millions work two even three part-time jobs just to keep afloat.
The only factor keeping the dollar from total collapse is the US military and Washington’s deployment of deceptive NGOs around the world to facilitate plundering of the world economy.
So long as Washington dirty tricks and Wall Street machinations were able to create a crisis such as they did in the Eurozone in 2010 through Greece, world trading surplus countries like China, Japan and then Russia, had no practical alternative but to buy more US Government debt—Treasury securities—with the bulk of their surplus trade dollars. Washington and Wall Street smiled. They could print endless volumes of dollars backed by nothing more valuable than F-16s and Abrams tanks. China, Russia and other dollar bond holders in truth financed the US wars that were aimed at them, by buying US debt. Then they had few viable alternative options.
Viable Alternative Emerges
Now, ironically, two of the foreign economies that allowed the dollar an artificial life extension beyond 1989 – Russia and China – are carefully unveiling that most feared alternative, a viable, gold-backed international currency and potentially, several similar currencies that can displace the unjust hegemonic role of the dollar today.
For several years both the Russian Federation and the Peoples’ Republic of China have been buying huge volumes of gold, largely to add to their central bank currency reserves which otherwise are typically in dollars or euro currencies. Until recently it was not clear quite why.
For several years it’s been known in gold markets that the largest buyers of physical gold were the central banks of China and of Russia. What was not so clear was how deep a strategy they had beyond simply creating trust in the currencies amid increasing economic sanctions and bellicose words of trade war out of Washington.
Now it’s clear why.
China and Russia, joined most likely by their major trading partner countries in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), as well as by their Eurasian partner countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are about to complete the working architecture of a new monetary alternative to a dollar world.
Currently, in addition to founding members China and Russia, the SCO full members include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and most recently India and Pakistan. This is a population of well over 3 billion people, some 42% of the entire world population, coming together in a coherent, planned, peaceful economic and political cooperation.
If we add to the SCO member countries the official Observer States—Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia, states with expressed wish to formally join as full members, a glance at the world map will show the impressive potentials of the emerging SCO. Turkey is a formal Dialogue Partner exploring possible SCO membership application, as are Sri Lanka, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia and Nepal. This, simply said, is enormous.
BRI and a Gold-Backed Silk Road
Until recently Washington think tanks and the Government have sneered at the emerging Eurasian institutions such as SCO. Unlike BRICS which is not made up of contiguous countries in a vast land-mass, the SCO group forms a geographic entity called Eurasia. When Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the creation of what then was called the New Economic Silk Road at a meeting in Kazakhstan in 2013, few in the West took it seriously. The name officially today is the Belt, Road Initiative (BRI). Today, the world is beginning to take serious note of the scope of the BRI.
It’s clear that the economic diplomacy of China, as of Russia and her Eurasian Economic Union group of countries, is very much about realization of advanced high-speed rail, ports, energy infrastructure weaving together a vast new market that, within less than a decade at present pace, will overshadow any economic potentials in the debt-bloated economically stagnant OECD countries of the EU and North America.
What until now was vitally needed, but not clear, was a strategy to get the nations of Eurasia free from the dollar and from their vulnerability to further US Treasury sanctions and financial warfare based on their dollar dependence. This is now about to happen.
At the September 5 annual BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China Russian President Putin made a simple and very clear statement of the Russian view of the present economic world. He stated, “Russia shares the BRICS countries’ concerns over the unfairness of the global financial and economic architecture, which does not give due regard to the growing weight of the emerging economies. We are ready to work together with our partners to promote international financial regulation reforms and to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies.” To my knowledge he has never been so explicit about currencies. Put this in context of the latest financial architecture unveiled by Beijing, and it becomes clear the world is about to enjoy new degrees of economic freedom.
China Yuan Oil Futures
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Below Shaun BRADLEY surveys the increasingly loss of the Petro-Dollar’s importance and indicates, that the (US-backed) attacks on Qatar are motivated among other reasons by the country’s cautious shift away from the US currency …
The End Of The (Petro)Dollar: What The Fed Doesn’t Want You To Know
Authored by Shaun Bradley via TheAntiMedia.org
The United States’ ability to maintain its influence over the rest of the world has been slowly diminishing. Since the petrodollar was established in 1971, U.S. currency has monopolized international trade through oil deals with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and continuous military interventions. There is, however, growing opposition to the American standard, and it gained more support recently when several Gulf states suddenly blockaded Qatar, which they accused of funding terrorism.
Despite the mainstream narrative, there are several other reasons why Qatar is in the crosshairs. Over the past two years, it conducted over $86 billion worth of transactions in Chinese yuan and has signed other agreements with China that encourage further economic cooperation. Qatar also shares the world’s largest natural gas field with Iran, giving the two countries significant regional influence to expand their own trade deals.
