by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted
SAMARKAND – Interconnecting Inner Eurasia is an exercise in Taoist equilibrium: adding piece by piece, patiently, to a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. It takes time, skill, vision, and of course major breakthroughs.
A key piece was added to the puzzle recently in Uzbekistan, bolstering the links between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC).
The Mirzoyoyev government in Tashkent is deeply engaged in turbo-driving yet another Central Asian transportation corridor: a China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan railway.
That was at the center of a meeting between the chairman of the board of Temir Yullari – the Uzbek national railways – and his counterparts in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, as well as managers of the Chinese Wakhan Corridor logistics company.
In terms of the complex intersection of Xinjiang with Central and South Asia, this is as groundbreaking as it gets, as part of what I call the War of Economic Corridors.
The Uzbeks have pragmatically spun the new corridor as essential to cargo transport under low tariffs – but that goes way beyond mere trade calculations.
Imagine, in practice, cargo containers coming by train from Kashgar in Xinjiang to Osh in Kyrgyzstan and then to Hairatan in Afghanistan. Annual volume is planned to reach 60,000 containers in the first year alone.
That would be crucial to develop Afghanistan’s productive trade – away from the “aid” obsession of the US occupation. Afghan products will finally be able to be easily exported to Central Asian neighbors and also China, for instance to the bustling Kashgar market.
And that stabilizing factor would bolster the Taliban’s coffers, now that the leadership in Kabul is very much interested in buying Russian oil, gas and wheat under vastly attractive discounts.
How to get Afghanistan back in the game
There’s also the possibility of spinning off a road project from this railway that would cross the ultra-strategic Wakhan corridor – something that Beijing has already been contemplating for a few years.
The Wakhan is shared by northern Afghanistan and the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan: a long, barren, spectacular geological strip, advancing all the way to Xinjiang.
By now it’s clear not only to Kabul, but also to members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), that the humiliated Americans will not restitute the billions of dollars ‘confiscated’ from the Afghan Central Bank’s reserves – something that would at least mitigate Afghanistan’s current, dire economic crisis and imminent mass famine.
So Plan B is to bolster the – for the moment devastated – Afghan supply and trade chains. Russia will be in charge of security for the whole Central-South Asian crossroads. China will provide the bulk of the financing. And that’s where the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan railway fits in.
China sees a road across the Wakhan – a very complicated proposition – as an extra BRI corridor, linking to the China-repaved Pamir highway in Tajikistan and China-rebuilt Kyrgyzstan roads.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has already built an 80 km access road from the Chinese stretch of the Karakoram Highway – before it reaches the Pakistan border – to a mountain pass in the Wakhan, currently only available for cars and jeeps.
The next Chinese move would be to proceed further on down that road by 450 km, all the way to Fayzabad, the provincial capital of Afghan Badakhshan. That would constitute the roadside back-up corridor to the China-Central Asia-Afghanistan railway.
The key point is that the Chinese, as much as the Uzbeks, fully understand the extremely strategic location of Afghanistan: not only as a Central/South Asian crossroads, connecting to key ocean ports in Pakistan and Iran (Karachi, Gwadar, Chabahar) and to the Caspian Sea via Turkmenistan, but also helping landlocked Uzbekistan to connect to markets in South Asia.
That’s all part of the BRI corridor maze; and at the same time interlocks with the INSTC because of the key role of Iran (itself increasingly linked with Russia).
Tehran is already engaged in building a railway to Herat, in western Afghanistan (it already rebuilt the road). Then we will have Afghanistan inbuilt in both BRI (as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, CPEC) and the INSTC, giving momentum to yet another project: a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway, to be linked to Iran and thus the INSTC.
From the Karakoram to Pakafuz
The Karakoram highway – the northern part of which was rebuilt by the Chinese – may sooner or later get a railway sister. The Chinese have been thinking about it since 2014.
