The kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with Turkey and Egypt, may apply next year, the BRICS Forum president told Russian media.Continue reading Three More Countries Set to Join BRICS
Category Archives: Multipolar World
Iran-Russia Interbank Agreement Soon to Be Implemented
The pursuit of inter-banking agreements comes amid efforts by Tehran and Moscow to strengthen their economies and bypass western sanctions.Continue reading Iran-Russia Interbank Agreement Soon to Be Implemented
Russia’s Decisive Break with the West Help Shape A Multipolar World Order
It’s perhaps hard to believe now but – only eight years ago – Russia was a full member of the former G8. Since then, there have been dramatic changes.Continue reading Russia’s Decisive Break with the West Help Shape A Multipolar World Order
BRICS+ & Global South: Emerging Leaders of a Multipolar World?
Fast but not furious, the Global South is revving up. The key takeaway of the BRICS+ summit in Beijing, held in sharp contrast with the G7 in the Bavarian Alps, is that both West Asia’s Iran and South America’s Argentina officially applied for BRICS membership.Continue reading BRICS+ & Global South: Emerging Leaders of a Multipolar World?
The ‘Multiplier Effect’ of BRICS+
The possibilities offered by the “integration of integrations” track for BRICS+ are substantial, provided that such a platform is open, inclusive and ensures connectivity across regional integration arrangements – this will deliver the much needed “multiplier effect” in the process of economic cooperation and can set off a new process of globalization that connects regional arrangements in the developed and the developing world, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Yaroslav Lissovolik.Continue reading The ‘Multiplier Effect’ of BRICS+
Exile on Main Street: The Sound of the Unipolar World Fading Away
The future world order, already in progress, will be formed by strong sovereign states. The ship has sailed. There’s no turning back.Continue reading Exile on Main Street: The Sound of the Unipolar World Fading Away
St. Petersburg sets the stage for the War of Economic Corridors
In St. Petersburg, the world’s new powers gather to upend the US-concocted “rules-based order” and reconnect the globe their way.Continue reading St. Petersburg sets the stage for the War of Economic Corridors
The ‘New G8’ Meets China’s ‘Three Rings’
The coming of the new G8 points to the inevitable advent of BRICS +, one of the key themes to be discussed in the upcoming BRICS summit in China.Continue reading The ‘New G8’ Meets China’s ‘Three Rings’
Russia is Staging A Rebellion Against the West and its Liberal World Order
Moscow has been unwilling to accept the secondary role assigned to it by the West and now the consequences are being felt.Continue reading Russia is Staging A Rebellion Against the West and its Liberal World Order
The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism’s Global War on Multipolarity
This is a series of talks where each talk is short and one can enjoy the long video in shorter pieces. An absolute must-listen is the convenor’s opening statement which explains so clearly the concept of multi-polarity or pluripolarity.
The second one by Victor Gao brings a new view to how China perceives these changes in our world.
Ben Norton from Multipolarista takes a look at the influence of socialism in the Belt and Road Initiative.
All of these are worth listening to, and it is easy as the presentations are short, and one can come back to it.
Topics include: * NATO, AUKUS and the military infrastructure of the New Cold War * The evolving China-Russia relationship and the West’s response * The Biden administration’s undermining of the One China Principle * Solomon Islands and the West’s plan for hegemony in the Pacific * NATO’s plan for Ukraine and how this impacts China * Prospects for sovereign development in the Global South
Speakers: * Victor Gao (Vice President, Center for China and Globalization) * Ben Norton (Editor, Multipolarista) * Li Jingjing (Reporter, CGTN) * Jenny Clegg (Author, ‘China’s Global Strategy: Toward a Multipolar World’) * Danny Haiphong (Author, ‘American Exceptionalism and American Innocence’) * Chris Matlhako (SACP Second Deputy General Secretary) * Mustafa Hyder Sayed (Executive Director, Pakistan-China Institute)
* Professor Ding Yifan (Senior Fellow, Taihe Institute, China) * Ju-Hyun Park (Writer and organizer, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development) * Rob Kajiwara (President, Peace For Okinawa Coalition) * Sara Flounders (United National Antiwar Coalition, International Action Center) * Yury Tavrovsky (Chairman, Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development)
The End of Western Domination
The Western sanctions against Russia, decided unilaterally by Washington, are presented as a just punishment for the aggression against Ukraine. But, without mentioning their illegality under international law, everyone can see that they do not reach their target.Continue reading The End of Western Domination
Meet the New, Resource-Based Global Reserve Currency
A new reality is being formed: the unipolar world is irrevocably becoming a thing of the past, a multipolar one is taking shape.Continue reading Meet the New, Resource-Based Global Reserve Currency
Saudi Coalition Announces Cessation of Military Operations in Yemen
RIYADH – The Saudi coalition announces the cessation of military operations in Yemen, starting 6:00 am on Wednesday, with peace talks due to start during the month of Ramadan starting next month.Continue reading Saudi Coalition Announces Cessation of Military Operations in Yemen
Four Signs A US-Gulf ‘Divorce’ is in the Making
