BRASILIA Will Fuller V Jersey , March 5 (Xinhua)
-- Growing protectionist tendencies and rising conservative nationalism have
raised deep concern in a global scenario with a deterioration of multilateral
security mechanisms since World War II, a leading Brazilian analyst said
Luiz Fernando Horta, a historian and expert of international relations at
the University of Brasilia (UnB), told Xinhua in an interview.
Post-World War II multilateral agreements that underpinned the world order
have been undermined since the start of the new century by major Western
powers, particularly the United States, said Horta.
""We have been seeing the disintegration of the Bretton Woods since 2001,
involving not only the economic system, but also the global security system
established after World War II. The United States and other powers began to
ignore the (United Nations) Security Council, which was playing a very
important role,"" said the expert.
Horta was referring to the Bretton Woods system of monetary management which
established rules for commercial and financial relations between the United
States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and Japan in the mid-20th
One clear sign of the unraveling of the established order is the
remilitarization of Japan, whose demilitarization after the war reflected the
joint efforts of the international community to bolster global security, he
""Since Japan openly asserts the possibility of military action, it signals
the end of those post-war agreements designed to make the system work,"" said
Horta expressed ""great concern"" about a potential military confrontation
around the world, given U.S. President Donald Trump's stated intention to
modernize and expand his country's nuclear arsenal.
For the analyst, the idea that the world system has become a multipolar one
is highly questionable, as the actions of global players increasingly lack
""To have a multipolar world you need to have two things: on the one hand,
poles have the capacity to take actions on the world stage. That is what we
have. On the other hand, there must be a broad consensus that the actions taken
by these countries are legitimate. We have a very big void here. There is no
perception of legitimacy,"" said Horta.
""I believe this multipolarity is more of a theory than a reality in the
world,"" he added.
The breach between the developed and developing world is a major obstacle on
the path to multipolarity, and one that will not be easy to overcome, he said,
because economies now striving to ""catch up"" are encountering many
The changing global landscape is giving rise to scenarios that would be
unimaginable just a few years ago, said Horta, such as China's greater economic
opening in contrast to Western powers's protectionist approach.
China today has ""relative advantages."" This is why free-trade talks no
longer interest the Western powers, said the historian.
""We are entering an era of extreme conservatism. Due to the economic
crisis, some countries are going to defend themselves with an economic
nationalism agenda. I think in coming years we are going to see a decline of
the idea of globalization,"" said Horta.？
BERLIN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Reigning FIFA World Cup champions Germany reaped
their eighth win in as many games after crushing Norway with six goals in Group
C of the World Cup qualifiers on Monday.
The Germans showed no mercy with hapless Norway and establish a four-goal
lead within 40 minutes to smooth the way for the win owing to Timo Werner' s
Joachim Loew' s men took the reins from the kick-off to break the deadlock
with just ten minutes played when Mesut Oezil had all time and space inside the
box to make the most out of Jonas Hector' s assist.
Oezil remained in the thick of things as he assisted Julian Draxler, who
slotted home the 2-0 lead seven minutes after the opener.
The hosts gained momentum whereas Norway remained unable to gain a foothold
into the game. Hence, Germany tripled the lead after Timo Werner utilized Toni
Kroos' square pass to make it 3-0 on the scoreboards in the 21st minute.
Werner wasn't done with the scoring as he sealed his brace after heading
home Thomas Mueller's cross into the box five minutes before the half-time.
After the restart, Germany started where they left off as substitute Leon
Goretzka nodded the 5-0 lead following a pinpoint cross from Draxler five
minutes into the second half.
Norway was unable to hold the pace and to put up resistance as dominant
Germany added their sixth goal in the 79th minute through substitute Mario
Gomez, who rounded off the 6-0 with a header.
"We staged a powerful performance today. Even after the four goal lead we
continued to press forward," Germany head coach Joachim Loew said.
With the result, Germany wrapped up their eighth win in as many games in
Group C of the World Cup qualification. However, they will have to wait until
October to book their place for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Germans stay atop the standings followed by Northern Ireland,
Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway and San Marino.
Leaders of BRICS countries pose for group photo before summit
Xi calls for solidarity among emerging economies, developing nations
Chinese UN envoy condemns DPRK nuke test, calls for return to dialogue
Evening gala for 2017 BRICS Summit held in Xiamen
Autumn scenery of Hunhe River in N China's Hohhot
Villagers air harvests in south China
Dew drops seen on plant leaves in east China
Fish Dish Festival celebrated in C China's Hunan
KABUL, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- A bomb attack rocked western side of Kabul,
Afghanistan on Sunday with unknown casualties, witnesses said.
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