By 2016, a railway from the China-Pakistan border to Gilgit, in the northern areas and then further down to Peshawar, was enshrined as part of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) blueprint. But then nothing happened: the railway is not included in the 2017-2030 CPEC Long Term Plan.
That may eventually happen in the next decade: the engineering and logistics are an enormous challenge, as they were for the building of the Karakoram highway.
And then there’s the “follow the money” angle. The top two Chinese banks financing BRI – and thus CPEC – projects are the China Development Bank and the Export Import Bank. Even before Covid they were already toning down their loans. And with Covid, they now have to balance foreign projects with domestic loans for the Chinese economy.
The connectivity priority instead shifted to the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan (Pakafuz) railway.
The key stretch of Pakafuz links Peshawar (the capital of the tribal areas) to Kabul. When it’s finished, we’ll see Pakafuz directly interacting with the upcoming China-Central Asia-Afghanistan railway: a new BRI maze directly connected with the INSTC.
All of the above developments reveal their true complexity when we see they are simultaneously inserted into the interaction of BRI and the INSTC and the harmonization between BRI and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU).
Essentially, in geopolitical and geoeconomic terms, the relation between BRI and EAEU projects allows Russia and China to cooperate across Eurasia while avoiding a race to reach a dominant position in the Heartland.
For instance, both Beijing and Moscow agree on the supreme need to stabilize Afghanistan and help it to run a sustainable economy.
In parallel, some important BRI members – like Uzbekistan – are not members of the EAEU, but that is compensated by their membership in the SCO. At the same time, the BRI-EAEU entente facilitates economic cooperation between EAEU members such as Kyrgyzstan and China.
Beijing de facto got full approval from Moscow to invest in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, all EAEU members. A future currency or basket of currencies bypassing the US dollar is being jointly discussed between the EAEU – led by Sergei Glazyev – and China.
China focuses on Central/West Asia
There’s no question that the proxy war in Ukraine between the US and Russia has been creating serious problems for BRI expansion. After all, the US war on Russia is also a war against BRI.
The top three BRI corridors from Xinjiang to Europe are the New Eurasian Land Bridge, the China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor, and the China-Russia-Mongolia Economic Corridor.
The New Eurasian Land Bridge uses the Trans-Siberian and a second link through Xinjiang-Kazakhstan (via the dry land port of Khorgos) and then Russia. The corridor via Mongolia is in fact two corridors: one from Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei to Inner Mongolia and then Russia; and the other from Dalian and Shenyang and then to Chita in Russia, near the Chinese border.
As it stands, the Chinese are not using Land Bridge and the Mongolian corridor as much as before, mainly because of western sanctions on Russia. The current BRI emphasis is via Central Asia and West Asia, with one branch then bisecting toward the Persian Gulf and on the Mediterranean.
And this is where we see another – highly complex – level of intersection quickly developing: how the increasing importance for China of Central Asia and West Asia mixes with the increasing importance of the INSTC for both Russia and Iran in their trade with India.
Call it the friendly vector of the War of Transportation Corridors.
The hardcore vector – real war – is already being deployed by the usual suspects. They are predictably bent on destabilizing and/or smashing any node of BRI/INSTC/EAEU/SCO Eurasia integration, by any means necessary: be it in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Balochistan, the Central Asian “stans” or Xinjiang.
As far as the major Eurasian actors are concerned, that’s bound to be an Anglo-American train to nowhere.
This article really needs maps
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I am fascinated by that place marked “Kashi” (possibly derived from Kasi) – is that the Chinese name for Kashgar? Does anyone know the origins of the name Kashgar, does it come from Kasi? Kasi is a historical city in India, and like many other historical Indian cities its name is ubiquitous throughout territories historically connected with India. Kashgar is, of course, bang on the old silk road.
Not absolutely sure, but I’d guess that Kashi would be a Sanskritised form of Kasi. Kashgar could then be Kashi with local suffix.
Googleearth gives a bird’s eye view of Pepe’s article.
