James Corbett | April 29, 2017
Two weeks ago I discussed the baby steps that China and Russia are taking toward creating an alternative financial infrastructure to the SWIFT Network and the Washington Consensus (read: Wall Street Consensus). The steps may be small, but they’re all going in the same direction: away from a US/NATO-led world order and toward a world where there is a China/Russia-led alternative.
The latest example of this Chinese-led world order will be on display in Beijing in mid-May when heads of state from 28 different nations convene the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The forum comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity between China and a spate of countries along China’s proposed trillion dollar “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “Maritime Silk Road” known as the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI).
This diplomatic activity, much of which has been making headlines in recent weeks, includes:
- A pledge to deepen cooperation between Greece and China as part of the BRI.
- A commitment to strengthen ties between Egypt and China under the BRI framework.
- An offer to involve India in the BRI, starting with the BRI forum in Beijing next month.
- An agreement between Russia and China to “conjugate” their relationship in the BRI and the Eurasian Economic Union.
- And even, incredibly, an invitation for the US to join the “symphony” of the BRI and the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
And that’s just the headlines from April. You may not know it if you’re only consuming #fakenews from the western MSM propaganda outlets, but the American-led world order of the post-WWII era is being severely tested right now.
So it looks like freedom is on the march and the globalists are on the run. Right, gang? We’ve got this globalism thing licked! Bye bye to the American Empire and hello peace, cooperation and stability!
…If only. Sadly, as I stressed last month, these new initiatives aren’t really steps away from globalism, they’re just steps toward the creation of a different global order. Globalization 2.0, if you will.
But don’t take my word for it. “Globalization 2.0” is exactly what the Chinese government is calling it. Meet the new globalization, only cosmetically different from the old globalization.
In their recent article on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative ushers in ‘Globalization 2.0’,” the (Communist party mouthpiece) People’s Daily contrasts the post-WWII, American-led “Globalization 1.0” of “aggressive” economic growth and “imbalanced development” with the balanced, inclusive growth of the beloved Chinese Communist Party’s Belt and Road Initiative. The article quotes “renowned Chinese experts” from the (Communist Party run) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who make the case for the government’s proposed globalization reboot with all the patriotic fervor of an academic with a gun barrel pressed to his temple:
According to Zhang Yunling, director of the academic division of International Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), humanity entered the era of “Globalization 1.0” after World War II, focusing on connecting the world via multilateral and regional cooperation. Prior to 2008, Globalization 1.0 has indeed promoted rapid economic growth, but the anti-globalization trend is always waiting, ready to strike, as imbalanced development between regions and communities is inevitable, Zhang noted.
The Belt and Road Initiative, on the other hand, offers a distinctly Chinese way of looking at global governance and cooperation.
“The versions of globalization led by the East and the West are different. The West tends to be more aggressive, while the East emphasizes inclusiveness. That makes homogeneity one of the key factors in cooperation, but we are trying to show that heterogeneity does not necessarily get in the way of cooperation,” said Ren Jingjing, another expert with CASS…..
For those of you who are still thinking that anything is better than the American-led globalization of the last 50 years, I have some bad news. As I’ve pointed out many, many times in numerous reports over the last few years, it is the same cabal of globalists who created the current mess who are shepherding China’s rise and the creation of the Chinese-led “globalization 2.0.” Although I’ve provided numerous examples of this in those above-mentioned reports, one just has to look at the latest headlines to find yet another example of this false dialectic at work:
Meet the new globalization, same as the old globalization.
The only thing left to say is that the false choice between the Chinese-led world order and the American-led world order are not the only options on the table. It is still possible for free humanity to withdraw its participation from the statist systems of control (economic, financial, monetary, commercial and social) that under gird this system of regional competition for global dominance. But if this is a race to the finish line, then free humanity is far behind and time is running out. …
Since north america is moving into a resource extraction (“3rd world”) role in the the new global economic system, americans should be asking themselves what china covets in this region and whether the chinese system will be any less brutal in its messianic zeal to globalize its internal dynamics than the older echo chamber in washington and london. We are dealing with organic systems here, not people, and organic systems need growth. And at the top, as Corbett says, it’s still the same old system pulling the strings, which BTW would profit immensely by replicating the disaster capitalist wet dream that benefited the USA after WWII (the devastation of europe) in a WWIII scenario (the devastation of the USA) with china taking over the role of global industrial powerhouse.
Contrast washington’s approach to national defense, for example vis-a-vis bomb shelters, with that of russia and china, while it continues to goad and prod them into geostrategic corners. Heck, washington won’t even spend a dime on hardening the US electrical grid against EMP’s, which could just as easily come from the sun as from a weapon. The years of neglect of the US infrastructure speaks volumes about the TPTB’s plans for this country. Islam will fit right in.
It’s just business, and if there’s anything the luciferians are good at, it’s business. The whole world is their plantation.