Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The end of US hegemony, the BRICS are here

As it has been said multiple times before, China and Russia along with the rest of the BRICS countries are working closer together. The recent launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has given China in particular a special boast to its international image. It is seen as the go get it country across Africa and in Asia not to mention the Americas. The AIIB is meant to rival the likes of IMF or World Bank. At 57 founding members, it has not only attracted a Pan Asian countries but also Western countries ie Germany, Australia and even Israel. The United States is still holding out on possibly joining the AIIB. The U.S. has a long history of being weary of China's soft foreign policy approach to the world which emphasises infrastructure, economic and financial development without the additional strings attracted ie switching a whole government to a Democratic bases or swalling the neoliberal pill to jumpstart a non capitalist economy. Chinese foreign policy remains hands off in internal governmental affairs of its friends and allies. Despite ignoring the internal politics of its allies, Chinese weapons and military expertise has been flowing into the internal conflicts and rebel movements of its staunch allies: Sudan. On the other end, Chinese investment in road construction and transports in African/Asian countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Angola and Pakistan has cemented these respective countries' pro-China defenses at the UN.

About Russia and trade

Meanwhile, Russia is also making its rounds across Asia and budding up to some African leaders and even Western leaders among them Alexis Tsipras, needing help with an economically strained Greece. The United States continues to grind its teeth over China and Russia's success in balancing their economies and having friends in high places to aid in their international prestige. China is technically the world's largest economy. The Chinese economy over took the U.S. in late 2014 but the U.S. still insists that it is the world's hegemonic economy and that the world couldn't survive without it. China and Russia along with India and South Africa are not slowing down in their diplomatic outreach and economic partnerships. Cultural exchanges are occurring between the BRICS. The Silk Road has been revived as a modern day trade route and economic link meant to boost both Central Asia and Middle East alongside China and India's ebbing but stable economies. The AIIB is appealing to many countries and serves as an inspiration for many regional investment banks ie a Pan African bank for Africa and Mercosur, the regional financial group for South America.

To Space with gravitas and technological innovations

The art of Space: The Legendary Pillars of Creation as seen by Hubble in 1995 enhanced some 10 years later

India is determined to be the next technological hub of innovation and has attempted to jump start local technological innovations by local entrepreneurs. China has launched and is currently working on producing locally made next generation phones, medical machines, search engines, 4D televisions and other high definition machines to rival and overtake the United States' current dominance in the innovative technology fields. It's been done by before. Chinese manufacturers continue to compete with their Japanese neighbors to build larger and better bullet trains which Japan has been known going back 50 years. Russia is simultaneously improving its head start in space technology and travel by keeping a near annual astronaut team orbiting Earth at the International Space Station. The United States may have landed men on the moon and is considering launching NASA made flying "saucers" to test new energy efficient rockets and other solar powered space probes to far distance planets. However, Russian Space Agency still edges out NASA when it comes to manned missions to ISS and has kept up with new technologies for space exploration. All of which are locally made in Russia including the rockets that send American and other international astronauts to the ISS. The ISS is regarded as Russian domain. Nevertheless, Russia and the United States will be working together (if a round of political tennis doesn't get in the way) in building a new international space station in 2024. The U.S. is renewing interest among the American public in space travel and exploration. China and India are slowly getting into space exploration as well. Both countries sent probes to Mars in 2014 and are building up their respective, infant space agencies and plan to send astronauts into space in the near future. All countries are looking at Mars as the next neighbor to send humans too. Now the United Arab Emirates is also racing to join the growing list of countries sending probes and manned missions to Mars and space.

Afrisynergy News analyzes the recent military and economic tag between the U.S., China and Russia over the recent lightening pace building of a military base in the Spartly Islands and China's regional arm flexing in Asia its backyard. Enjoy.

Afrisynergy News: A U.S. That is in Trouble in Economically and Military 1

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