According to analysts, the official Sino-Russo trips to the region highlight the fast-shifting geopolitical scene, with the world being shepherded in controlled fashion toward a new, “multi-polar” world order featuring a neutered United States and more unaccountable “global governance.”
From the start, Putin emphasized the agenda behind his trip. “We are interested in strong, economically stable and politically independent, united Latin America that is becoming an important part of the emerging polycentric world order,” he said. On the domestic front, Putin touted his emerging “Eurasian Economic Union,” a misnamed “trade” bloc bringing together several “former” Soviet regimes. In Latin America, the ex-KGB figure touted similar integration schemes — particularly the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which includes all governments in the Americas except the United States and Canada.
It is not just CELAC, founded in recent years by Latin American socialists with strong Sino-Russo support as a “counterweight” to U.S. “imperialism,” that Putin is interested in. In fact, the Russian strongman said Moscow is “open to substantive interaction with all integration formations in the Latin American region.” That would include the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Pacific Alliance, the Central American Integration System (SICA), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Putin said in Havana.
“It is vital that all these associations, as they develop their external relations, should work towards the unity of Latin American countries ... both politically and ideologically,” Putin said. “We hope that consolidation of multilateral cooperation will be an additional factor in the successful development of our bilateral relations with Latin American partners.” Similar trends are taking place around the world, the Russian ruler observed, saying, “Integration processes in Latin America reflect to a large extent the worldwide regional integration tendencies and indicate the pursuit of political consolidation in the region and reinforcement of its influence on global affairs.”
Chinese Communist ruler Xi was also travelling the region this month making similar deals and statements about the emerging new order. Beijing and Latin America should “jointly push forward the international order,” “strengthen the global economic governance,” and advance the “sustainable development cause,” the tyrant said in a statement released by Beijing’s “Foreign Ministry.” He also proposed strengthening the “connectivity” between the BRICS regimes and South American governments.
The autocratic Chinese and Russian rulers actually crossed paths in Brazil in mid-July to unveil a new-world “development bank” at what may have been their most important stop. Discussions on the international banking outfit, supposedly designed to serve as a “counterweight” to Western-dominated institutions, have been ongoing for years. At this year’s annual “BRICS” meeting, the socialist- and communist-minded governments ruling over Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, finally signed the deal to put it all together.
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Photo at top shows leaders of BRICS nations at BRICS Summit in Brazil, July 15, 2014 (from left): Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, China's President Xi Jinping, and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma: AP Images