The Trans-Atlantic system is dead, and a fundamental realignment towards the BRICS and Eurasia is now taking place among those nations which wish to survive. This is seen clearly in the maturing relationships between the nations of South America and China, following the crucial victory of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil which secured Brazil’s role as the South American leader of the BRICS. As Xi Jinping noted in his congratulations to Rousseff, the sustained and rapidly developing strategic partnership between China and Brazil is one of “mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation” in order to “jointly promote the development of the world order.”
Take an overview of the pace of developments in South America, presented in more detail below. Yesterday, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner spoke by telephone to Xi Jingping, reaffirming their strategic alliance and close bilateral economic cooperation, with Xi Jingping extending to Kirchner an invitation to visit China soon. Mexico announced yesterday that it was awarding a contract to build Mexico’s first high-speed rail line to the China Railway Construction Company (CRCC), as opposed to Germany’s Siemens or France’s Alstom. This only compounds the news that German manufacturing exports to Russia, as a result of the sanctions, are 26.3% lower than August of last year, resulting in an overall drop of 27.3% in auto sales since January, and 17.2% in machine exports. A German publication Telepolis is stating that the Western strategy of containment against both Russia and China is now backfiring, and that the SCO and BRICS processes are extremely significant and must be taken very seriously, along with a similar process of economic and strategic realignment occurring in South America with Mercosur and ALBA. China has intensified its criticism of the United States over its Cuba policy, accusing the US of violating the UN Charter by keeping the 50-year old embargo against Cuba in place — while Cuba has ironically offered the United States it assistance in combating the Ebola epidemic. And the newly reelected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, appeared at the Vatican with Pope Francis at the International Meeting of Popular Movements sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, where he was warmly welcomed with a rousing ovation, speaking about the need to end world hunger and stressing the need for developing countries to develop their technological and scientific capabilities. The Pope joined Morales, calling on the participants in the conference to “confront the destructive effects of the Empire of money… the idolatrous cult of money” in which the poor are considered throwaways “when the center of the economic system is the money-god, and not man.” Pope Francis asserted, “The center of every social and economic system must be the human being, the image of God, created to dominate the universe.” He called on the poor not be victims, but to be protagonists, to protest, and he stated that he would join them in that struggle, guided by the Christian doctrine of the Beatitudes which he described as “a guide to action, a program that we could say is revolutionary.”
Meanwhile, China has announced that it intends to make the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Asian Infrastructure Bank central items on the agenda of the upcoming APEC summit in November, which will be hosted in Beijing. The new paradigm has clearly arrived and is here to stay; it is now requisite for other nations, including the United States, to make the decision to join this new international order, or to continue to be destructive tools for a dying imperial system which now threatens mankind with war, famine, and plague.