The rapid-fire ‘messages’ directed at Washington from old Persian Gulf allies are brutal, and strongly suggest that the days of US hegemony are done.Continue reading Four Signs A US-Gulf ‘Divorce’ is in the Making
Liberated Mariupol Will Become A Key Hub of Eurasian Integration
Mariupol was battered by Ukraine’s right-wing Azov battalion well before Moscow launched its military ops. In Russian hands, this strategic steelworks port can transform into a hub of Eurasian connectivity.Continue reading Liberated Mariupol Will Become A Key Hub of Eurasian Integration
Towards a Multipolar, Fair World Order
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in the Chinese district of Tunx for talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Continue reading Towards a Multipolar, Fair World Order
Russia’s Strategic Swing Drives NATOstan Nuts
“You don’t believe in the principle of indivisible security? Fine. Now we dictate the security rhythm.”Continue reading Russia’s Strategic Swing Drives NATOstan Nuts
The Year of the Tiger Starts With a Sino-Russian Bang
The Year of the Black Water Tiger will start, for all practical purposes, with a Beijing bang this Friday, as Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, after a live meeting before the initial ceremony of the Winter Olympics, will issue a joint statement on international relations.Continue reading The Year of the Tiger Starts With a Sino-Russian Bang
This One-Two Punch from China & Russia Marks the End of American Adventurism
Syria’s inclusion in the Belt and Road Initiative is the final act in a long saga against American imperialism that shows how China and Russia can effectively counter U.S. intervention in the future.Continue reading This One-Two Punch from China & Russia Marks the End of American Adventurism
Blinken Humiliated after Announced Withdrawal of Russian-led Peacekeepers
The US went into overdrive in propagating against the short Russian-led peacekeeping operation in Kazakhstan under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) mechanism. The Wall Street Journal speculated whether “the Crisis in Kazakhstan [was] the Rebirth of the Soviet Union” and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that “one lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave.”Continue reading Blinken Humiliated after Announced Withdrawal of Russian-led Peacekeepers
January 2022: A Game Changing Moment Between Russia, America and the World
What Moscow is really asking for is to redraw the borders of influence between Russia and the West.Continue reading January 2022: A Game Changing Moment Between Russia, America and the World
It’s Time to Prepare for The Post-American Age
Washington’s role in the world is diminishing. What comes next?Continue reading It’s Time to Prepare for The Post-American Age
Checkmate: Iran Is Spearheading a Geopolitical Sea Change in West Asia
Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote to his fellow colonials: “Either we hang together or we hang separately.”Continue reading Checkmate: Iran Is Spearheading a Geopolitical Sea Change in West Asia
Are Sino-Russian Relations Really the ‘Best in History’?
They are certainly positive and can be like a breath of fresh air compared to the eternal stench from the swamp Washington has been sinking into.Continue reading Are Sino-Russian Relations Really the ‘Best in History’?
Never a More Unsettling Strategic Landscape
It is the first time that others are dictating to the West rather than being instructed on how to conform to American red lines.Continue reading Never a More Unsettling Strategic Landscape
‘The country that bombed you is your friend. The one that built your new railway is your enemy’
This is the Western media’s bizarre messaging to the people of Laos, a nation that was carpet bombed by America, and which is now being vilified for accepting a new $9 billion railway line paid for by China.
Thursday was National Day in Laos, a celebration marking 46 years since the landlocked Southeast Asian nation deposed its monarchy and became a revolutionary communist state, an effort which was supported by Vietnam.
This year, the anniversary had added significance, as it saw the opening of a major new project, an electrified high-speed and freight railway system connecting the capital city, Vientiane with its northern neighbour, China.
The $9 billion project is part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and has been hailed as one of its flagship achievements. It is the first commercial and industrial railway in Laos, which, given its geography and the fact it is surrounded by mountainous terrain, has not previously had many options to expand its exports and generate economic growth.
Now, though, it has a direct rapid link into the world’s second largest economy and the world’s largest consumer market by population, and a connection to the booming ports of Guangdong. In terms of what it will bring to Laos, it is a game changer. So, what’s not to like about it?
To nobody’s surprise, the mainstream media have responded to the railway with the usual anti-China negativity. A plethora of articles sought to paint the project as a ‘debt trap’, promoting the accusation that Beijing loans countries money for projects they cannot afford and then exerts political leverage over it.
The Financial Times, for one, ran with a cynical article headlined ‘Laos to open Chinese-built railway amid fears of Beijing’s influence’. It implied that somehow Laos feels threatened or fears the construction of this very pioneering railway project (which the country’s own leader made sure he was the first to travel on). This suggestion of ‘fears of Chinese influence’ has become a common feature on such stories, which seek to cast doubt over anything positive China may be achieving or doing.
