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Finiacial ‘new world order’ started, March 2015

Post by veya_victaous on Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:44 am

WHEN people try to pinpoint the start of a ‘new world order’ they could look to March 2015.

This week, Australia announced it would sign on to China’s plans to create a new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to rival global institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

But far from being some boring economic plan, the bank — which aims to address the $8 trillion infrastructure gap and provide $100 billion for new roads, bridges and ports in Asian economies — could usher in a new phase of regional influence for China without US involvement.

UNSW’s Institute of Global Finance director Fariborz Moshirian said China’s massive foreign exchange reserves and desire for more power have driven Beijing’s plan.

“China is trying to use economic muscle and also in a sense it’s a reaction to the Bretton Woods institutions like the IMF and World Bank. They are seen as US and European children and China wants to make their own mark.”

“It’s sort of a byproduct of the rise of the financial strength of China ... We’re going to see more of this kind of influence because China can afford now to take part of this kind of activity.”

Overnight, Japan, Taiwan and Egypt expressed interest in become founding members taking the total number of countries involved to more than 40. They’re the latest in a flood of traditional US allies who have signalled intention to join including Australia, Britain, New Zealand, France, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea.

It leaves the US the only major economy not involved, a decision described as “problematic at best and churlish at worst” by Brookings Institution analyst Jonathan Pollack. It comes after the US waged a lobbying campaign against the plan citing concerns over how the bank will be managed.

Professor Moshirian said the fact the US is now the only holdout is a clear sign US allies are not willing to stand by at the expense of their own economic development, with many European partners saying “if you can’t beat them, join them.”

“They don’t want to be isolating themselves. They’ve got very close links with China in terms of trade and investment and why shouldn’t you? If money is being thrown about by China why shouldn’t they grab it? China is becoming strong so why should you isolate yourself?”

http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/us-holds-out-against-new-asian-infrastructure-investment-bank/story-e6frflo9-1227286037463


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