If you really want a birdseye view of these locations there are some very interesting vids on YouTube. A lot of adventurers do treks through these central Asian countries and the Pamir highway, which takes you right through these central Asian locations.
It’s seems to be a popular trek for cyclists.
Amazing countries. Totally untouched, so I really hope these trade routes don’t interfere too much with the culture.
Brilliant article. Thanks Pepe. Very exciting developments.
I’ve been saying for over 10 years now that all these wars are the battle for Eurasia.
I wonder what the gauge of all these new rail lines is to be. Russia uses a broad gauge of 1 524 mm, whereas European railways use what is usually termed standard gauge, 1 435 mm.
Hopefully broad gauge … it has technical advantages .. better stability and that allows slightly higher speeds… which ends up meaning greater throughput and capacity.
Shoigu’s remarks at the Moscow Conference on International Security:
“The role of the military in building trust between countries is an important element in the search for political solutions. We expect that the Moscow conference will be one of the rallying points for the stabilisation of the situation in the Near East.
“After the rapid withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan, the situation in the Central Asian region remains extremely tense. Afghanistan’s new leadership faces serious military and economic challenges. The legacy of two decades of alliance troop presence is a disappointing one. As a result, there remains a high level of terrorist danger in the region.
“The security problems of Central Asia can only be solved by coordinated action by all the countries and international organisations concerned. For our part, we will continue to support our Collective Security Treaty Organisation allies in enhancing the capabilities of national armed forces.
“It is important to keep the topic of Afghanistan on the agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation discussions. Russia, China, India, Iran and Pakistan together could make a significant contribution not only to stabilising the region, but also to preventing the threat from spreading beyond its borders.”
Thus, Russia’s military with CSTO and SCO will be the policemen of Eurasia. They are aware of and atop the destabilization chaos-making, the color revolutions, the sanctions enforcements and all the hegemonic efforts to stop Russia and China, Iran and India and all the other nations large and small to create new markets and peaceful development.
Watch Afghanistan and the Taliban as they engage with Russia for gas, oil, nuclear energy and wheat. The US will unleash ISIS-K, AQ elements and whoever they can bribe to use terror against the Taliban government. The US military may be gone, but they have plenty of CIA and Mi6 assets and officers in place within the vast borders of Afghanistan.
The long war is far from over as the US attempts to contain China, limit Pakistan, suffocate Iran and endanger Russia.
“The US will unleash ISIS-K, AQ elements and whoever they can bribe to use terror against the Taliban government. The US military may be gone, but they have plenty of CIA and Mi6 assets and officers in place within the vast borders of Afghanistan.”
That is the issue I wonder about. There is increasing diminishing return as life-force ebbs from the Anglo-Zionists laboring under imperial overstretch and without boots on the ground. The Kazakh counter-coup and counter-insurgency by CSTO/Kazakhs was masterful and a template. Every single day, they lose mojo due to the Ukraine and defiance all over the world through 1,000 little cuts. What happened to last set of British officers who decided to play unsupported games deep among the Afghans? One was permitted back out to tell the tale. I think the Op Z / Wagner template will expand throughout Asia and Africa and flush out and grind these foreign provocateurs and mercs.. The French hightailed it outta Mali. The World Island will grind and spit them out..
The issue is mindwashed Generals in Pakistan, Uganda, Jordan, etc… captive to emasculating compradore culture cultivated over centuries.
I think Pepe may be right (“How a missile in Kabul connects to a Speaker in Taipei”) – 2 weeks ago was a highly symbolic moment, of transitioning from counter-insurgency GWOT with the fake Kabul strike, back to state-on-state when Pelosi crossed the Rubicon. And here again they lack conventional wherewithal! Grim for 5-Eyes. Truly desperate times for them. They will plunge deeper into the Meta.
