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BRI is the focal point of Asia-Europe partnership

2019-12-02 15:30:28 CGTN

Editor's note: Andrew Korybko is a Moscow-based American political analyst. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

The Asia-Europe Cooperation Dialogue will be held in Chongqing City, from 1-2 December, and bring together more than 300 esteemed guests from the super continent to discuss the future of their partnership amid uncertain times. The event is part of the Boao Forum for Asia, colloquially known as the "Asian Davos," and is expected to be extremely influential in shaping the global discourse. It's also important to note that the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is expected to figure prominently in discussions.

The world's geo-economic gravity has decisively shifted eastward in recent years, but this "return to history" (seeing as how the East used to be the world's economic center prior to the advent of Western colonialism a little more than half a millennium ago) has engendered a strong reaction from the U.S., which has a self-interested stake in preserving the previous status quo at all costs. The subsequent trade war was a unilateral act of economic aggression aimed at disrupting global trade flows between the hemispheres.

Unwittingly, however, it also created the impetus for more intense Asia-Europe cooperation and dialogue in response, ergo the eponymous name of the forthcoming event. Most countries in the super continent are opposed to American moves because they've invested everything in building a future of multilateralism and peaceful partnership, which is why they now have the incentive to take their developing ties even further in order to sustainably resist the pressure that's bearing on them from halfway across the world.

Asia's phoenix-like rise doesn't necessarily imply replacing Europe like the latter attempted to do with it over the centuries, but is geared towards advancing mutually beneficial outcomes that see each part of the super continent complement the other in creating a future of shared destiny. BRI is the embodiment of this vision because it entails physical, economic, technological, and socio-cultural connectivity between Eurasia's many diverse peoples, thus making it historically unprecedented and therefore revolutionary.