BRITAIN AND CHINA CONTEMPLATE STOCK MARKET CONNECTION AND RAIL DEALS
Over the past week, regular readers here will ahve noticed I have been blogging a great deal about the geopolitical earthquake that has been unfolding before our eyes, and with a rapidity that is almost incomprehensible. I have also suggested that this is in response - partly - to an American foreign policy increasingly seen both by America's allies and "enemies" as out of control, irrational, and destablizing. That earthquake has three components and possible fourth and fifth components, and thus far this past week I have been writing about two of them:
- The meeting of the French, Russian, and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius, Sergei Lavrov, and Frank-Walter Steinmeir, in Berlin, to greenlight Russian military intervention in Syria, and most probably to discuss a schedule of decoupling Europe from the American economic sanctions regime, and also how to deal with the disastrous American meddling in the Ukraine;
- Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks to his officers, stating clearly and unequivocally thet Russia intends to end the radical Islamicist movement ISIS in Syria, to protect CHristian and other minorities in the Levant, and that such groups were sponsored by Washington and Riyadh, which everyone knew, but which no world leader has yet stated so clearly and unequivocally
The fourth component, which I suggested yesterday, was Pope Francis I, or rather, the papacy, and Francis' recent, but all but forgotten statement, that Christians have the right of self-defense against radical Islam. The possible fifth component is a potential Chinese intervention in Syria as well, in response to an invitation from Mr. Assad to do so. In this respect, one needs to recall that Islamic terrorists have been at work in the far western provinces of that country too.
But what's the third component?
Over the past few weeks we've also been watching the United Kingdom very closely, and alluded to subtle messages coming from organs of that nation's oligarchical elite that have clearly indicated a growing measure of discontent with Washington. The United Kingdom, let us only recall, was one of the founding members, and is thus on the board, of China's Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. Of all the major economic and military powers of the world, only the USA and Japan declined to join. There have been two principal factors to my arguments and high octane speculations that Great Britain was perfected poised to exploit the growing disenchantment with the post-9/11 Washington regime: (1) Great Britain is the leader of the British Commonwealth, and if it plays its cards properly, could revive the soft power of culture that the Commonwealth represents. This of course, will require a subtle reversal of its own domestic policies vis-a-vis emigration during Europe's growing refugee crisis. But much more important, is the second factor: (2) Britain has a great deal to gain economically, financially, and industrially, from a collaboration with China and other Asian nations if it is willing to bury the long historical policy of trying to "keep China down", and cooperate more positively.
It appears that this, indeed, is in the cards, in this article shared by Mr. W.D.:
Britain, China eye stock connect, nuclear and rail deals
The first four paragraphs say it all, and I hope the reader appreciates the geopolitical-financial earthquake that this represents:
Britain and China agreed on Monday to a series of initiatives ranging from an expanded currency swap agreement, Chinese investment in British nuclear power, and a feasibility study for a scheme to connect the London and Shanghai stock markets.
Speaking on the second of a five day visit to China, finance minister George Osborne said Britain would be Beijing's "best partner in the West".
He said the recent market turmoil in China was no reason for Britain not to engage more deeply with the world's second-largest economy.
Osborne wants more Chinese investment in Britain, and has championed London's bid to become the dominant center for offshore yuan trading in Europe. He said connecting the London and Shanghai stock markets would benefit Britain in the long run.(All emphases added)
What struck me - well, to be honest, stunned me - were Finance Minister Osborne's statement that the U.K. would be "Beiking's best partner in the West," language which far just a micron short of saying that Britain and China would have a "special relationship," words usually applied to the relationship between the UK and USA that developed in the necessities of collaboration, rather than confrontation, during two world wars. Nor is the statement merely rhetorical, for reading between the lines of the first paragraph doesn't require much high octane speculation to see what might be happening: an "expanded currency swamp agreement" is simply code for the agreement on direct convertibility of currency bypassing the US dollar, an arrangement that would both be necessitated by, and facilitate, the connecting of the London and Shanghai stock markets.
If they're not getting the message in Washington or the American corporate media now, then they'll never get it. Ponder that, before you ponder voting for a socialist from Vermont, or for a poisonous plant from Florida, or a clueless Cuban-American senator spouting the party line about Putin, or for any of the other mediocrities you see on the stage of so-called "debates." The rest of the world is voting "no confidence," and it's easy to see why.
See you on the flip side...
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One question comes to mind. It’s the question I worked to answer since 1993 on and off the net. In 2001, the masks came off in broad daylight and the search got spurred.
How does one best protect oneself?
Clearly the pirates of the world are realigning and attacking each other in a newer world order than what most expected. Given that, what can the rest of us less piratical blades of grass do to maximize our chances for good?
What can a well (or at least better) read working stiff do to get out of the way of pirates changing course?
any help here is appreciated.
For myself, pirates aren’t a bad lot, as they were one of the first true democracies rebelling against a prison like system of working as a sailor under a dictatorial Captain in a floating prison. What they tried to create were political and legal system existing on basically an equal economic foundation where the pirates were free citizens, equal producers & consumers on a floating “commons[rating than an institutionalized floating prison], under a duly “elected” Captain that could be discharged by a vote on land, at any time.
