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SentimentsAug. 23, 2016 - 09:00PM JST
Just a note about the argument that China has a peaceful mindset, at least if we look at history. I think that it is common sense to state that building military strength is about the ability to go to war, should it be necessary.
Few nations or any other groups would consider war from a weak position. The land grabbing rhetoric that we see starting a few years back is a direct consequense of military and economic power.
Maybe the Chinese leadership fails to understand that with power comes responsibility. Now they are showing or at least underlining to the whole region that military might is what counts. Basically leading the global development backwards. Disappointment.
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SentimentsAug. 13, 2016 - 02:01PM JST
Just a note. I’m not sure it is very accurate to say that China lost the short war with Vietnam. They certainly lost a lot of material and men, but they also achieved most of their goals, to the extent they are known. However most importantly is that China pulled out before the Vietnamese forces could accomplish any serious loss of face to them. So maybe it would be better to call it a tie.
Posted in: China determined to battle on two fronts as North Asian tensions spike
SentimentsAug. 11, 2016 - 06:13PM JST
Hmm such a small issue to the media could of course be the US stating in the mildest possible way "that we see what you are doing and if you challenge Japan we have all the excuse we need to "correct" the whole situation. There are still a number of hawks in Washington so it would not surprise me.
SentimentsAug. 10, 2016 - 01:13AM JST
Why doesn't Japan consider to let China have the Senkakus. What would bet the consequence of such a step? I speculation could be as follows.
Scenario 1. Chinas achilles heel is energy. They need to create a secure supply to their industries and equipment. China would explore the area to with many many more oil and gas platforms. Of course all protected by a strong military presens.
Scenario 2. Maybe it could take up to six months before the Chinese military had Senkakus fully militarised. But the point would not be to strangle Japans position in a first step, it would be to create an iron ring around Taiwan. Islands are much better military posts and can defend against Japanese or US forces trying to aid Taiwan when the Chinese military invade. Only after that Okinawa would be in the eyesight. Maybe it is better for everyone if Japan keep control over the Senkakus for the time being.
Posted in: Japan protests over China's radar unit near disputed waters
SentimentsAug. 09, 2016 - 01:16AM JST
Well a confrontational policy may start on or in the sea but you can bet it would soon escalate to the air. The only serious power China can project against Japan on short term is missiles. What then? It seems pointless to let it escalate to start with.
Posted in: Japan urges China not to escalate East China Sea tension
SentimentsAug. 09, 2016 - 01:09AM JST
It is true that the US economy is in bad shape. However if the US would consider to not enter every possible unsolvable conflict for a few years I bet the economy would recover quite well.
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SentimentsAug. 08, 2016 - 01:32AM JST
Well Trump may just be the kind of candidate China and Russia would choose to back. If he gets elected and persistently avoids good advisers it would only be matter of time until the US goes down on its knees by internal conflicts and lack of external respect. Then China and Russia can start dictating their order to the rest of the world. But of course it is only until they start getting suspicious about when the other is going to stab them in the back of course... and so it goes on...
SentimentsJul. 26, 2016 - 05:02PM JST
In a sense the issue can be boiled down to the US and China, but it probably is at bit too simplistic. As I understand the issue it is about every nations rights in an international perspective. Post ww II the US has asserted its influence in Asia mainly because of the perceived communist threat. I think the logic behind such a political stance was rather simple. If you let the perceived threat grow from small to big it may become a very serious threat (Hitlers land grabbing in fresh memory). Imagine a situation in which most of Asias countries could have been under the communist ideology umbrella. The political agenda of the US could of course be interpreted as right or wrong depending on viewpoint. Now it is quite clear that Chinas nationalists and current government are pushing ridiculous claims about historical rights in a land grabbing effort. Is this any different than the cold war political game played by the Soviets and US?
From an international perspective and in late modern times lets assume that every nation has rights: If every nation with a long or short history starts claiming lands lost at some point in history, the global situation could be spelled with tree words, third world war. Lets say for the case of stability and prosperity for all nations regardless of military muscles, that every nation have to abide by international law and actually accept that the ruling may go against their interest. The social contract of the international community cannot function unless the member nations acccept the rules. So the stability and prosperity is dependent on every nations participation. However Chinas government has been very clear about that they do not accept any other ruling than one that favours them. Thus it seems clear that China does not respect anyone else and that the only thing with relevance in a dispute is economical and military might. So I guess Chinas main message to the international community is clear. China defines who has stability and prosperity and the rest can follow. I dont know how you think but to me it certainly seems that someone is still living in the cold war era.
Posted in: U.S., Japan, Australia step in for weak Southeast Asia to chide China
SentimentsJul. 05, 2016 - 05:50PM JST
Interesting and well used arguments in history.
A bit simplified, Argentina said that the the Falkland islands belonged to them, basically by proximity. The people living there did not and neither did Maggie. War broke out and people died.
