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The rise of the G5

The coming global order will see five big powers bullying the world into solving its problems

By Paul Collier   June 2010

Big boys: protesters march against the EU, America and Japan in Hong Kong

International relations have taken a pessimistic turn. A year ago there was widespread optimism about a new multi-polar world. A newly humble America would make space for others. China seemed to be evolving into a “good global citizen.” Even Europe was hopeful of an enhanced role, as the trusted friend of both powers. Yet today, optimism about China has evaporated in the wake of internal repression, attacks on Google and huge mining and oil deals with murderous African regimes. President Obama’s Cairo speech in June 2009…

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