Global Majority on the MoveBy Marcia Merry Baker
March 25—The Global Majority is on the move. This term refers to those nations and billions of people committed to respectful and mutually beneficial development, and who reject the confrontationism of Global NATO. In this new spirit, numbers of concrete actions—projects, conferences and commitments—are taking place.
Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, who put the term Global Majority into use recently, wrote an article published this week, addressing the fact that the world lives at a time of “historic geopolitical shifts.” He wrote that this process “puts in place objective factors for the emergence of a new multipolar world order—a more resilient, just, and democratic framework reflecting the natural and inalienable right of every nation to determine its future, as well as choose its own internal and socioeconomic development models.”
Look at initiatives of the nation of Egypt, benefitting its own 104 million people, and as well, the continent of Africa, and the fraught, war-torn Southwest Asia. On March 22 it was announced that Egypt has joined the New Development Bank founded by the BRICS in 2014, a concrete action consistent with BRICS membership to come, perhaps, and also a signal to other nations. The same day, the Suez Canal Authority announced a deal in which a Chinese firm will set up an iron and steel complex in the Suez Development Zone, to manufacture cast iron pipe, a basic industrial capacity for all kinds of infrastructure and manufacturing. It is a $2 billion deal.
Towards Eurasian development, Chinese President Xi Jinping this past week sent invitations out for the first China-Central Asia Summit, to take place in May. He wrote to the leaders of the five nations of the region—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—speaking in terms of putting a “grand plan” for cooperation in motion. The idea is to match the Belt and Road Initiative with the specific development visions of each of the nations. For example, the Turkmenistan development plan is called, “Revival of the Great Silk Road.”
In the direction of development in the Pacific Rim, meetings took place in Beijing March 22-25 between New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanala Mahuta and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and top diplomat Wang Yi, including plans for increasing economic activity, and discussions of stability in the South China Sea islands.
The Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina is in Beijing for meetings to set up diplomatic relations. “Honduras cannot remain on the sidelines of the benefits which the new world order could bring,” commented Honduran Minister of Transparency Edmundo Orellana on the establishment of relations with China, ending the recognition of Taiwan, rather than China. Speaking to Proceso Digital this week, he pointed out that a new world order is being built in which China plays a leading role. “This decision should have been taken at the beginning of this century, but the opportunity is always there, and hopefully we are in time to join that new world order,” Orellana told the internet daily.
The meeting of Brazilian President Lula Inazio de Silva set for Beijing March 28 with President Xi Jinping is strategically extremely important. The discussion is to include Lula’s proposal for a “peace club” of nations to work to bring about a resolution of the Ukraine conflict. This was addressed explicitly in an interview in London’s Financial Times yesterday, with Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, who said, “We are very interested in promoting or helping generate some kind of meeting that would lead to a peace process. The President has said so many times; he hears a lot about war but very few words about peace. He is interested in peace conversations.”
However, it was announced today that President Lula has had to postpone his trip because he has pneumonia. Brasilia confirmed that his travel plans and meetings will be rescheduled, although some of the meetings originally scheduled with businessmen and some Brazilian officials will go ahead.
At the same time, the continuation of bloodshed in Ukraine, the danger of all-out World War III, and the specter of economic chaos are worsening. In Europe, protest actions continue against the deteriorating conditions for living and working, and against the clear incompetence and venality of government figures in power. In Berlin tomorrow is an exceptionally shameful event: There will be a ballot referendum on whether to approve putting the capital of Germany under the green mandate to be “climate neutral” by 2030. This amounts to an anti-industry, anti-transportation, anti-population policy. This ploy was pushed and heavily financed by “special ops” think tanks of the green banksters (Sir Michael “no coal” Bloomberg, Mark Carney, the World Economic Forum crowd, et al.) It is another marker of attempting to obliterate Germany as a sovereign nation, like the terrorist exploding of the Nord Stream pipeline, co-owned by Germany and Russia.
The April 15 international conference of the Schiller Institute is a key occasion of gathering forces to counter and end these dangerous moves, by spreading the concepts and dialogue for what kind of new measures and frameworks are needed to serve economy-building and security. The conference is titled, “Without the Development of All Nations, There Can Be No Lasting Peace for the Planet.”
Sign and circulate the call for an “Emergency International Conference To Reorganize the Bankrupt Financial System.”