Thursday, August 16, 2007
The "Leave Us Alone" Concert
"The most serious challenge we face is that whether all member states can effectively maintain their sovereignty, security and development."
Can the heterogenous group of states that comprise the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's members and observers "hang together"? The Chinese think that they can if the interests are right. Otherwise, sky's the limit. Want your country's executive branch to be decided by competitive elections? Think that laws should be enacted only if they are in conformity with the particular interpretation of a religion? Create what to all intents and purposes is a "republican monarchy" (call him president but treat him like a king--and pass power to his progeny). No problem.
You do what you want, we do what we want, and that's that.
Chinese President Hu Jintao called here Thursday for timely coordination between China and Russia of stance on bilateral ties and major regional and global issues.
Hu made the remarks while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
It i hight-time US went back to the ethos of those Yankee Traders.