2017: A Year of Yin and Yang Diplomacy, Featuring Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Action

With the end of the year comes the traditional retrospective of the major events that marked the last months and predictions for the coming year. My retrospective is summarized in two main events revolving around two major actors: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Each of them has marked the year with his signature. Let’s start with the first major event! Trump effect tsunami-like on the planet: ‘‘Après moi, le déluge!’’ 2016 ended with a major surprise: Trump’s election as the 45th President of the US. On January 20, 2017, his inauguration set the ball rolling on a series of events with tectonic consequences. With his daily tweets and public outings, Trump has ushered in a new era in which ‘Tweet-diplomacy’ is a new genre that disregards the usual diplomatic channels between countries. Trump is a protectionist who does not let the market operate as it would without interference. The US is now imitating the old Continent to some extent. America first, then the rest of the world way behind, as implied clearly in his latest National Security Strategy, has enormous consequences on trade as well as on economic and social relationships between the US and the rest of the world. All of Trump’s actions have opened a breach that has allowed the BRICS to strengthen and grow. Their growth results in the US showing its limits regarding economic matters, production of wealth and circulation of goods and services. The BRICS took advantage by consolidating their positions and cornering the international … Continue reading 2017: A Year of Yin and Yang Diplomacy, Featuring Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Action