Rishi Sunak’s Bali Fiasco and Then His Bland Banquet Babble

Rishi Sunak’s Bali Fiasco and Then His Bland Banquet Babble

There will be more confrontations, more divisions, more effort at ‘divide and rule’ strong arming both small and big nations at any possible geopolitical corner by the British. It seems to be yet unknown whether Rishi Sunak has yet fully recovered from the complete humiliation by Xi Jinping at the Bali summit in that Xi…

The G20’s Balinese Dance and Biden’s Calming Words

The G20’s Balinese Dance and Biden’s Calming Words

Balinese culture, a perpetual exercise in sophisticated subtlety, makes no distinction between the secular and the supernatural – sekala and niskala. Sekala is what our senses may discern. As in the ritualized gestures of world leaders – real and minor – at a highly polarized G20. Niskala is what cannot be sensed directly and can…

Goodbye G20, Hello BRICS+

Goodbye G20, Hello BRICS+

The redeeming quality of a tense G20 held in Bali – otherwise managed by laudable Indonesian graciousness – was to sharply define which way the geopolitical winds are blowing. That was encapsulated in the Summit’s two highlights: the much anticipated China-US presidential meeting – representing the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century –…

Russia and China Haven’t Even Started to Ratchet Up the Pain Dial

Russia and China Haven’t Even Started to Ratchet Up the Pain Dial

The Suicide Spectacular Summer Show, currently on screen across Europe, proceeds in full regalia, much to the astonishment of virtually the whole Global South: a trashy, woke Gotterdammerung remake, with Wagnerian grandeur replaced by twerking. Decadent Roman Emperors at least exhibited some degree of pathos. Here we’re just faced by a toxic mix of hubris,…

Flying Dragon, Crashing Eagle

Flying Dragon, Crashing Eagle

Four geoeconomic summits compressed in one week tell the story of where we stand in these supremely dystopian times. The (virtual) signing of RCEP in Vietnam was followed by the equally virtual BRICS meeting hosted by Moscow, the APEC meeting hosted by Malaysia, and the G20 this past weekend hosted by Saudi Arabia. Cynics have…