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  • 1

    House Atreides

    This sort of thing happens all the time in China. It only became international news because companies like McDonald's and KFC were involved. If you think using expired meat is bad, look up gutter oil.

    Gutter oil is a term used in China to describe illicit cooking oil which has been recycled from waste oil collected from sources such as restaurant fryers, sewer drains, grease traps and slaughterhouse waste.

    Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

  • 0

    House Atreides

    When you have this:

    Analysts point out that, as well as their economic interests, India and Japan are natural allies; both have spiky relationships and long-running territorial disputes with China, whose increasing military confidence is causing disquiet in Asia and beyond.

    It follows that you'll have this:

    Senior officials from India, Japan and US will hold a trilateral meeting on June 23-24 in New Delhi to work on common approaches to Asian issues.

    Which would very likely result in this:

    Japan could be the first foreign destination for new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese media reported Friday, suggesting the trip could happen as early as this month.

    Posted in: Japan may be first foreign destination for new Indian PM Modi

  • 10

    House Atreides

    Another fine example of China's "peaceful" rise.

    Posted in: Vietnamese fishing boat rammed, sunk by Chinese ship

  • -2

    House Atreides

    When the Chinese get out of East Turkestan, the attacks will stop. The same thing happened in Algeria with the French. What is happening now is right out of Mao's playbook. "A guerrilla", according to Mao Zedong, "can always sink back into the peaceful population which is the sea in which the guerrilla swims like a fish." The Chinese response will be to crack down harder on the Uighurs which will simply create more people willing to carry out attacks like the one today. The only way to end the cycle is for the Chinese to return East Turkestan to the Uighur people.

    Posted in: 31 dead, scores wounded in attack in China's Xinjiang

  • 3

    House Atreides

    The article needs to be revised. Modi just talked to Obama and has announced it on Twitter. The title of the article should be changed to: India's Modi quick on Twitter diplomacy; no mention of China

    A significant non-mention on the Modi-Twitter diplomacy list is Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who incidentally had called the BJP leader after his electoral success. Nor has Modi mentioned China, or Bangladesh in his any of his tweets, which is crucial given that both have important strategic relations with India.

    See http://www.firstpost.com/world/modi-reaches-out-to-world-leaders-on-twitter-ignores-pakistan-1533361.html

    Posted in: India's Modi quick on Twitter diplomacy; no mention of U.S.

  • 7

    House Atreides

    The US government should seize China's assets, sell them and use the proceeds to compensate the affected companies.

    Posted in: U.S. files first charges on hacking, infuriating China

  • 3

    House Atreides

    Up to 350 troops each could be stationed on three islands in the far southwest, close to the Senkakus,

    It's not a question of if China attacks but when. Just look at what the Chinese did at Damansky Island . As David Archibald states:

    The Yaeyama Islands would provide plenty of basing opportunities and have the benefit of enveloping Taiwan, significantly reducing the amount of military effort required to subjugate that island nation.

    A Chinese plan for seizing the Yaeyama Islands would likely involve staging naval exercises southeast of Taiwan and from that postion attacking the Yaeyamas from the south. This would be combined with swarming of fast missile attack boats from the mainland to the northwest. The first stage of the attack would involve Chinese special forces seizing the four airfields in the Yaeyamas, denying them to the Japanese and making the defence of the Chinese positions much easier. The Japanese may get only as little as half an hour's warning of the Chinese attack. The Chinese may be able to concentrate 40 capital ships and 40 fast attack missile boats in the Yaeyama Islands overnight. China would rush reinforcements into the airfields that it was able to capture intact. Japan would then be in a difficult position of trying to recapture the islands with a traditional opposed landing.

    If Japan wants to avoid this scenario, it had better have enough troops on these islands to deter the Chinese from attacking in the first place.

    Posted in: Japan to establish military outposts on remote islands

  • -1

    House Atreides

    The same countries that attacked Japan in 1274 continue to "lash out" at Japan. What's happening now is nothing more than Yuan Dynasty 2.0.

    Posted in: China, S Korea lash out at Japan foreign relations report

  • 5

    House Atreides

    Put RFID tags into the toilet paper roll tubes.

    Posted in: Tokushima City wages war on toilet paper bandits as 900 rolls go missing from public restrooms

  • 2

    House Atreides

    This is only going to get worse. According to population growth studies, Africa will have a population of 4 billion people by the year 2100. That's quadruple the current population. Less than 90 years from now Italy could be looking at a situation where they're picking up 16,000 people or more every 48 hours.

    Posted in: Italy picks up 4,000 migrants at sea in 4 days

  • 1

    House Atreides

    bluesea67 said: No other poorer nations will catch more and sell to Japan.

    Poorer nations? Try Australia.

    Australia's Southern Bluefin Tuna quota has been increased for the next four years. ... The 2014 quota for Australia will be just over 5,000 tonnes, an increase of 500 tonnes over last year.

    and

    The commission agreed to a 20 per cent increase to the quota over the next two years, lifting it to 5665 tonnes - the highest catch limit since 1989.

    The increase comes on top of a 32 per cent lift to the quota for the 2011 to 2013 catch.

    Port Lincoln fisherman Marcus Stehr, 48, welcomed the increase in the fishing quota, saying there was no question tuna stocks were thriving.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bluefin-tuna-fishing-quotas-to-rise-to-80s-levels/story-fn59niix-1226742029383

    Posted in: Japan to halve tuna catch in northern Pacific

  • 3

    House Atreides

    Two years ago, one Uighur made a donation of ~$1000 to a member of a fringe political party in Japan.

