With a population of 779,000, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, is currently hosting the 13th annual summit of heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
¨Current members of the organization are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan while India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia are due to become a full member at the summit by upgrading their “observer member” status.¨ (1)
LPAC – A two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convenes in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Sept. 11, where Russia and China and their Central Asian neighbors Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, joined by soon-to-be full members Pakistan, India, and Iran, as well as other, observer nations, will discuss deepening their economic and security ties. (…)
Several smaller summits will take place around the Dushanbe summit, as occurred at the BRICS summit in Forteleza, Brazil, last July. These include the first-ever Russia-China-Mongolia talks, where plans for cross-border railway corridors and a possible regional power grid are on the agenda; a meeting between the Russian and Iranian presidents to discuss expanding trade and economic ties in areas ranging from peaceful use of nuclear energy to supplies of Russian equipment for Iran’s oil and gas sectors; and Chinese President Xi-Jinping’s first state visit to Tajikstan, in which he and Tajik President Rakhmon will attend the start-of-construction ceremony for the China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline, among other talks. (2)
The BRICS and The SCOPublished on Jul 16, 2012
by James Corbett
November 22, 2011
When The Shanghai Five held its first presidential summit in China in 1996, this innocuous group hardly registered as a blip on the geopolitical radar. Within just five years, however, the loose-knit cooperative organization of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan was already attracting the attention of some of the premier globalist institutions as a potential opponent to Western imperial hegemony.
In May of 2001, then Brookings Institute Director Bates Gill wrote an op-ed entitled “Shanghai Five: An Attempt to Counter U.S. Influence in Asia?” which openly frets about the group’s growing clout. In one particularly prescient passage for our post-Libyan era, Gill highlights a statement from the group’s 2000 summit declaration proclaiming the five partners will “oppose intervention in other countries’ internal affairs on the pretexts of ‘humanitarianism’ and ‘protecting human rights;’ and support the efforts of one another in safeguarding the five countries’ national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and social stability.”
Gill finishes his op-ed by noting that efforts to establish “security-related mechanisms without the participation of the United States” is “a trend worth watching.”
Gill’s concerns for the future of a NATO-led monopolar world proved well founded; within one month of of penning his article, the five countries convened their annual summit in Shanghai where they admitted the body’s sixth member, Uzbekistan, and signed the Declaration of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. In June of 2002, just eight months after NATO began its invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, an occupation that continues to the present day, the leaders met in Saint Petersburg to sign the SCO charter.
Although not many of Gill’s peers were likely to have seen the importance of this event with the clarity that Gill himself did, from these inauspicious beginnings emerged an economic, cultural and military alliance which is now threatening to become a serious contender for control over one of the most geostrategically important areas of the globe. This region, which arch-globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski referred to as “The Eurasian Balkans” in his infamous 1997 opus, The Grand Chessboard, encompass portions of Southeastern Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.
In his book, Brzezinski wrote that this region is “of importance from the standpoint of security and historical ambitions to at least three of their most immediate and more powerful neighbors, namely, Russia, Turkey, and Iran, with China also signaling an increasing political interest in the region. But, he continued, “the Eurasian Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold.”
Significantly it is this very region–which boasts not only the vast resource and mineral wealth alluded to by Brzezinski but a geostrategically vital location providing all of the key access points to the increasingly important Caspian gas pipelines–where we can find four of the SCO’s founding members, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and one of its guest attendees, Turkmenistan.
Earlier this month I had the chance to talk to Pepe Escobar, reporter for the Asia Times Online and author of several books, including most recently Obama Does Globalistan, about the organization, its interest in this important Eurasian region, and the potential threat that it poses to the Washington-led NATO interests that desire control over the same area.
As tensions begin to mount between this would-be NATO counterbalance and the NATO countries themselves, some posit that we have already seen the beginnings of what could be the future of military aggression between the two power blocs: a Cold War-like series of proxy conflicts in countries away from the center of contention. This may in fact have already happened in Libya.
For years, a series of increasingly hysterical reports have fretted over the growing influence of China in Africa, with reports filed at the beginning of the year announcing in ominous tones that the Sino-African trade was set to surpass $110 billion this year. Much of the focus has fallen on cooperative Sino-African projects and bodies like the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, a meeting of regional leaders highlighting economic, development and security ties between the two blocs.
The meeting was hosted in 2009 by Hosni Mubarak, who spoke of the “need to consolidate cooperation at both bilateral and continental levels to back African efforts to establish peace and security across the continent” just one year before being ousted by a supposed people power’s coup that was openly supported by US officials and diplomats. Talk of Chinese cooperation in securing peace on the African continent posed such a threat that in recent years the US had been pressuring African nations to join AFRICOM, a central command for Africa established in the wake of China’s establishment of the FOCAC. AFRICOM encouraged joint training exercises with Mali, Chad, Niger, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Zambia, Uganda, Senegal, Mozambique, Ghana, Malawi and Mauritania. Libya had been a notable holdout on AFRICOM, and significantly the New York Times ran an article shortly after the NATO-led bombing of the country began touting AFRICOM’s important role in the decimation of the country.
If the bombing of Libya is an ominous sign of things to come in the new geopolitical paradigm, there are even darker clouds on the horizon as tensions flare up between key SCO members Russia and China and other of the region’s hotspots, including Syria and Iran. Now, NATO intervention in Afghanistan and US intervention in Iraq seems to be reorganizing relations in the region and causing some very strange bedfellows.
