Here’s How Russia and China Are Teaming Up to Shape Our Future

“It’s likely that the US will be on the outside looking in”
—By Pepe Escobar | Mother Jones magazine | Monday Oct. 6, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Shanghai in May. Pang Xinglei/Xinhua

 

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB.

Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran. But don’t mention it inside Washington’s Beltway or at NATO headquarters in Brussels. There, the star of the show today and tomorrow is the new Osama bin Laden: Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive, self-appointed beheading prophet of a new mini-state and movement that has provided an acronym feast—ISIS/ISIL/IS—for hysterics in Washington and elsewhere.

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, however, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they’re not going to stop just because American elites refuse to accept that their historically brief “unipolar moment” is on the wane. For them, the closing of the era of “full spectrum dominance,” as the Pentagon likes to call it, is inconceivable. After all, the necessity for the indispensable nation to control all space—military, economic, cultural, cyber, and outer—is little short of a religious doctrine. Exceptionalist missionaries don’t do equality. At best, they do “coalitions of the willing” like the one crammed with “over 40 countries” assembled to fight ISIS/ISIL/IS and either applauding (and plotting) from the sidelines or sending the odd plane or two toward Iraq or Syria. Continue reading

Inter-Imperialist Contention and Seeds of Opposing Blocs Forming

China Calls for Security Pact with Russia, Iran

By Louise Watt, AP, May 21, 2014

SHANGHAI — China‘s president called Tuesday for the creation of a new Asian structure for security cooperation based on a regional group that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States.

President Xi Jinping spoke at a meeting in Shanghai of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building measures in Asia, an obscure group that has taken on significance as Beijing tries to extend its influence and limit the role of the United States, which it sees as a strategic rival.

“We need to innovate our security cooperation (and) establish new regional security cooperation architecture,” said Xi, speaking to an audience that included President Vladimir Putin of Russia and leaders of Central Asian countries. Continue reading

China: Children’s Cartoon echoes Tienanmen Protests

(While 150,000 in Hong Kong rallied in remembrance of the 1989 suppression of the Tienanmen Square democracy protests, in Beijing–where such commemorations are banned–a report on a child’s cartoon broke through the suffocating climate, briefly).

Regime rattled–represses cartoon

June 04, 2010 1:13 PM

ABC’s Mary Huang reports from Beijing:

On a day meant to celebrate China’s future, an image surrounding the country’s troubled past has captured the attention of its online community.

Just three days before the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, China’s Southern Metropolis Daily published a series of cartoons commemorating International Children’s Day. In one, a small boy draws a stick figure standing in front of a line of tanks, echoing the iconic Tank Man photograph from the Tiananmen protests.

The cartoon quickly circulated around China’s online community as citizens passed it on, attaching comments that praised the newspaper and implored future generations to remember the event. State censors quickly intervened and removed the cartoon from the newspaper’s website.

the iconic photo from 1989 protest

In the lead-up to this year’s anniversary, the government also cracked down on commemorative activities in Hong Kong, the only part of the country where such public events are allowed. On Saturday, city police arrested 13 activists demonstrating on the city’s sidewalks, along with a miniature version of the original Tiananmen “Goddess of Democracy” statue. Standing at 33 feet tall, the original statue was constructed by student protestors to symbolize their push for democratic reform. It stood in the square for five days before soldiers destroyed it during the government crackdown. Like the Tank Man, the sculpture has become an icon of the Tiananmen movement and a symbol of liberty and free speech. Replicas have been built around the world in commemoration. The replica seized by Hong Kong police had been constructed by New Zealander Chen Weiming for the city’s Tiananmen Square protest memorial gatherings this year.

Public outcry forced the Hong Kong police to return Chen’s statue on Tuesday. The statue was on display during the city’s June 4 memorial vigil in Victoria Park. Police also released the activists on bail within a day of their arrest. The creator, however, was not so lucky. Earlier in the week, Hong Kong authorities detained and deported Chen at the airport as he tried to enter the city to check on his statue.

Twenty-one years after Tiananmen, the Chinese government continues to label the student-led protests as a counterrevolutionary revolt and to restrict public acknowledgement of the crackdown. As Hong Kong citizens gather in memory of Tiananmen, memorial events in mainland China are out of the question.  Younger generations of Chinese remain largely ignorant of the events. For a society that prides itself on remembering its 5,000-year-old history, most Chinese treat June 4 as an ordinary day.

With the exception of increased security along Beijing’s streets, the day appears to pass by quietly. Yet, as the Southern Metropolis Daily cartoon reminds us, there are still some, however few, dedicated to keeping the memory of the massacre in Tiananmen Square alive in China.

Associated Press contributed to this report.