Asia at the Center of the New World Order, Shanghai Cooperation Organization Emerges as a Global Force

As Europe continues to crumble, much attention is being paid in Asia to the recent SCO summit held in Beijing. The summit brought together the heads of six full members -- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan -- and the top leaders from Afghanistan, India, and Iran. Mongolia and Pakistan also took part as observers in the summit last week, while leaders from Belarus and Sri Lanka attended the summit as dialogue partners.

The summit presented no revolutionary advances, but a series of solid incremental achievements on the base laid eleven years ago in Shanghai. But, in the world as it is, that is enough for a key knowledgeable observor with no direct stake in the organization's success to state:

"It might not be too far off the mark to stress that the SCO is contemplating a new order to replace the existing Anglo-Saxon world order, which has dominated our planet for centuries... It is clear that China is asserting a global leadership role." That came from the Managing Editor of Thailand's {The Nation}, Thanong Khanthong, who went on to write:

"The members and potential members of the SCO, such as Russia, China, India and Iran, are emerging as regional and global powers, representing an antithesis of the existing order. Collectively, they would like to form agendas of their own instead of playing along with the agendas of the West.

"The existing order evolved more spectacularly after the Second World War under the directives of the US and the UK. The pillars of the present global order are the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank for International Settlements, the World Trade Organization, Nato and other related international organisations. Underlying their polices are free trade, liberalisation, cooperation and liberal democracy, to bring nations under 'globalisation'.

"But the members of the SCO are suspicious that globalisation is a ruse to bring forth a one-world currency, a one-world central bank and a one-world government under the control of the global elite.

"The meeting of the SCO in Beijing took place at a historic juncture, with the existing order wobbling. The European Union is crumbling under the weight of a banking crisis and public sector indebtedness. The US is contemplating another round of quantitative easing, or money printing, to prop up financial markets and the economy. Practically all of the economies of the developed world are suffering financial distress to variable degrees, after years of financial bubbles... And the bubbles have to pop once again to create a global depression. The Anglo-Saxon order sees a one-world government and one-world currency as a way out.

"The SCO repudiates this antithesis of a new world order. It has an antithesis of its own, but the East's world order is not clear as yet. But the East is finally rising to challenge the West, which has dominated this planet over the past four to five hundred years."

Thanong sees the present, but of the future he can only envision a replay of the past.

"As the US has initiated a policy to contain China, we are about to see growing international and military conflict within this region -- a classic return of a full-blown confrontation between West and East to determine who will govern this planet over the centuries to come."

If the human species is to survive, it must be mankind, as such, that governs this planet, and this solar system, "over the centuries to come."

Also on this front, China's Global Times, often used to convey the thinking at the highest party levels, recently ran an op-ed by American analyst Clifford A. Kiracofe on the Syria situation and the Blair doctrine that is behind it. Titled "Syria targeted by U.S. advocates of unipolar global order," the article locates the drive for regime-change in Syria as an issue of "the future of the international system and the role of international law."

The Global Times has taken an important, if subtle, step forward in this piece. Nowhere is China or China's direct interests mentioned. China rather is speaking on behalf of the world as a whole, or, in their words, "movement toward a progressive multipolar world under traditional principles of international law."

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