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World Leaders Gather in Beijing While Pindostan Sinks into Irrelevancy
Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture, May 20 2017


While vaudevillian comedy-like shouting matches broke out in the West Wing of the White House between Donald Trump and his senior advisers and between the White House press secretary and various presidential aides, world leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the creation of modern-day land and maritime «silk roads» to improve the economic conditions of nations around the world. Nothing more could have illustrated the massive divide between the concerns of many of the nations of the world and those of Pindostan, which is rapidly descending into second-rate power status, along with its NATO vassals Britain, France, and Germany. While Trump was threatening to fire his senior White House staff, reprising his one-time role in his reality television show «The Apprentice», China’s Pres Xi, Russian Pres Putin and presidents and prime ministers from around the world sat down to discuss the creation of new international and intercontinental highways, railways, and maritime routes under China’s proposed Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Even countries that are cool on the Chinese initiative, including India and Japan, sent representatives to the summit that carried a bit more clout than the pathetic representation of Pindostan, namely Matt Pottinger, a little-known special assistant to Trump and the senior director for East Asia on the NSC. In fact, the only reason Trump sent anyone to represent Pindostan at the Beijing gathering was because of a special request made by Xi during his recent meeting with Trump at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

South Korea sent a delegation to Beijing after a phone call between SK’s new Pres Moon Jae-in and Xi. Moon responded to the phone call by sending a delegation to Beijing led by a veteran legislator. Even North Korea sent a delegation to the Beijing meeting headed by Kim Yong Jae, the North’s Minister of External Economic Relations. The Trump administration, which sent a virtual unknown to Beijing, complained loudly about NK’s representation at the Silk Road summit, but Washington’s complaint was conveyed by someone as unknown as Pottinger, namely Anna Richey-Allen, a low-level State Dept East Asia Bureau spox. The reason why Pindostan is being spoken for by middle-grade bureaucrats is that the nation that still believes it is the world’s only remaining «superpower» is now governed by an administration rife with top-level vacancies, inter-agency squabbling, and amateur league players. Even though major EU states were not represented in Beijing by their heads of government, Germany sent its Economy Minister, Brigitte Zypries. She warned that the EU would not sign a Silk Road agreement with China unless certain EU demands on free trade and labor conditions were guaranteed. Germany’s reticence did not seem to faze other EU nations, which were represented in Beijing by their heads of government and appeared to be more avid in their support of the Chinese initiative. These included Italian PM Gentiloni, Spanish PM Rajoy, Polish PM Szydlo, Greek PM Tsipras, Czech Pres Zeman, and Hungarian PM Orban. Had British PM May not been in the middle of a general election campaign, she would have been in Beijing. Nevertheless, she sent Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in her place.

If the Trump administration hoped to convince world leaders to stay away from Beijing, it was sorely disappointed. UN Sec-Gen Guterres, was there, along with the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Also present in Beijing were the presidents of Turkey, Philippines, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Kenya, Uzbekistan, and Laos, as well as the prime ministers of Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Fiji, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Ministerial delegations from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Finland, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Romania, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, and the UAE were at the Beijing summit. Japan was represented by the senior adviser to PM Abe and Sec-Gen of the Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai. France, which was experiencing a change of presidents, sent former PM Raffarin. The Silk Road initiative has projects planned in all the nations whose governments were represented in Beijing except for USrael. In addition to the nations represented by their government heads of state and ministers, Silk Road agreements were signed between China and Palestine, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Tajikistan, Brunei, Croatia, and East Timor. The one clear message the Beijing meeting sent out to the world is that Pindostan’s «unipolar» vision of the world was dead and buried. Even among Faschingstein’s longtime friends and allies, one will not hear Donald Trump referred to as the «leader of the Free World.» That phrase has been discarded into the waste bin of history along with Pindostan’s insistence that it is the world’s only «superpower.» Pindostan is a second-rate power that happens to possess a first-rate nuclear arsenal, but nuclear weapons were not being discussed in Beijing. Major projects were on the agenda, projects that when completed will leave Pindostan at sea in the propeller wash.

Xi, in his keynote address to the conference, said that the «One Belt and One Road» initiative is «a project of the century» and that will benefit everybody across the world. And to put his money where his mouth is, Xi said China will contribute ¥80b as added financial impetus to create a global network of highway, railway, and maritime links in a recreation of the ancient Silk Road that linked China to the West. Meanwhile, in Faschingstein, Trump spoke of having recorded «taped» conversations with his fired director of the FBI James Comey, setting off a political firestorm. A new global infrastructure being spoken about in Beijing, and political hijinks is the major topic of conversation in Faschingstein! Pindostan has fallen into second-rate global status, and is seriously ill as a cohesive nation-state, but does not even realize it! China and Russia used the Beijing summit to showcase several Eurasian initiatives, including the Russia-inspired Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Both the Chinese and Russian heads of state let it be known that the BRICS alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa was still a potent world entity, even though South Africa was not represented in Beijing by its president, and India chose not to send any representative to Beijing. Putin’s words to the conference about the new geopolitical status in the world were noteworthy:

The greater Eurasia is not an abstract geopolitical arrangement, but without exaggeration a truly civilization-wide project looking toward the future.

In other words, the EU, which is losing Britain as a member and will never see membership for Turkey, is a dying international organism. Other international initiatives, like the EEU, BRICS, AIIB, and the One Belt, One Road (OBOR), are leaving the EU and Pindostan in the dust. That was evident by the fact that Pindostan was represented in Beijing by an overrated desk clerk and the EU by a Brussels Eurocrat, European Commission vice-pres Jyrki Katainen.

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