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NEW TO THE ARCHIVES
from The Globe and Mail
by Konrad Yakabuski
That’s what the Chinese President did to rousing applause before the titans of global capitalism gathered last week in Davos. You almost felt embarrassed for them as they grovelled before the autocratic head of an officially Communist nation that is globalization’s biggest free rider.
Yet, this is where the world is at, especially now that the new U.S. President has taken what appears to be the irreversible step of pulling his country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the delight of everyone from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to the Council of Canadians.
No one is as delighted as Mr. Xi, however. The likely death of the TPP, the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact that aimed to set the 21st century rules of the road of international commerce, fits in with the Chinese leader’s grand plan of supplanting the United States as the indispensable nation with which Japan, Australia, and increasingly Canada, must curry favour. […]”