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SUEZ, JUST ANOTHER BRIC IN THE WALL

The Suez Canal: A ribbon of water at the heart of global commodities trade now becomes the beating heart of the BRICS alliance, steering the future of international relations

In an era where global trade threads weave a dense fabric of interconnectivity, the pivotal role of the Suez Canal is amplified. This water conduit not only connects East to West, but it also holds colossal implications for the international commodities sector. Now, as Egypt aligns with the BRICS nations, the ripple effect of this decision on the global commodity market promises to be nothing short of seismic.

The once impregnable fortress of the Western alliance is slowly showing cracks, a subtle, insidious shift threatening the status quo. At the vanguard of this exodus are nations in search of an alternative path, a road that may lead them to greater sovereignty and potentially equitable benefits. Even the seemingly loyal members like France and Italy have begun to ponder a different course, driven by a resurgent consciousness of their national independence. The seeds of this revolution were sown in the American approach to alliances, an exchange that seemed increasingly unbalanced in favor of the benefactor.

We now find ourselves on the precipice of an era-defining shift in global politics. This shift isn’t just a simple realignment of alliances; it’s akin to a labyrinthine thriller, where each twist and turn threatens to unravel long-standing allegiances and reconstruct the world order. The compass now points towards the emerging power center, BRICS, the China-led consortium promising a level playing field and total economic cooperation.

The plot thickens with Egypt’s decision to join the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). This move isn’t just another bullet point in the annals of geopolitics. With the Suez Canal at its epicenter, the tremor could set off a wave, causing monumental shifts in the global economic landscape.

Under Egypt’s jurisdiction, the Suez Canal is an enticing prospect for the BRICS nations. This maritime lifeline, facilitating trade between Asia, Europe, and the U.S., becomes an invaluable asset in this new order. As Egypt draws closer to the BRICS sphere, the consortium’s power players, China and Russia, could significantly expand their influence over Egypt and, by extension, the canal.

The stakes are astronomical for Europe and the U.S. The thought of their actual trade and oil routes being subject to the whims of geopolitical rivals is a chilling prospect. The intrigue intensifies as Chinese investors pour a staggering eight billion dollars into the Suez Canal, indicating China’s strategic interests in the waterway.

As this enthralling drama unfolds, the upcoming BRICS Summit, scheduled for August in South Africa, looms large. While on the surface, it aims to promote intra-BRICS trade using national currencies, it might harbor an ulterior motive, reducing the world’s reliance on the U.S. dollar.

Egypt’s ascension to the BRICS New Development Bank isn’t just a financial game-changer. It’s a global political reorientation, a domino that could topple the existing world order. Beyond immediate economic gains, this move could send shockwaves far beyond Egypt’s borders.

The tremors emanating from this geopolitical tectonic shift have already reached the shores of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, both showing interest in BRICS membership. This move away from the Western sphere is a stark sign of shifting times.

With the BRICS Bank’s substantial reserves of 100 billion dollars, Egypt has a chance to revive and reinvent its economy. This new era allows nations like Egypt to seek financial assistance without surrendering their sovereignty, a challenge to the Western-led IMF.

This unfolding tale hints at an alternative world order, one where nations aren’t just pieces on the chessboard but active players. This profound shift, catalyzed by Egypt’s alignment with BRICS, offers a tantalizing peek into a future where trade is radically diversified, GDPs soar to unparalleled heights, and nations such as Egypt stand tall, bolstered by the backing of BRICS. This shift also presents a beacon of hope to other nations contemplating a similar leap of faith.

Egypt’s New Development Bank membership doesn’t merely indicate a potential boon of prosperity; it signifies a larger narrative. It represents a bold assertion of Egypt’s willingness to be part of a grand plan – to challenge the omnipresence of the U.S. dollar. For some observers, it represents a realignment of the global financial architecture, a daring gambit that risks destabilizing the Western-dominated SWIFT.

Beyond just economics and trade, BRICS also wields significant influence in political and economic forums. This influence was emphasized by Egypt’s president, El-Sisi, during the BRICS summits in 2017 and 2022. The potency of the BRICS economies, which collectively contribute to over 20% of the world’s gross domestic product, further illustrates their burgeoning power.

Every strategic asset in Egypt’s arsenal, notably the Suez Canal, will be leveraged by BRICS to bolster trade and further mutual economic interests. However, BRICS’ investment in Egypt will likely be a symbiotic relationship. The consortium could contribute substantially to Egypt’s prosperity, providing a blueprint for other countries aspiring to join the BRICS fold.

Intriguingly, the possible inclusion of Saudi Arabia, a major oil exporter and OPEC participant, adds another layer of complexity to this unfolding narrative. Its potential BRICS membership could bolster its oil sales and facilitate collaboration on energy and trade initiatives. This subplot becomes even more compelling in the context of Egypt’s geographical proximity to Saudi Arabia and its control over the Suez Canal.

This whirlpool of geopolitical shifts leads us to ponder some pivotal questions. Does Egypt’s NDB membership herald the end of U.S. influence in Egypt? Should Europe and the U.S. be alarmed by China’s growing foothold in Egypt and its potential control over the vital Suez Canal? These questions, while tantalizing, also underscore the underlying uncertainty that permeates the current geopolitical landscape.

This saga of shifting allegiances, strategic power plays, and veiled ambitions is more than just a geopolitical dance. It’s a suspense-filled thriller that leaves one pondering the future of the world order on tenterhooks to anticipate the next maneuver in this grand chess game. Only time will reveal the full implications of Egypt’s bold foray into the BRICS domain. Until then, the world watches with bated breath as the geopolitical wheel continues to turn, creating ripples that will undoubtedly shape the course of history.

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