Meanwhile, uncontrollable debt and political divisions in the United States are clear signs of vulnerability. The Chinese and Russians proactively set up alternative financial systems for countries looking to distance themselves from the Federal Reserve. After the IMF accepted the yuan into its basket of reserve currencies in October of last year, investors and economists finally started to pay attention. The economic power held by the Federal Reserve has been key in financing the American empire, but geopolitical changes are happening fast. The United States’ reputation has been tarnished by decades of undeclared wars, mass surveillance, and catastrophic foreign policy.
One of America’s best remaining assets is its military strength, but it’s useless without a strong economy to fund it. Rival coalitions like the BRICS nations aren’t challenging the established order head on and are instead opting to undermine its financial support. Qatar is just the latest country to take steps to bypass the U.S. dollar. Russia made headlines in 2016 when they started accepting payments in yuan and took over as China’s largest oil partner, stealing a huge market share from Saudi Arabia in the process. Iran also dropped the dollar earlier this year in response to President Trump’s travel ban. As the tide continues to turn against the petrodollar, eventually even our allies will start to question what best serves their own interests.
Many E.U. member states are clashing with the unelected leadership in Brussels over immigration, terrorism, and austerity measures. If no solutions are found and things deteriorate, other countries could potentially follow the U.K.’s lead and vote to leave, as well. It is starting to become obvious that countries in Eastern Europe will look to the East to get the resources their economies need.
China, Russia, and India are all ahead of the curve and started stockpiling gold years ago. They recognize that hard assets will be the measure of true wealth in the near future — not fiat money. The historic hyperinflation that has occurred in these countries solidified the importance of precious metals in their monetary systems. Unfortunately, most Americans are ignorant of the past and will likely embrace more government bailouts and money printing when faced with the next recession. Even Fed officials have admitted that more quantitative easing is likely the only path going forward.
Several renowned investors have warned about this ongoing shift of economic power from West to East, but bureaucrats and central bankers refuse to admit how serious things could get. The impact on the average person could be devastating if they are not properly educated and prepared for the fallout. (…)
Small but geopolitically important steps were taken by key members of the European Union from the EU’s Eastern periphery. While largely ignored in Western mainstream media and in Brussels, they could well portend a longer-term alternative economic space to the failing construct known misleadingly today as the European Union with its bankrupt Eurozone single currency and European Central Bank. I refer to the talks recently in Beijing at the major Belt and Road Forum, between leaders of 29 nations and China’s President Xi Jinping with the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain as well as the President of the Czech Republic and the President-elect of the Republic of Serbia .
The significance of the attendance of these specific European countries is underscored by the conspicuous absence of the leaders of Germany, France (maybe excusable due to presidential elections), and the remaining EU member countries, as well as the absence of the President of the EU Commission.
The list of Beijing attendees confirms that a tectonic fault line is developing across Europe between government leaders opting for national economic growth and development versus the nations whose leaders are still tied to the scelerotic, dying economies of the old Atlanticist order known as the American Century.
China made clear to the USA and the EU that their OBOR infrastructure project was not at all exclusionary. Beijing made clear months ago that it genuinely wanted their participation in what Vladimir Putin called the development of an Eurasian Century.
Trump responded by sending a low-level National Security Council civil service bureaucrat named Matt Pottiger. Germany’s Merkel sent her Economics Minister who pompously declared in Beijing that Germany would not sign the Forum Joint Communique, complaining instead that she wanted a “level playing field,” newspeak for the old Anglo-American globalization midel that makes the rules for “less developed” countries and thereby gives superior advantage for the Western G-7 multinational giant corporations and states.
Notably, leaders of the EU countries most strongly objecting to Brussels policies in key areas of the economy and refugees, such as Hungary’s Viktor Orban, strongly embraced participation in China’s vast $22 trillion infrastructure project called One Belt, One Road or OBOR, more recently Belt and Road, for short.
In remarks in Beijing summarizing his talks there, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban spoke bluntly of an emerging global tectonic fault line. Orban declared that the old globalisation model is obsolete, noting that “a large part of the world has had enough of a world where “a few developed countries have been continuously lecturing most of the world on human rights, democracy, development and the market economy,” a direct slap in the face to the US-led “democracy and human rights” NGOs of George Soros and the CIA-tied USAID which have ferociously tried to topple the very popular Orban.
Orban added that the world today has, “arrived at a cusp between historical eras: the old model for globalisation – built on the assumption that money, profit and technological know-how are in the West, flowing ‘from there to less developed, eastern countries.’ That model, Orban stressed, has “lost its impetus.” The Hungarian leader emphasized the crucial point that Washington and the stagnating governments of much of the EU are in denial. “Over the past ten years, the global economy’s engine room is no longer in the West, but in the East. More precisely, the East has caught up with the West.”
