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Brave old (exceptionalist) world

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right after the St. Petersburg forum, which consolidated the Russia-China alliance, and just as the Eurasian Economic Union was officially spawned in Astana. The inevitable march towards a multipolar system carries with it the progressive bypassing of the US dollar, and by consequence weakens the NATO/Atlanticist axis. The Bilderberg guest list is eminently a NATO affair.

So picture a series of meetings discussing, for instance, how the Bank of China and VTB, Russia's second largest bank, now settle everything in yuan or rubles, and established a bilateral investment committee. Not to mention how the BRICS and the 115-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) are developing non-exceptionalist strategic partnerships, which crucially include trading in their own currencies and not the US dollar.

Then there's the anti-EU mass revolt crystallized this past Sunday at the European parliament elections. With many shades of grey, that's an anti-exceptionalist revolt. It threatens a key new Bilderberg plank, the coming of a massive US-Europe free trade area symbolized by the secretly negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), widely opposed by average European citizens.

It's no accident that the key negotiator both in the TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- which aims to sideline China in Asia -- is the Obama administration's Trade Representative, Michael Froman, your typical Wall Street exceptionalist.

Meanwhile, in Shangri-La...

And then, there's the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which I described last year as the Spielbergs and Clooneys of the military universe all in one Star Wars room (actually a ballroom at the Shangri-La Hotel). This is exceptionalism marinated in Asian spices.

And once again China is drawing attention, by sending the formidable Fu Ying, a.k.a. the Iron Lady, who currently is Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the National People's Congress. She is an awesome, take-no-prisoners negotiator and it will be fascinating to see her directly clash with this year's Shangri-La guest of honor, the militaristic Japanese prime minister and American protege, Shinzo Abe.

Translation: both in Copenhagen and Singapore, Beijing gets a seat at privileged tables of the current unipolar, exceptionalist order. Yet it aims, self-confidently, not to simply indulge in the banquet, but to undermine it, little by little, from within. The exceptionalist crowd is clever enough to acknowledge the evolving Russia-China alliance and the push towards an alternative order are slowly dissolving its brave old world dream. No wonder they're so scared.

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Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)

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