Even their main fig leaf of Europe is decomposing; the International Community may be reduced to Oceania this time next year. Nature joins war on Europe alongside Operation Z. Forget fuel, grains, sovereignty, war, etc.. No water = no life. A perfect Typhoon arrives. A gentle Nudge from the Cosmos? (a wise old man prefers whispers.. afore rocks) Wither the captive squabbling tribes of Europa? Cruel Shepherds steer them off to which direction?
This is beyond a farce.
Pepe says: “As it stands, the Chinese are not using Land Bridge and the Mongolian corridor as much as before, mainly because of western sanctions on Russia.” This timidity should soon end, especially after Pelosi. And if Chinese do not work up the courage, the crazies should escalate soon and give them no choice.
Quetzlcoatl: there are some useful maps here.
Excellent! Thanks. I hope it works out just as you say. But don’t forget that USUKisrael has been splitting Asia, with some success over the decades. They’ll stop at nothing.
I’m not sure that a loving (Abrahamic) God would willingly harm His own people in any way. Sometimes I wonder which God the commentators refer to, because if I’m not mistaken tying natural climactic events to the wrath of an angry God, karma, etc. is witchcraft.
And moreover, to play devil’s advocate, wouldn’t there be a similar heatwave in USAian soil since they’re the ones pulling the strings from the comforts of two whole oceans?
Likewise, if a similar heatwave were to happen to Russia, what would one interpret this as? Or is it a one-way street?
There _is_ a drought in america.
California is burning. So is British Columbia. The usa federal government has stepped in to reduce water allocatiions from the drought-diminished Colorado River.
Agricorps have been, slowly, quietly, moving northward into Canada. The same corporations and speculators who are secretly buying Ukrainian Stepp lands.
NAFTA, 3 decades ago, insisted that americans must be allowed to buy Canadian water and hydro-electricity … unencumbered by any policy which dares to serve Canadians first.
Articles are beginning to appear, describing how northern usa and Southern Canadian lakes and rivers are already too warm. Eutropification, blue-green algae, temperature-sensitive species “failing to thrive”. (That is what they say when newborn babies waste away and die.)
Predictions are that the american drought will spread and intensify.
Australian temperatures, and deserts, and forestfires have been growing for decades.
China also has droughts. And high temperatures : 40C+. I have even read occasional Chinese articles which question, briefly, in passing, the great project to canal water northward, from Xizang glaciers, to Chang Jiang and Huang He. China is, now, as you read this, rechecking plans to divert electricity from the north, to power airconditioners in the south.
The western God is not punishing Europe. He is smiting everybody living in temperate zones.
Witchcraft is literally power trading with demons. The Lord can perfectly provoke extreme natural phenomena such as the Flood, droughts and earthquakes as the Bible illustrates.
As for “Abrahamic” religions, we Catholics solemnly believe that our faith comes from the LIVING GOD, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, not from a man, even if his name is Abraham.
What about the God of other religions? What do you have to say about that as a “Catholic” – assuming you are one?
“A future currency or basket of currencies bypassing the US dollar is being jointly discussed…”
This is the heart of the matter, isn’t it? We’re speculating about things that might happen in the future, not analyzing change that has already happened. The most important interconnectivity of all is between Chinese elites and US elites (or the Zone A globalist fascists more generally).
For decades now, most parties at the ruling class level have viewed interconnectivity as a win-win. At some point, will China as a sovereign nation-state oppose the transnational imperial forces instead of collaborating with them? Perhaps? Who knows? Only the leadership of the CCP knows, and they don’t even share their high-level vision publicly, never mind any kind of actionable implementation plan or time table.
Knowledge about arrest warrants of various globalist oligarchs and decoupling from globalist systems (IMF, BIS, SWIFT, UN, WHO, IP law, etc.) and so forth is what will complete the puzzle. Until then, talk of financing in specific areas like infrastructure remains fundamentally a derivative of the US dollar (or more generally, the collection of various national fiat currencies and related financial systems used by transnational individuals and organizations for various purposes).
