‘Samarkand Spirit’ to be Driven by ‘Responsible Powers’ Russia and China – by Pepe Escobar – 16 Sept 2022


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Amidst serious tremors in the world of geopolitics, it is so fitting that this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of state summit should have taken place in Samarkand – the ultimate Silk Road crossroads for 2,500 years.

When in 329 BC Alexander the Great reached the then Sogdian city of Marakanda, part of the Achaemenid empire, he was stunned: “Everything I have heard about Samarkand it’s true, except it is even more beautiful than I had imagined.”

Fast forward to anOp-Edby Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev published ahead of the SCO summit, where he stresses how Samarkand now “can become a platform that is able to unite and reconcile states with various foreign policy priorities.”

After all, historically, the world from the point of view of the Silk Road landmark has always been “perceived as one and indivisible, not divided. This is the essence of a…

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One thought on “‘Samarkand Spirit’ to be Driven by ‘Responsible Powers’ Russia and China – by Pepe Escobar – 16 Sept 2022

  1. Perfection. Pepe is pure journalistic and geo-political perfection. Effusive kudos.

    My takeaway, among many other worthy takeaways: “…a hefty delegation comprising leaders of 80 large Russian companies will be visiting Tehran next week.”

    Go, world! — a sane world.

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