This is an excellent, MUST READ article from China’s People’s Daily Online. It’s reported as the most read article this morning. Check it out!
via China to play “positive, constructive” role at UN in solving Syria issue: FM – People’s Daily Online.
The article reports on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
As I read the article, I wondered about a new power struggle at the UN Security Council with the UK and France subordinated, with the real power play being China/Russia’s position with the US.
Let me ask an open question:
Has Syria triggered a change in the political dynamics at the UN Security Council?
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- Chinese president discusses ties, global issues with Russian counterpart – People’s Daily Online (dralfoldman.com)
- China becomes largest source of overseas students – People’s Daily Online (dralfoldman.com)
- China strongly condemns Japan over shrine visit – People’s Daily Online (dralfoldman.com)
- Cyprus president committed to further deepening relations with China – People’s Daily Online (dralfoldman.com)
- Experts: US unwise to wage war on Assad – People’s Daily Online (dralfoldman.com)
- Gov’t debt audit to examine risks for sound economy – People’s Daily Online (dralfoldman.com)
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The answer to Dr Alf,s question is no because the power dynamics had changed long before the Syrian crisis both within the world and in the Security Council.
This through the Chinese propping up the American dollar,through strategic investments in Western businesses,through helping the Afghan Government rebuild its infrastructure and through Hong Kong positioning itself within 3 years to become the World,s top financial centre ahead of New York,London and Singapore which is due to rise to 2nd place within the same period.
China is about to build a Nicaraguan canal to rival Panama,s , is increasing military expenditure by 15% a year, developing “blue water ” naval capability,weaponising space,buying up land in South America,investing in Africa,developing weather warfare capability in the Gobi Desert ,creating armies of fighting and storming robots,increasing cyber warfare capability and breaking out of the containment plans of the Pentagon and Nato with nuclear submarines.
In terms of both soft and hard power the Chinese are beginning to flex their muscles and whereas in the past the West was sanguine and complacent and could dominate the UN Security Council we cannot get our way so easily any longer.
Matters came to a head in Libya when under the pretext of establishing a humanitarian corridor and saving the lives of 8000 Libyans from the wrath of Ghaddafi,a man we used to support following Tony Blair,s visit to the Libyan leader,s tent,the West toppled that regime and saw Ghaddafi murdered whilst his hands were tied by Islamist fanatics in the back of a pickup truck.
China and for that matter Russia know about the Kissinger and PNAC doctrines for “Full Spectrum Dominance”,the Saudi plans for a new Caliphate and worry about destabilistion of their countries through the stirring up of their Muslim minorities.
These plans call for regime change in Syria,Lebanon,Somalia,Yemen and Iran and the reconquering of Africa to secure mineral wealth for the West and deny it to China.
So when China calls for constructive dialogue what they mean is that we in the West will have to come to terms with the new realities of power and recognise that Globalisation has been “gamed” by the Chinese in a way our leaders and those behind them did not forsee.
What is happening in the Security Council is the manifestation of that muscle flexing and the gnashing of teeth on the part of our leaders who have been out-thought by a China which as” the Donald” puts it is “Eating our lunch”.
To counter what is happening we need new and much cleverer leaders with imagination,the ability to negotiate and greater understanding of what needs to be done to compete and win in a much changed world.
At present those in real control seem to want stupid and controllable people to lead us and until that changes we will carry on losing.