A common Twitter meme among pro-China users which has followed from stories like this asks: “but at what cost?” highlighting the frequency of such negative coverage.
And if you Google “China, but at what cost?” you can find a great many examples of articles published in major outlets. In producing such pieces, the broader intention is to depict Beijing’s actions as unwanted, threatening and constantly facing opposition. In the case of the Laos railway project, the ‘problem’ is it was financed by debt, and therefore it is not a positive step.
Yet this argument is as insulting as it is outright insensitive to Laos’ contemporary history. Anyone who knows anything about Laos’ relatively recent past will be well aware that China is not the country to fear, but the United States – the nation that dropped over 260 million cluster bombs on Laos and completely devastated the country as an extension of the Vietnam War, making it the most single bombed nation in history and claiming over 50,000 lives.
Many of these bombs remain unexploded and litter the countryside of Laos, continuing to kill civilians. In constructing the new railway, workers first had to clear the unexploded ordnance. How is it that the world and the mainstream media remain indifferent to this atrocity? And how, by any stretch of the imagination, can they claim that China is the true threat to Laos, and that the US and its allies act in the true interests of the country?
Herein lies the problem. Such a mindset symbolizes the elitism, chauvinism and self-righteousness of the countries of the West, which are ideologically inclined to believe that they stand for the ‘true interests’ of the ordinary people in the countries they profess to liberate.
Western politics peddles the assumption that through countries’ adherence to liberal democracy, they exclusively hold a single, universal, impartial and moralistic truth, derived from the ontological legacy of Christianity, and they have an obligation to introduce it to others. The West always acts truthfully and in good faith, while its enemies do not. And therefore, so the logic goes, any policy the US or its allies direct towards Laos is motivated by sincere intent and goodwill for its interests, and in turn, anything that China does is bad-faith, expansionist and power-hungry behaviour motivated by a desire to influence or control the country.
This creates the bizarre scenario whereby Beijing is depicted as evil and sinister for building a railway to connect to its neighbour – but we should forget America dropping millions of bombs on the country because it was done in the name of ‘freedom’. I’m sure you can imagine how the media would react if China did the latter.
Those who push this narrative predictably omit any insight into how Laos itself thinks about the situation. Another piece which took a similar stance, published in The Diplomat, was titled ‘Laos-China Railway inaugurated amid mounting debt concerns’.
But like the ‘fears of Beijing influence’ expressed in the FT, who are these ‘concerns’ from? The report cites the “Washington-based Center for Global Development” and what it merely describes as a “US based analyst” as sources who push the ‘debt trap’ narrative. But nowhere in any of these articles is there an actual voice direct from Laos who raises any fear of China, or objects to the railway’s existence.
Instead, they simply talk on the country’s behalf, obscuring the reality that a communist state which suffered from extreme levels of aggression from the US probably does not see its northern neighbour – and its most important economic partner – as a threat to its regime. With many more articles running variations of the same theme, there is minimal effort given to the consideration that the railway will help the country rapidly expand its exports, sustain greater growth and help Laos pay for the project.
The Laos-China railway has provided a textbook example of how the media can distort a story in order to fortify an incriminating narrative, while brushing aside brutal realities. We are shown a lopsided world, where the travesty of a country being bombed into oblivion with consequences lasting decades is ignored, and the preference is to try to convince us how that same country’s first commercial railway line is, in fact, what it should really be scared of.
It is a demonstration of how the power of the English-language, pro-US media distorts reality itself and how they can blow up an issue, yet hide the truth, by professing to care dearly about the well-being and interests of a country which the West poured death, destruction and carnage upon in the name of freedom.
Barbados Ditches the Queen
If you believe the narrative being pushed in the UK media, there’s a predictable source to blame for Barbados going it alone as a republic. This speaks volumes about the UK’s uncertainty over its place in the shifting world order.Continue reading Barbados Ditches the Queen
A New Future Dawns in the East
A shift in the world’s power base, alliances and economic strength, will undoubtedly happen within the coming years. In fact, it’s already ongoing. But not necessarily according to Klaus Schwab’s (WEF) “The Great Reset”.Continue reading A New Future Dawns in the East
How the SCO Just Flipped the World Order
As a rudderless West watched on, the 20th anniversary meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was laser-focused on two key deliverables: shaping up Afghanistan and kicking off a full-spectrum Eurasian integration.Continue reading How the SCO Just Flipped the World Order
United Eurasia: Russia is Betting the Days of Total U.S. Economic Supremacy are Ending
The centre of the world is moving. While once it sat somewhere within the Atlantic, balanced between Europe and the US, it is now moving east. With Asia on the rise, Russia is now planning its role at the heart of two continents.Continue reading United Eurasia: Russia is Betting the Days of Total U.S. Economic Supremacy are Ending