A certain German leader some 80 years ago managed to lure people by grabbing one piece of land at the time. Every time the rhetoric about the piece became bigger and more intricate until everyone understood what was going on. War broke out and people died.
Chinese leaders started "taking back" what according to themselves was always theirs. The international community did not agree, War...
SentimentsApr. 05, 2016 - 12:02PM JST
Well the Japanese resolve to protect this area is probably the only reason it has not yet been transformed into a Chinese military base. I think this must be clear to any rational mind following the news the last years. The Chinese policy seem to be - if its not protected its ours.
SentimentsNov. 17, 2015 - 08:54PM JST
And yet another foot in the mouth comment from China. How is it possible to keep repeating such statements over time? It struck me the other day that if everyone else is regarded as ignorant, then the comments from China would seem reasonable. Could it be that Chinas government has taken on the great emperors views from old?
Posted in: China says it could have seized other islands in South China Sea but has shown restraint
SentimentsAug. 29, 2015 - 01:23PM JST
Fantastic, when you think China may in fact be learning something about international relations they find a way to sink even lower. Its not easy to keep some respect for the Chinese state. When are the Chinese people going to do something about their leadership?
Posted in: Japan protests China news agency's call for emperor apology
SentimentsAug. 10, 2015 - 01:00PM JST
What about the events leading to ww2 in the pacific? A peaceful but still somewhat aggressive blockade of resources was part of the reason why Japan attacked Pearl. A blockade is not an invasion but it most certainly affects the ambitions and livelyhood of a country. Thus would a blockade of goods be a reasonable reason to go to war? Following the retorics about disputes in asian waters, today it seems it is not only a matter of a factual blockade but also a matter of having an idea of being under blockade (or loosing influence).
Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war?
SentimentsAug. 07, 2015 - 02:50PM JST
Thus follows, there must be something wrong with the (current) human way.
I guess circumstances could be part of a moral standpoint for or against war. Consider this: Its absolutely wrong to start a war unless it is to stop an aggressors attacks on someone else.
Posted in: Their claims are based on their self-centered and extremely egoistic thinking that they don't want to go to war. We can blame postwar education for such widespread selfish individualism.
SentimentsJul. 08, 2015 - 08:47PM JST
It does indeed sound like a Yasukuni look-a-like. Well here is another thought for China, use the exhibition to show both Chinese and Japanese victims of war. That could probably make some people in the West start taking Chinese peaceful intentions a little more seriously. The ridiculous "hidden" nationalistic and expansionistic rhetoric convinces nobody.
Posted in: China opens exhibition to mark war victory over Japan
SentimentsJun. 29, 2015 - 01:36PM JST
Different words but the same rhetoric’s as always from China. "A Japanese friend... just happened to think exactly as I do"- Yeah sure, what is this, basics in rhetorics class? Consider what the implications of Japan accepting Chinas rise, the way China wants, would mean. Basically it could mean that Japan would have to bow down or stand on its knees in front of Chinas might. China should have the right to dictate who owns what for every other country in the region. Yes once upon a time China was a big regional power and that is probably the worst possible argument for trying to legitimate a similar position in modern times. When China starts showing some truly peaceful actions beneficial for all rather than landgrabbing and historically based war mongering, I will start listening.
Posted in: China says many in Japan not ready to accept its rise
SentimentsApr. 16, 2015 - 02:55PM JST
The world is clearly in a progressing division, east - west, between religious fundamentalisms and economy. As tension raises I guess everyone wonders where the igniting spark will be that set the world on fire. South China sea?
Maybe it is the bubbly global economy that drives this process. It might even be globalization that is going from larva to a butterfly and a lot of people will have to pay the prize for the transformation.
Lets see if UN can step up and actually do something worthy of its mandate.
Posted in: Japan scrambling warplanes as often as during Cold War era
SentimentsMar. 26, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
Well sometimes splitting hairs can be fun but this issue is already clear enough. Unless the asian countries and the state of Hawaii actually invited imperialist Japan to shoot and bomb their populations it was aggression. The emotions from the war cabinet may have been fear of a prolonged oil embargo and western colonisation but it is still aggression, pure and simple. How hard can it be?
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SentimentsMar. 12, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
Well the grexit is one way and it could work. Unfortunately I think a Grexit scenario may also lead to a serious increase of civil unrest (possibly civil war) which would be a perfect horror scenario. Therefore a painful bet reasonably stable austerity treatment is a better way for everyone. Greece pride and economy is seriously hurt and the blame should be passed on to a row of incompetent political leaders.
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SentimentsMar. 11, 2015 - 06:46PM JST
WilliB: Couldn't agree more. However I think that the major players in EU has already decided on an hard line option. But first they want to see if Alexis was mostly talk and accepts to come around after some time with rhetorics. If he does it is better for everyone (except his governments prestige) and if he doesn't, it is time to let Greece float on its own. Maybe China will be interested.
I feel sorry for the Greek people.
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