The ‘West’ Is Past

June 9,  2018

Moon of Alabama

G-7 summits are supposed to symbolize “the west”, its unity and its power. The summits pretended to set policy directions for the world.

We are happy to see that they are dead.

I do not know who made this pic (go to the source to see the picture.  It is a modification of a photo the staff of the German chancellor Merkel uploaded to her Instagram account:   Is that supposed to make her look good?

Another picture (go to the source to see the picture) from the scene shows that the various heads of states were redacting some common paper and discussed its formulations. Trump was obviously not inclined to compromise.

Before attending the summit Trump trolled his colleagues by inviting Russia to rejoin the G-7/G-8 format without conditions. Russia had been kicked out after Crimea voted to join its motherland. Merkel, who had negotiated the Minsk agreement with Russia, was furious.

There are now many fields where the U.S. and its allies disagree: Climate change, Iran deal, trade are only the major ones.

Before leaving the summit Trump again used Mafia language against everyone else:

As he prepared to depart early from the G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, to head to Singapore ahead of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump delivered an ultimatum to foreign leaders, demanding that their countries reduce trade barriers for the U.S. or risk losing market access to the world’s largest economy.

“They have no choice. I’ll be honest with you, they have no choice,” Trump told reporters at a news conference, adding that companies and jobs had left the U.S. to escape trade barriers abroad. “We’re going to fix that situation. And if it’s not fixed, then we’re not going to deal with these countries.”

The row at the G-7 meeting was in stark contrast to the more important other meeting that happened today, the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China:

Dazzling against the city skyline of Qingdao, fireworks lit up the faces of guests who traveled across the vast Eurasian continent to the coast of the Yellow Sea for the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, on Saturday night.

It is the first such summit since the organization’s expansion in June 2017 when India and Pakistan joined as full members.

The Shanghai Spirit of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development, was stated in the Charter of the SCO, a comprehensive regional organization founded in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and later expanded to eight member states.

This weekend Xi will chair the summit for the first time as Chinese president, which is attended by leaders of other SCO member states and four observer states, as well as chiefs of various international organizations.

The SCO has grown to be an organization covering over 60 percent of the Eurasian landmass, nearly half the world’s population and over 20 percent of global GDP.

Two U.S. ‘realists’, Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, had always warned that the ‘west’ must keep China and Russia apart if it wants to keep its leading global position. Nixon went to China to achieve that.

Years later the U.S. fell for the myth that it had ‘won’ the Cold War. It felt invincible, the ‘sole superpower’ and sought to ‘rule them all’. It woke up from that dream after it invaded Iraq. The mighty U.S. military was beaten to pulp by the ‘sand niggers’ it despised. A few years later U.S. financial markets were in shambles.

Crude attempts to further encircle Russia led to the Chinese-Russian alliance that now leads the SCO and soon, one might argue, the world. There will be no photo like the above from the SCO summit. The Chinese President Xi calls Russia’s President Putin ‘my best friend’.

The ‘west’ has lost in Eurasia.

The U.S. is reduced to a schoolyard bully who beats up his gang members because their former victims have grown too big.

Trump is off to Singapore to meet Kim Yong-un. Unlike Trump North Korea’s supreme leader will be well prepared. It is likely that he will run rings around Trump during the negotiations. If Trump tries to bully him like he bullies his ‘allies’, Kim will pack up and leave. Unlike the U.S. ‘allies’ he has no need to bow to Trump. China and Russia have his back. They are now the powers that can lead the world.

The ‘west’ is past. The future is in the east.

Posted by b on June 9, 2018 at 03:14 PM | Permalink

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/06/the-west-is-over.html

 

Did Trump just fail the G7? RT looks at US leader’s short trip to the summit

Junε 10, 2018

RT

The world has seen increasingly tough talk between G7 leaders and Trump, who seemed to show disrespect towards the group. But did he actually fail the summit in Canada? RT takes a closer look at the feuds gripping the G7.

Divisions between US President Donald Trump and the six other leaders of G7 countries arose during the first day of their summit in Quebec, Canada. Upon arriving, Trump surprisingly called for Russia to be brought back into the G7 and the controversial decision the global body made in 2014 to be reversed.

Later on, it emerged that a meeting between Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May will not take place, though meetings between the UK and US leaders were common before he took office. Adding even more tension to the atmosphere, the White House announced that Trump would cut his visit short by one day to arrive early in Singapore for milestone talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Prior to the meeting, the firebrand American president accused his counterparts of taking advantage of the US on trade, vowing to “straighten it out.” In a series of tweets, Trump said other G7 nations are hitting the US with “massive tariffs,”hurting the economy.

Trump’s G7 allies did not mince words either. French President Emmanuel Macron said the group will go on despite Trump’s unorthodox behavior. “Maybe the American President doesn’t mind being isolated today, but we also don’t mind being six if need be.”

“We have troubles with not only tariffs, we have troubles with almost every subject,” Willy Wimmer, former vice chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, told RT. “And I think the rift between Brussels and Washington, the European Union and the United States, will become bigger and bigger.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/429227-trump-fail-g7-summit/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email

 

 

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