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BRITISH Prime Minister Gordon Brown says that the current financial crisis should be viewed as an opportunity to create a "new global order", ahead of a week of meetings with world leaders.
Speaking in London, Mr Brown - due to meet the leaders of Japan, South Korea and China in the next seven days - renewed a warning against protectionism, urging countries to instead help set "new rules for this new global order".
Mr Brown, who will also meet the president of the World Bank, cautioned that if a consensus was not built supporting globalisation, "all our prosperities" would be imperiled.
He has previously argued for stronger international co-operation better to regulate financial institutions, and said on Monday that he wanted to work towards better cross-border regulation at a summit of the Group of 20 industrialised and developing countries in London in April.
His speech came just days after official data confirmed Britain was in its first recession - defined as two quarters running of negative economic growth - since 1991.
"We face a choice. We could allow this crisis to start a retreat from globalisation," Mr Brown said in his speech.
"As some want, we could close our markets - for capital, financial services, trade and for labour - and reduce the risks of globalisation, but that would reduce global growth, deny us the benefits of global trade, and confine millions to global poverty.
"Or we could view the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth pangs of a new global order, and our task now as nothing less than making the transition through a new internationalism to the benefits of an expanding global economy, not muddling through as pessimists but making the necessary adjustment to a better future and setting new rules for this new global order."
Mr Brown's spokesman Michael Ellam said that the premier would meet South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo and Japanese premier Taro Aso, as well as World Bank chief Robert Zoellick at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Friday.
He is also set to meet Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in London later this week.
Originally posted by booda
maybe the NWO is a good thing and if we can get some kind of Global balance it might be better for future generations....
Originally posted by jibeho
This all make me want to believe that all of these bankruptcies and bank failures etc., and corporate malfeasance is just a fabrication to force "We the People" to succumb to the "New Global Order".
Originally posted by thymisou
That's why the UK is really THE top police state (I'm not aware of any other "free" nation being even close to them).
Originally posted by stumason
Anyway, as for this supposed "NWO", I am alsways curious as to why they didn't do it in the past when they had more control over the world and people were much more subdued.