What I’m suggesting, is that the answer is as old as “the commons”. The original Magna Carta was framed to bring it back from the neoliberal tyranny of the times: The Enclosure of the commons.
Basically they believed that intelligence is like water, air and fire – it cannot be bought and sold[against all neoliberal principles]. These four “commons” were meant to be shared in common.
In Shakespeare a Rebellion was referred to as if it were a disease rather than a Healthy Solution whose resolution could have lasting benefits such as a moral economy.
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On the British-Chinese kissy-face, I am curious how much of a memory the Chinese have. The British Empire robbed, raped, drugged, and humiliated China for over a century. The same families that ordered this are still in power.
Does China think that these families have somehow reformed? Or, will we see some form of ‘reverse humiliation’ and revenge being served cold?
(Perhaps Big Ben owned by the Chinese, or Rolls Royce being bought-up and production transferred to China? Possibilities abound…)
After watching “The Worricker Trilogy”, let there be no doubt that the London elites are watching every move by Washington. Let’s face it, Washington is now the laughing stock of the world, and the Syrian project just took a turn for the worse. The stiff upper lip UK elites consider them selves to be sub-rulers of the world, and the US is now bucking the system. We will only fully know London’s “view” if there is a substantial change in UK policy, and the UK referendum to leave the EU just might be the ticket to the exit door.
The problem is, does Washington have “an exit door” ????
The claxons are sounding all over the world and even the Brits are peeling away from an increasingly delusional, belligerent and alarmingly rudderless, decadent and out-of-control Washington, not wanting to be dragged down in the undertow, and are doing their own “pivot to Asia,” but with chequebook, not club, in hand.
If it’s one thing the City likes, it’s money, and it is following the scent of money wafting from the world’s second-largest economy down the Silk Road to the pot of gold.
Also, don’t forget that, after the Greek debacle, we may well see a Brexit after the UK referendum, and cozying up to China is only prudent strategic planning.
I have a question that I hope someone can answer, and it may be obvious to everyone else, but I don’t know how some of this stuff actually works. If the rest of the world separates their economies from off the dollar, does that hurt the US population and government more or the Federal Reserve? If the Federal Reserve is privately owned, then who pays the price for this change in financial dealings?
“Who pays the price for this change in financial dealings?” I suspect it will all be transferred to the American tax payer. Unless something has changed our Fed is mostly privately owned by the same owners of the City of London who are stabbing us in the back as they infiltrate the BRICS. More and more all this looks like the real take down and regime change is to be the United States of America. The only thing I disagree with most about most posts is that the US is behind all the world’s problems. We are carefully groomed and well trained attack dogs for the City of London who appear to have little use for us now and are thus engineering our dismantlement from within and on the global stage. Someone has to be the fall guy for all their crimes and our politicians seem stupid enough and greedy enough to play that role.
The riff raff of Britain in the CSA is about to be tossed over the rails. They have become a dangerous liability and must be dispose of as soon a possible. This what they get for being insufferable jerks.
Well, I guess we have an answer to the question of exactly how much psychopathic behavior the US needs to exhibit at home and abroad before the so-called leaders of the EU start to look for exit strategies from Empire. Reminiscent, in many ways, or rats leaving a sinking ship, perhaps.
Well, let’s say rats leaving a sinking PIRATE ship.
Question #2 for You – WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE NEW PRESIDENT, one that can be an “honest broker” for THE PEOPLE and not the Rockes-Morgans-Warburgs-Roths…and their mil-ind-pharma-biotech-police state NWO??
Two Things: Cahn explains tha the year of the Shemitah ends with a “great shaking out” of that which is, and usually has a political and economic component. As the Shemitah has just basically come to an end, we note the major stock market corrections–which still have a bond market component waiting to be adjusted–and then the political…that of almost ALL Nations shaking off the bindings of US Imperialism, as evidenced by China, Russia, India and Brazil moving back on a gold standard, as it were.
The year following the 7 cycle Shemitah, 49 years and of which this Shemitah is, is followed by the “Year of Jubilee.” We have just started this Jubilee year, as I understand it. The Jubilee Year, as Cahn explains, is a year that begins “New Alignments” and then a new expansion of prosperity that begins during the Jubilee year…it appears, then, that the “NEW ALIGNMENT” has been raising its head and show itself quite rapidly of late…as you point to often now in your posts/comments…
Even children understand how to handle a bully, and Washington is playing that part to a tee. Bullies soon run out of friends and everyone soon allies against them. Whoever is pulling the strings in Washington has lost touch with reality and is steering the world toward war from the ashes of which they hope to establish their one world government. This has been the recurring theme, they desire it above all else and will destroy the entire earth to achieve it.
Current events seem to be following the story line of a certain book, as if the story line were the actual plan. This does not end well for most of us.
How does that old Chinese proverb go ??? … “When the wind blows, the grass bends” …