A Multi-Polar World

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A Multi-Polar World


YEARS ago when I was still in the Senate I was invited by Sen. Benigno Aquino to attend in Manila a briefing with a London-based think tank. The discussion that has remained in my mind up to the present was the statement of Brig. Gen. Brown (if memory serves) that the West was watching with keen interest the relations between a highly industrialized economic giant Japan and the PROC, which covers a large segment of Asiahas energy resources and billions of people.

Brown in short said that the combination of Japanese technology with Chinese man power would in future pose a threat to the rest of the world. One must remember that the PROC was then under the leadership of Mao who for strategic and ideological reasons decided to fight the USA and the UN in Korea. In Vietnam, the Chinese and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) gave material, financial and diplomatic support to the North Vietnamese who were then fighting the South Vietnamese whose government was supported by the USA.

Today it would seem the whole world especially the US is preoccupied with fighting terrorism all over, in order to prevent attacks such as those on Sept. 11 in New York and Washington and also those in Davao etc., Bali and Riyadh. In the pursuit of what it perceives to be its national interest the US has embarked in new courses of action, including the principle of preemptive strikes/war. These new policies of Bush has strained the traditional close relations with the main European allies i.e. France, Germany, to some extent even the friendly relations with Russia and China. The said countries opposed the invasion of Iraq without giving the UN inspectors more time to discover, dismantle and destroy the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that Iraq was alleged to possess. Saddams regime has become a footnote of history. It is obvious that the Bush administration is now trying to mend it relations with France and Germany so as to have a united US-Europe bloc. At the forthcoming G-8 summit, Bush will have a one on one meeting with Chirac of France and Putin of Russia, but it would seem that Pres. Bushs disappointment with Schroeder has not subsided, because he has refused to have a one on one meeting with the German Prime Minister.

On the other hand the Russians and the Chinese have not been idle either. In a summit meeting in Moscow between the new PROC President Ho Jin Tao and Putin, Russia and China reaffirm their mutual good relations and their preference for a multi polar world rather than a uni polar one dominated by a superpower. …

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