Both Pakistan and India, traditionally mortal enemies, are observer states in the SCO, and both are now in the process of attaining full membership.
Earlier this month, I had the chance to talk to investigative journalist Wayne Madsen about the development of the SCO, and the very strange political bedfellows that are being driven together out of fear of further NATO aggressions.
14 years ago, globalist insider Zbigniew Brzezinski began his key work on the geopolitics of the 21st century by noting that “Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power.” He admonished the world leaders and global power players who constitute his real readership that “any successful American policy must focus on Eurasia as a whole and be guided by a Geostrategic design.”
Now with the creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its increasing role in the formation of economic, political and even military cooperation in the region, we see the formation of a new power bloc, one that is not within the purview of the NATO powers and threatens western sovereignty over this vastly important region. In the coming years, this tension is only likely to increase, as both sides become more entrenched, and more desperate to attain control over the area before the major pipelines from the Caspian basin come online and start hardwiring the political landscape for the benefit of certain players.
And ultimately, once again it seems that it is the average citizen who will pay the greatest price in this struggle for imperial conquest, as just as in Libya, the people become little more than expendable pawns on the grand chessboard of global domination. (3) (emphasis added)
PressTV – The Debate (2013) – Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) significancePublished on Sep 13, 2013
Corbett – The EyeOpener – Meet the Shanghai Cooperation OrganizationNovember 22, 2011
“In about 2008-09, it seemed like SCO went dark. But it didn’t stop…I believe that Russia and China made a decision to keep the SCO movement going but keep quiet about it. What they started to do was develop the non-dollar mechanisms for trade settlement. You started to see China announce with Brazil that they were going to do trade with the Real and the Yuan–no more U.S. dollars. Then you started seeing other facilities opening up like China and Russia announcing their trading will no longer be in the dollar.” “They’re working to develop the arteries of a financial system that is not dollar-centric.” (4)
excerpt from The USDollar Paper Tiger,
by Jim Willie
January 12, 2012
During the 2002 to 2005 period, the Shanghai Cooperative Organization aroused a considerable amount of publicity. It was originally a cultural exchange group between Russia and China, led by the surviving republics of the Soviet Union. Its agenda grew to include security matters. Then later still, commercial trade and commodity supply entered the picture, as the resource rich nations lacking in economic development banded together. The added twist was the inclusion as guest SCO members such nations as renegade Venezuela, Iran, and others. The SCO defiance began to escalate right about when the organization faded from view. It never faded away, only from view, as it coalesced into a powerful movement behind the scenes. SCO became a hidden movement to build fortifications in opposition to the USDollar. Its main thrust has been gold accumulation in the shadows.
The key to comprehension on SCO matters is to realize that all countries in the Shanghai Coop are working vigorously to bypass the USDollar, and all are increasing their gold reserves. They work in much more secrecy, probably at the direction of Kremlin and Beijing leaders. They have learned that avoiding direct confrontation and sanctions is the path to take. The proposal to end usage of the USDollar in bilateral Russian-Iran tade came from Moscow, not Tehran. One can be absolutely certain that Kremlin leaders are as stiff spined as they are motivated to challenge the USGovt and Wall Street leadership. They remember all too well the Yeltsin years and the Western oil company role. The proposal to switch to the Russian Ruble and the Iranian Rial was raised by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a meeting in Kazakhstan. It was staged without herald as an continuance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Iran has replaced the USDollar in its oil trade with India, China, and Japan. At the cusp of developments is a potential deal that could bring an important linkage between crude oil and commodity trade settlement outside the USDollar, with provision for funding the European bank rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility. The concept was raised by the intrepid indefatigable Tyler Durden (bloodied but resilient) of the Zero Hedge crew. The bypass of the USDollar in trade is likely soon to be engrained in the financial system. The American trumpets continue to promote the notion that all global trade is done in US$ terms, when the reality is far different, and the trend is in the opposite direction, as in global revolt. (5) (emphasis added)
LPAC (September 11, 2014) – ¨The BRICS nations continue to thwart the attempts at crippling financial sanctions directed at Russia, from the actually crippled London- and Wall Street-centered trans-Atlantic financial system. While other anti-Russia sanctions have boomeranged in particular against the EU economies, UK and U.S. Treasury experts have continually spoken boastfully of “the atomic weapon of financial warfare,” cutting Russia’s banking system off from the global interbank payments system known as SWIFT, Secure Worldwide International Financial Telecommunications. Now, in a visit of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov to Beijing, China and Russia are creating an alternative to SWIFT, as reported in Reuters, ITAR-TASS, and other media. The alternative, for now, is Russian banks using China’s own UnionPay interbank transfer system. (…) Since then, these steps have been developed between Russia and China in parallel with another vital step taken within the BRICS and certain other countries attracted to the development policies of China in particular: exchanging currency swaps between central banks to support settling trade with Russian rubles, Chinese yuan, Indian rupiahs, etc.¨ (2)
There is a massive movement basically towards three countries . . . Russia . . . China . . . and India. So, if you figure the world produces no more than 2,200 tons of gold per year, excluding China and Russia, more than 100% of that gold is going to those countries.” Organ goes on to say, “I doubt very much if the United States has one ounce of gold left.” (6)
Harvey Organ – By December Whole Thing Going to CollapseGreg Hunter – September 9, 2014
Aug 24, 2014 – Largest ever military drills with Russia, China & other SCO nations
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