What % of “BRI/INSTC/EAEU/SCO Eurasia integration” is conducted in the US$? What is the payment breakdown of this integration by national (元₽ …) & private currencies ($€£…)? The answer to these questions will reveal reality. Any connectivity without proper national currencies leads to control by the Private Financial Empire.
Russia is challenging the Private Financial Empire Bloc led by the US$ Hegemony through a world block of anti-U$ hegemony. Vladimir Putin is playing the long game strategically. Control over eastern and southern Ukraine and its Black Sea shoreline could greatly assist the birth of a new multipolar world order centered on an economically integrated Eurasia, along with move towards trading in respective national currencies. Go BRICS!
The Private Financial Empire wants to take over and control Ukraine’s resources and exploit its labour force to the maximum in order to boost the profitability of both Ukraine’s domestic oligarchs and foreign multi-nationals. However, Russian forces have gained control of at least $12.4 trillion worth of Ukraine’s resources in energy (cola), metals and mineral deposits, apart from agricultural land. If Putin’s forces succeed in annexing Ukrainian land seized during Russia’s invasion, Ukraine would permanently lose almost two-thirds of its deposits. Moscow now controls 63% of Ukraine’s coal deposits, 11% of its oil, 20% of its natural gas, 42% of its metals, and 33% of its rare earths.
The unipolar order has ended. A multilateral order is taking shape and will accelerate as nations move away from the Euro$ system. Fyi, petrodollars are part of this Euro$ system, which will come down like avalanche. The sooner Non-$ Bloc moves away from this system the better isolated and strategically positioned it will be for the future.
An interesting article for data and various perspectives purpose…
Thanks, Pepe, as always, I was looking forward to an article that disentangles the Eurasian maze in what you call the “War of Transportation Corridors,” a much better term than my suggested “railwaysistan.” :-)
“Essentially, in geopolitical and geoeconomic terms, the relation between BRI and EAEU projects allows Russia and China to cooperate across Eurasia while avoiding a race to reach a dominant position in the Heartland.
It appears the Eurasian interconnectivity corridors developing across the heartland are as much a projection of economic and political power, as they are the result of collaboration between the preeminent powers, i.e., Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, and lesser powers. These maze of corridors are also a reflection of another maze, that of the interconnected powers via coalescing security, economic, and political organizations crisscrossing the heartland, SCO, CSTO, EAEU, BRI, etc.
These countries are pioneering a new paradigm in political diplomacy, that of a competitive collaboration, a complementary balancing of each other needs, an inclusive approach to relations in which everybody wins. Russia is realizing in Eurasia the frustrated dream of a security arch from “Lisbon to Vladivostok” enunciated by Putin. Nations need peace to develop and grow, and for the US, war is another form of subjection and domination. US/Israel wars in the ME and other regions are their favorite tool to set those affected countries several decades back in their development.
Hence the need for security umbrellas, e.g. CSTO, SCO, which remain on alert and ready to nip in the bud color revolutions, coup d’etat, and multiple other forms on intervention in the internal affairs of those countries who challenge the supranational elites, either by choosing an independent path, or by associating with countries other than the corrupt Collective West.
As for those asking for a map, do your homework.
Pepe is not here to homeschool anyone, his articles are a ramp to enter an information superhighway on the Eurasian Heartland.
Yes its best if the rest of the world just moved away from the West…reduce its dealings with the one percentage that runs that show.
Maybe the Western populace will awaken from the zombie like trance they are in and realize that their world has gone.
This will probably start to happen to Britain, 10.1 percentage inflation and they are not even in winter yet when energy and food prices will soar.
The Americans can hear their cash registers now…ka-ching, ka-ching!
10 percent is kind of a lie. Since 2 years ago food and gas prices have more than doubled along with most other commodities. My wife was keeping exact track of those prices 2 years ago and that is what recent accounting has revealed for us. Our hybrid electric car saves us a lot. We got it 3 years ago used., low milage, and at a very good price.
They have nice plans and let’s hope that they will build the majority of this.