    That "one Uighur" was the head of the WUC. You also missed the part about the WUC meeting being held in Japan. The Uighurs that "coudn't give a damn about Japan" decided to hold their meeting in Japan.

    The World Uyghur Congress began its general assembly Monday in Tokyo, with some 120 representatives from the ethnic group's communities in more than 10 countries participating.

    China's propaganda failed with the Uighurs and it failed with its neighbors. The fact is, you only need to see the arms race going on right now in Asia to realize that no one buys China's propaganda.

    Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory

  • 5

    House Atreides

    The Uighurs couldn't give a damn about Japan, and most Japanese don't even know what a Uighur is.

    Wrong. It seems you know very little about the Uighurs. Take Rebiya Kadeer, head of the World Uyghur Congress, for instance.

    [Rebiya] Kadeer made a donation of 100,000 yen ($125) on Friday to Takeo Hiranuma, a member of parliament and the party representative of the Sunrise Party of Japan, after the meeting of the WUC assembly, and declared that she would help the Tokyo metropolitan government "buy" the [Senkaku] Islands.

    Kadeer also asserted that she hoped "Japan or the world" could buy [East Tukestan].

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/710442/Scholars-slam-WUC-heads-donation-to-Japans-bid-to-buy-Diaoyu.aspx

    As the old saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory

  • 10

    House Atreides

    They ware winning that propaganda war as well.

    The Chinese aren't even winning the propaganda war inside East Turkestan. The Chinese are so reviled there that the Uighurs are willing to lay down their lives to strike back at them.

    China is seen as the biggest threat to stability in Asia. The Australians released a paper in February pointing to China as the biggest threat to Australia. Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi told China to abandon its "expansionist attitude" while campaigning for the upcoming general election. The President of the Philippines likened China to Nazi Germany.

    "At what point do you say 'Enough is enough?' Well the world has to say it -- remember that Sudentenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II," Benigno told the New York Times in an interview.

    A court in Spain issued arrest warrants for China's former President Jiang Zemin and Prime Minister Li Peng, charging them with "genocide, torture and crimes against humanity." And on and on it goes...

    But the Chinese will still have you believe they are"winning" the propaganda war.

    Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory

  • 5

    House Atreides

    Leave the man alone.

    Posted in: Nakamoto denies he's bitcoin creator

  • 6

    House Atreides

    Japan agrees to return 300 kg of plutonium to the US and China suddenly throws a temper tantrum. Considering the way China has been doling out weapons grade nuclear material, it's China that needs to be stripped of its uranium and plutonium.

    "China, a staunch ally of Pakistan's, provided blueprints for the bomb, as well as highly enriched uranium, tritium, scientists and key components for a nuclear weapons production complex, among other crucial tools. 'Without China's help, Pakistan's bomb would not exist' said Gary Milhollin, a leading expert on the spread of nuclear weapons."

    Pakistan then helps North Korea on behalf of China.

    In June 2002, the CIA delivered a comprehensive analysis of North Korea's nuclear ambitions to President Bush "that Pakistan, one of the Bush Administration's important allies in the war against terrorism, and chief recipient of Chinese nuclear technology, was helping North Korea build the bomb." Pakistan's "A.Q. Khan, is known to have paid at least 13 visits to North Korea."

    Posted in: U.S. defends Japan against China's plutonium criticism

  • 0

    House Atreides

    There's one bit of good news. The family no longer has to worry about medical costs for the time being.

    The Accident Compensation Corporation moved to clarify the situation on Wednesday, after the hospital said it would start a donation line to help support the girl, as she didn't qualify for state-funded care.

    ACC says the girl is covered under a scheme that looks after overseas visitors injured in New Zealand and it will cover the costs of all of her medical care including surgery. It said Sakurako may also be entitled to further funding down the track, depending on her injury-related needs.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/237957/acc-to-cover-mauled-girl%27s-costs

    Posted in: 7-year-old Japanese girl mauled by 4 dogs in New Zealand

  • 1

    House Atreides

    technosphere said: Uighur separatists always make serious problems for Beijing.

    That's because the Han Chinese are always making "serious problems" for the Uighurs. As long as the Han Chinese continue to occupy East Turkestan, there are going to be casualties on both sides.

    Posted in: China blames separatists for knife attack; 33 dead, 143 wounded

  • 3

    House Atreides

    "We hope that Japan can really learn the lessons of history, respect and face up to the legitimate and reasonable security concerns of its Asian neighbors and ... take real steps to promote regional peace and stability."

    Japan is addressing the "legitimate and reasonable security concerns of its Asian neighbors", namely Vietnam, the Philippines and India, by revising its export ban on weapons. The better armed China's neighbors are, the more peaceful and stable the region will be. It's called the balance of power.

    At the core of the balance of power theory is the idea that national security is enhanced when military capabilities are distributed so that no one state is strong enough to dominate all others.

    Posted in: China worried by Japan arms exports ban revision

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    House Atreides

    China calls the Dalai Lama a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and accuses him of seeking independence for Tibet.

    And what exactly is wrong with seeking independence? China's invasion and occupation of Tibet is a "gross interference" of Tibet's internal affairs and "a severe violation of codes of international relations."

    Posted in: China urges U.S. to cancel Dalai Lama's meeting with Obama

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