Pepe Escobar: Good-bye G-20; Hello BRICS

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      Passionate Progressive
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      The increasingly irrelevant G20 Summit concluded with sure signs that BRICS+ will be the way forward for Global South cooperation.

      The redeeming quality of a tense G20 held in Bali – otherwise managed by laudable Indonesian graciousness – was to sharply define which way the geopolitical winds are blowing.

      That was encapsulated in the Summit’s two highlights: the much anticipated China-US presidential meeting – representing the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century – and the final G20 statement.

      The 3-hour, 30-minute-long face-to-face meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden – requested by the White House – took place at the Chinese delegation’s residence in Bali, and not at the G20 venue at the luxury Apurva Kempinski in Nusa Dua.

      The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs concisely outlined what really mattered. Specifically, Xi told Biden that Taiwan independence is simply out of the question. Xi also expressed hope that NATO, the EU, and the US will engage in “comprehensive dialogue” with Russia. Instead of confrontation, the Chinese president chose to highlight the layers of common interest and cooperation.


      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      Join it and subvert it?  Sanction everyone involved?  The times they are a-changin’.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

    • #498191
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      Hey, but Xi! Xi! He’s our man… if HE can’t do it… Where’s Randy Rainbow when you need him most? I guess he only makes money on hating Trump.

      On edit, I love Pepe’s comment section, so I snipped something to make you have this tune in your head…

      Goodbye (G20) (Hello) Yellow BRICS + Road – Elton John

      Ah, ah-ah, ah-ah
      Ah-ah-ah, ah

      When are you gonna come down?
      When are you going to land?
      You should have stayed on the farm
      You should have listened to dear old Vlad
      You know you can’t hold us forever
      We didn’t sign up with you
      We’re not a present for your friends to open
      Biden and Borrell are singing the blues . . .

      Ah, ah-ah, ah-ah
      Ah-ah-ah, ah

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

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