And now a short look at the EU. In my country Slovenia we are renovating railways which exists for more than a century. During renovation we don’t shorten the track to improve the speed because we don’t have any prepared plans for this. Plans need years but renovation is mostly urgent. We have some green agenda but nothing is done to radically improve personal rail transportation. In this five year European perspective we’ve got a lot of Eu funds for intercity bike lanes. One example is Ljubljana Kamnik bike line. The distance between the cities is 22km. State minister and local mayors are constantly telling that this lane would be for daily commuting with bike. We also have a railway between this cities but everything is almost the same in the last 30 years including schedule. This long distance bike lanes are good for recreation, for safe cycling of children with parents, for walking, but not for daily cycling to work 15 or 20 km away. We have fog, snow, cold and dark weather every winter. We also have 2 times more rain than London for example. Cycling to work is fine in nice weather, which is a few months of a year. Public transportation is the right solution. Cycling is an excuse for not doing anything more expensive with railways. Public transportation is for old and young, for disabled and for bad weather. Otherwise most of the good weather cyclists are in their cars and packed on public transportation which has not enough capacity for bad weather.
Europe which was first in railways now propagate strange ideas instead of modernizing their vastly railway network. Other countries are slowly but steadily going forward in all aspects of infrastructure. And we are expected to ride a bike at 5.30 am and -5 degree C for 20km in a foggy dark morning.
Not so quick. CPEC is going to get iced pretty soon. Qamar Bajwa is getting interviewed in DC as we speak. Officially he’s there hat in hand to meet IMF
His first two assignments as PM will be opening up Pakistan airspace for US and shutting down CPEC. This putting the poodle Shabbaz is just an intermediate step
China should have known or at least realized the Pakistan elite wipe the boots of the western elite and so want to be accepted by them. Till the army, ISI are liquidated by a mullah, the country cannot be relied
I hope the new multilateral world order will do away with the “future’s’ markets where the parasites manipulated, speculated, and made insane amount of profits.
Here are the major differences between the two financial systems:
Private Empire’s Financial System Characteristics (Hegemon):
Private money, privitization, securitization, financialization, speculation, financial spot market/futures/derivatives, volatility, complexity, ambiguity,…
Sovereign Financial/Trading System of Multilateralism :
Sovereign (Public) money, interconnected sovereign platforms, long term contracts with stability, predictability, simplicity, efficiency, agility,… China, Russia,.. prefer this system.
The Sovereign Financial System is operating in our world now and scaling. An example, the EU members and China’s companies purchasing gas using fixed priced contracts from Russia. A simple payment platform to execute payment transactions.
The volatile gas spot market in Europe is an example of Empire’s market. It was designed for speculators and is complex as it needs to support multiple trading futures. Minor changes are amplified.
This Strategic Culture article below suggests that India may be sponsoring terrorist attacks against China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in Pakistan in which multiple Chinese civilians working on these projects have been murdered.
In addition to India, other countries that are likely guilty of sponsoring these terror attacks include India’s QUAD ally of America.
Both India and America are hostile to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)–and the US track record of sponsoring jihadi/terrorist groups throughout West and Central Asia as well as India’s support of Balochi insurgents in Pakistan–evidence that both these countries possess the means, motive, and opportunity for such terror operations.
“Is India Playing a Double Game to Disrupt China’s BRI?”
A recent surge in deadly terrorist attacks on China’s strategic partnership projects in Pakistan has raised concerns that a foreign sponsor may be orchestrating the violence.
Ficou simplesmente maravilhoso a lendária e encantada Rota da Seda em seu novo retorno através destes seus diversos e últimos artigos enviados diretamente do coração pulsante e histórico da centralizada cidade de Samankar.
Geopolítica, História, Arquitetura Bizantina Islâmica e um mundo de promessas de prosperidade para esta região.
A malha ferroviária será mais econômica que a rota marítima e interligará de maneira funcional estas cidades não agraciadas pelo mar.
Isto será divino!
Obrigada por compartilhar estas suas preciosidades!
