Pepe Escobar: Russia, India, China, Iran: the Quad that really matters

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      Passionate Progressive
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      To me, Richard Medhurst summarized the US dilemma in a nutshell…(less than a minute) which I posted here.  Essentially the post WWII world order taken over from the British empire and set up with the US as hegemon is sea-power and energy dependent and they are trying to prevent the Eurasia (land based) alliance which neutralizes that power and leaves North America as a backwater.

      Southeast Asia is right at the center of international relations for a whole week viz a viz three consecutive summits: Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh, the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Bali, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok.

      Eighteen nations accounting for roughly half of the global economy represented at the first in-person ASEAN summit since the Covid-19 pandemic in Cambodia: the ASEAN 10, Japan, South Korea, China, India, US, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand.

      With characteristic Asian politeness, the summit chair, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (or “Colombian”, according to the so-called “leader of the free world”), said the plenary meeting was somewhat heated, but the atmosphere was not tense: “Leaders talked in a mature way, no one left.”

      It was up to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to express what was really significant at the end of the summit.

      While praising the “inclusive, open, equal structure of security and cooperation at ASEAN”, Lavrov stressed how Europe and NATO “want to militarize the region in order to contain Russia and China’s interests in the Indo-Pacific.”

      A manifestation of this policy is how “AUKUS is openly aiming at confrontation in the South China Sea,” he said.

      Lavrov also stressed how the West, via the NATO military alliance, is accepting ASEAN “only nominally” while promoting a completely “unclear” agenda.

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      ozoneman
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      better than any other journalist, and Michael Hudson from the economic perspective.

      The US and NATO are desperately trying to prevent that, risking another world war.

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