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Gold, Guns, and the New Silk Road - Rory Hall

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We are always watching for information regarding the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), BRICS and One Belt, One Road (new Silk Road) project.

The consortiums listed above headed by China and Russia, respectively, and the latter two being headed by committees from various member nations, are quite possibly the news story for the next 25-50 years. What these organizations are putting together are turning out to make the Western World's Industrial Revolution, that ran for approximately 120 years beginning in the mid 1800s, look like child’s play. While the Industrial Revolution had far reaching impacts on our world, even to this day, the focus was on the United States. With these centrally planned organizations the very nature of the plan is to spread the wealth, share the expense, and allow a rising tide to lift all boats.

For the past two decades the SCO, in particular, has gone about its business of planning this melding of member nations and working out details of how the manufacturing will be distributed, how the monetary and financial systems will be integrated, and where the leadership centers will be located. Outside looking in, it seems to be an extraordinary undertaking that is beginning to reach an inflection point in its development.

Most of the economic and financial systems are in place. Most of the transportation and communications systems have been developed and are either working or being built as we speak. Raw power systems, like nuclear, hydroelectric, and solar power are either in place or being built out all across the land. The West is asleep at the wheel regarding this massive build out that is happening all across the Eurasian, Middle Eastern and into north-western Africa landscape.

Being at just over half of the global population, you would think someone might be curious as to what is happening in Asia. Encompassing close to 70% of the world's natural resources, including most of the oil, it seems like someone in the West should be reporting regularly on these changes. Not a peep.

A couple of months ago, we reported the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kazakhstan International Financial Center met with the President of the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the specific purpose of gold distribution along the Silk Road project. Kazakstan is not only a member of the SCO, it is also a member of the EEU and just happens to provide most of the smelting of metals, of all kinds, including uranium, iron ore and precious metals, for Russia.

Today we learned the Silk Road Fund is purchasing a gold mine. Not only is China purchasing mines of all types around the world, now through the Silk Road Fund gold mines are being purchased.

As recently reported

China’s new Silk Road trade route is quietly becoming one of the biggest stories globally in natural resources. With reports the past week showing that this emerging trade corridor may have a new target commodity for big Chinese investors.
broke the story late last week that China’s $40 billion Silk Road Fund is looking at buying its first gold mine. With the big buyer reportedly in talks over the Vasilkovskoye operation in Kazakhstan.
Vasilkovskoye currently belongs to Glencore — a firm that is aggressively selling assets in order to pay down debt. And it appears the sale of Vasilkovskoye may go a long way toward that goal, with the Silk Road Fund apparently considering a price tag around $2 billion.
Reports suggested that the Silk Road Fund won’t bear this whole burden. With the fund instead looking to partner with gold producer China National Gold Group in making the acquisition.

The China National Gold Group has been acquiring gold mines for at least the past couple of years. The thing about all the mining operations that China, and now Silk Road Fund, are acquiring is the gold leaves the Western world forever. Not only is it gone from the open market, it becomes opaque as to the volume of gold each of these mines produces. It is no longer reported to or by the World Gold Council or any other agency outside of China. You may be saying “big deal, who cares”. Well, it is a big deal, as the gold market is already difficult enough to track. Nations already aren’t too keen in sharing information about their true gold holdings, and now we see gold being unaccounted for as it is coming out of the ground!

The SCO and EEU decided to join forces, and are now moving closer together and will be officially forming an alliance. This will now bring an even larger portion of the population under one “umbrella” and allow the networked systems within the EEU to be networked with the SCO. This is to say nothing of the security forces being put in all across the land. These security forces dwarf NATO/U.S. military and instead of ensuring the Pentagon war contractors produce another “not ready for prime time” piece of non-working military hardware, the security forces that are aligning have equipment the West has no counterpart. For example, the S-400 air defense system and the electro-magnetic non-lethal, digital signal scrambling weapon, used recently in Syria. Both of these weapons have been developed by Russia and deployed across Russia, into Syria and Iran. Possibly other locations as well, but the above locations are well documented.

As Pepe Escobar reported recently on the security forces that are now coming together:

Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations — the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union), the AIIB (the new Chinese-founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), and the NDB (the BRICS’ New Development Bank) — whose acronyms you’re unlikely to recognize either. Still, they represent an emerging new order in Eurasia.
Consider it a diplomatic masterstroke of Vladmir Putin’s Russia to have merged those two summits with an informal meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Call it a soft power declaration of war against Washington’s imperial logic, one that would highlight the breadth and depth of an evolving Sino-Russian strategic partnership. Putting all those heads of state attending each of the meetings under one roof, Moscow offered a vision of an emerging, coordinated geopolitical structure anchored in Eurasian integration. Thus, the importance of Iran: no matter what happens post-Vienna, Iran will be a vital hub/node/crossroads in Eurasia for this new structure.

So, not only do we have gold flowing to all points East, especially into China and Russia, but we have a massive military infrastructure that has no equal. Meanwhile in the West, we have ongoing false flag operations, Pokemon Go sweeping the landscape, and trade deals that enslave the population instead of building up the population. If we don’t begin paying attention and aligning ourselves with what is happening our children will not stand much of chance. Jim Rogers moved to China for the specific purpose of exposing his children to the next wave of economic forces. His children will know and understand Mandarin and at least one other Chinese language. His children will grow up with the knowledge of the SCO and the impact it is making on the world. I am not suggesting we all move to China; I am, however, suggesting it may make sense to expose our children to the Chinese culture and language. This would provide them with a major leg up on their peers. If we don’t get in the game, we most certainly lose. I have heard said that if you do what wealthy people do you will have a much better chance at creating wealth for yourself. The West is bankrupt, in more ways than one. The East has all the wealth, all the gold and owns the West’s debt. It doesn’t take a person of very high intelligence to see that “acting as if” means following what the Chinese are doing to create wealth.

Below is a round table with Alasdair Macleod, Dave Kranzler and Craig Hemke. While this video is was produced in March 2015, the information is as relevant today as it was when only produced:

Rory Hall, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Coin, has written over 700 articles and produced more than 200 videos about the precious metals market, economic and monetary policies as well as geopolitical events since 1987. His articles have been published by Zerohedge, SHTFPlan, Sprott Money, GoldSilver and Silver Doctors, SGTReport, just to name a few. Rory has contributed daily to SGTReport since 2012. He has interviewed experts such as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Marc Faber, Eric Sprott, Gerald Celente and Peter Schiff, to name but a few. Visit The Daily Coin website and The Daily Coin YouTube channels to enjoy original and some of the best economic, precious metals, geopolitical and preparedness news from around the world.

The author is not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by Sprott Money Ltd. The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of the author or guest speaker, are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprott Money Ltd. Sprott Money does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability of the information or any results from its use.


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