The Hungarian Prime Minister noted the fact that in Hungary over the past year or so, “large American and European companies have been bought up by Chinese enterprises, leading to a sharp increase in the number of Hungarian development projects that are now Chinese-owned. This movement of capital is totally different to what we have been used to, and to what we have been taught about how the global economy operates.”
Orban obviously gets the very central point that Washington, Wall Street, Brussels and Berlin are in denial over: The emerging Eurasian Century represents an entire new quality of globalization. No longer are the colonial European powers or their American cousins holding the key cards or calling the shots.
During his private talks in Beijing with Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials, Orban signed Memoranda of Understnding in connection with linking the OBOR infrastructure with the economies of Europe.
For Hungary, Orban signed financial and economic agreements in Beijing. He stated that the “most spectacular” of these agreements was for modernisation of the Budapest, Hungary to Belgrade, Serbia railway line, including the financing. Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vučić, together with Orban a major target of destabilization protests led by Washington NGOs of George Soros and the National Endowment for Democracy, also participated in the signing. […]
The Greek Connection
In addition to Hungary and Serbia, debt-ridden Greece is also drawing closer to Beijing and her OBOR initiatives. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, until recently a darling of the International Monetary Fund for bringing his Parliament to sign savage pension cuts and other austerity laws so that the EU and IMF debt deals go forward, is finding the Chinese OBOR option increasingly attractive.
In a meeting with Tsipras in Beijing before the opening of the OBOR forum, China’s Xi Jinping offered Tsipras proposals of expanding cooperation in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications. Xi told Tsipras, according to the official Chinese news agency, that Greece was an important part in China’s new Silk Road strategy. He put it in characteristic Chinese language: “At present, China and Greece’s traditional friendship and cooperation continues to glow with new dynamism.”
Greek infrastructure development group Copelouzos signed a deal with China’s Shenhua Group to cooperate in green energy projects and to upgrade power plants in Greece. The deals are worth more than $3 billion. In 2016, China’s largest shipping company, state-owned COSCO bought majority ownership stake in Piraeus Port Authority as preparation to turn Greece into a transhipment hub for the rapidly growing trade between Asia and Eastern Europe.
It is important to recall that, contrary to the religious dogma of economic simpletons such as Milton Friedman, there exist in nature no such entities as “free markets.” Markets are the careful product of man-made economic infrastructure developments. This is the core of China’s “globalization with Chinese characteristics,” as Deng might have termed Xi’s OBOR idea.
In recent months China has been a major investor in Greece’s economy, a sharp contrast to the demands of the EU and IMF for Greek austerity. The China State Grid last year bought a 24 percent stake in Greek power grid operator ADMIE for 320 million euros.
If we take the developments in Beijing’s OBOR forum of Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Czech Republic, and add to this the fact that Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan was also present and made a major committment to participate in the China-Russian-led OBOR, we have the seed crystal of a world geopolitical renaissance that contains the potential to replace the now-dead Anglo-American globalization model of top-down fascist economic domination, with a model truly based on mutual benefit among sovereign nations. As a traditional Russian saying goes, the select nations of Eastern Europe, along with Russia, China and perhaps also Turkey, are truly “making porridge together,” making rich nutritious Kasha. (emphasised ES)
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”
Martin Zeis, 22.01.2017
attached a thrilling Escobar-piece about the complex geopolitical game set to work by the hidden circles of power in the US. The most interesting facts, reflections told by a business source are reasonable.
20.01.2017 — http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46278.htm
Here’s How the Trump Presidency Will Play Out
By Pepe Escobar
January 20, 2017 „Information Clearing House“ – „Sputnik“- The Trump era starts now – with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers.
I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran — is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic partnership with China, while keep harassing the weakest link, Iran.
In fact that’s how it’s already playing out – as in the outbursts of selected members of Trump’s cabinet during their US Senate hearings. Factions of US Think Tankland, referring to Nixon’s China policy, which was designed by Kissinger, are also excited with the possibilities of containment regarding at least one of those powers „potentially arrayed against America“.
Kissinger and Dr. Zbig „Grand Chessboard“ Brzezinski are the two foremost, self-described Western dalangs – puppet masters – in the geopolitical arena. In opposition to Kissinger, Obama’s foreign policy mentor Brzezinski, true to his Russophobia, proposes a Divide and Rule centered on seducing China.
Yet an influential New York business source, very close to the real, discreet Masters of the Universe, who correctly predicted Trump’s victory weeks before the fact, after examining my argument offered not only a scathing appraisal of those cherished dalangs; he volunteered to detail how the new normal was laid out by the Masters directly to Trump. Let’s call him „X“.
further see attachment.