E agora noticias no nosso Brasil…
Faltando menos de 2 meses para as eleições presidenciais por aqui, estamos trabalhando com garra para que o atual Presidente seja definitivamente afastado do poder.
Foi um fracasso que não desejamos que se repita!
Ditadura nunca mais!
Não deixe de assistir este vídeo e relembrar este histórico discurso de Lula na Cúpula das Américas em 2005
Que Lula vença nestas eleições para retirar o Brasil pela segunda vez do mapa da fome.
Vibre por nós, com pensamentos positivos para este grande retorno de amor, paz e prosperidade ao nosso amado Brasil.
Saudações Fraternais a você, a Andrei e demais jornalistas e analistas que postam por aqui e que amo ler.
E ficarei muito feliz se todos conhecerem um pequeno tempo para assistir este vídeo que deixei o link no texto acima.
São apenas 8 minutos!
Obrigada mais uma vez….
I have an observation about how some people build empires out of small projects that eventually reach unreachable heights. It’s a version of fake it till you make it. If people like Bezos and Musk can find financing to pump into long shot projects for a long enough duration and the projects have market viability then eventually the project catches fire. It takes time, a visionary leader and the staying power that big money can provide. The multipolar project is like that, I think that project definitely has market viability and Russia, via Putin, is its entrepreneur. However, in my opinion, Russian taxes are too high and it’s bureaucracy too stifling to allow for the full blooming of a potential bottom up entrepreneurial class economy. Putin is a government man and government men cannot see into the freedom corners of individual sovereignty allowed by personal wealth earned in free trade that competes for the consumers free choice. But Russia’s visionary leadership in the sovereign nation project may one day allow a sovereign nation to organize itself into the world’s first truly laissez-faire economy that shows the world what that can do.
The Private Financial Empire is fully exposed. One need to dig deeper and broader to gain complete visibility and understand empire’s shenanigans.
Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, … are Bilderberg. Elon Musk is connected to Milken, the banker who was sent to prison for financial crimes, and they’re connected to Larry Ellison, who is on Tesla’s board. They’re all based in Los Angles. It is a small world. They have surrounded Elon to takeover his venture one day. Light is shining on Empire’s Matrix and Debtrix.
This Empire has representatives at every level of the FINANCIAL stack. The moment an entrepreneur gains success its global adoption is controlled by the Empire. Those who refuse to cooperate are marginalized, acquired or dismantled. Its plan is based on investments, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
The challenge for Russia is to focus and win battles. Putin needs to surround himself with creative and courageous individuals with integrity, particularly in the Monetary and Financial arena. The old central bank team is following the neoliberal paradigm and not serving Russian citizens. Traitors need to go. Russia is well positioned to drive Ruble’s global adoption as it is backed by Russian resources. Also, Russia along with India need to move into the global financial arena. China has excelled with its mixed market economy model that is being adapted by the Non-Western world, through Industrial Capitalism. South Africa needs to end its private central bank. Brazil is the most penetrated by traitors of the empire. Let’s see what happens in the coming election.
Thanks Pepe, always nice to catch up on ‘real’ economy issues. If my country, the USA, doesn’t turn its policy, away from military, schemes, and get on board with fair commerce practices and learn to compete fairly, I’m afraid Thucydides will rise from the tomb to consume us all.
Pepe This is a crazy question and it would cost a pretty penny but you should consider taking a tour with a group of people. I would love to spend time on these roads and trains, getting the history and future from a person such as yourself. I was In Kashgar back in 81 and I am guessing I would not recognize it today!
each time I go to China I don’t recognize it! Thank you so much for your amazing writing. And thank you Saker for sharing him with us
Prezado Pepe assim que puder faz um mapa para entender melhor, de qualquer modo tuas analises são excelentes, didaticas e espectaculares.
Machine Translation: Dear Pepe as soon as you can make a map to better understand, anyway your analyzes are excellent, didactic and spectacular.