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SentimentsMar. 05, 2014 - 01:34PM JST
And there we go again. So China is stating that they decide what is their land and sea borders and if anyone provokes them (that is, I guess, have a different opinion) they may use their military, efficiently. Well I think they may be trying to surf on Putins mess in Ukraine. Whats next, People of Chinese descendent in S.K and Vietnam are feeling threatened by local fascists so the Chinese army needs to invade to protect them?
With these kind of political 19 century attitudes I guess there is no other way for Chinas neighbors than to develop and strengthen their military. The bullies will not stop bullying by themselves.
Posted in: China says its military will respond to provocations
SentimentsFeb. 26, 2014 - 04:07PM JST
Protection against revisionism (in the non-scientific meaning) is always good. But this seems to be about more than that. The idea of commemorating is definitely good if it is all about helping the Chinese people to get over bad memories and lost relatives from that time. However somehow, or rather recent developments has made it increasingly hard to believe that that may be the point. Could the Chinese gov. be so cynical in their imperialist ambitions (superpower ambitions) that they would use their own peoples sentiments for political purposes? Instead of help to relieve peoples pain the idea could work to increase the tension, create hate. Na that can't be.. or could it?
Posted in: China mulls days to remember defeat of Japan, Nanjing Massacre
SentimentsFeb. 26, 2014 - 12:34AM JST
I believe Xi also understands that continuing to stereotype modern Germany as nazi-germany by bringing the old topic up can be seen as politically and personally insensitive or even offensive. If Xi plays this card in the propaganda war with Abe he is certainly willing to risk a lot.
Posted in: China, with eye on Japan, seeks WW2 focus for Xi during Germany visit
SentimentsFeb. 25, 2014 - 04:36PM JST
Well the plan for the visit in Germany is an interesting move from China. However I think China will discover that the Germany has no interest to desperately cling to the past. If I understand Angela well she will give Xi a polite rejection by either stating the obvious, declining to comment or just pretend to agree when Xi makes a statement. Maybe China will learn something.
SentimentsFeb. 25, 2014 - 04:24PM JST
This is a tricky development. Who invited these two numbnuts into the debate? And why did they think that their opinions matter/or vice versa? I hope it not based on a set up by some investigative journalist. If they indeed are extreme right wing revisionists, incapable of understanding historical events, I think they should be sacked. Give them a seat in one of the right wing vans and let them declare their political position in public.
Posted in: Kishida tries to distance gov't from right-wing statements
SentimentsFeb. 18, 2014 - 09:29PM JST
I think Highball gave a good view of the matter. Specifically about the economy. On the political arena a pragmatic viewpoint goes a long way. However a pragmatic viewpoint could be a problem when one part seems to be looking to subdue the other one and serve some old payback. It could also be a problem if Japan wants to develop but the neighbors insist in keeping them in the current position, or at least choose which way they may develop. I think the main part of the Abe agenda is not about old school militarism but a matter of the sense of true independence, and of course the estimated effect of national pride. Its easy for independent nations to take these things for granted but what about Japans position? At some point the war guilt has to end. When it does they will have the opportunity to say that they choose peace as their political policy, without anyone coercing them or feeding them statements. If Japan prefers to identify with the west rather than China, what is the big deal. Proximity does not equal identification. Small groups of extreme right wingers will always shout about their inferiority, sorry superiority ;-) but I think the Japanese population has abandoned such ideas a long time ago. Today it is about prosperity and how to achieve that in a situation when the global economy is the one to really worry about.
So far we have not seen much more than angry rhetorics in the conflict. Maybe there is still time for negotiations, of course given that the parties can meet with a reasonable level of mutual respect.
Posted in: Suga rejects claims Japan lurching toward militarism
SentimentsFeb. 18, 2014 - 08:45PM JST
The situation in South China sea can't be much clearer than this. China is trying to project power by avoiding the public eye, using the same tactics as classic american gangsters. Imagine Capone gathering all shop keepers in Chicago to one meeting in city hall where he offers protection. Why did he prefer to go to one shop at the time for a private conversation? Maybe the Chinese political tactics are inspired by old movies. And of course if you can't scare them in to submission you can always try to buy them off with humongous investments.
Posted in: Asia-Pacific stability depends on success of ASEAN code of conduct: Kerry
SentimentsFeb. 18, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
Ok and yet another opportunity for Abe. Now he can make up some idea that that they will return it the same day as China starts decommissioning there nuclear arms. This political conflict is a dream for researchers in political science.
Posted in: China concerned at Japan holding weapons-grade plutonium
SentimentsFeb. 13, 2014 - 03:56PM JST
Highball. Yep it is one more punch in the political boxing game. Id call it an irritating left jab with no other purpose than to irritate and put a little political pressure on the Chinese. China is responding with wild swings but seem to have a hard time hitting the opponent. Yep Abe is showing whose boss in political trashing.
Of course by getting involved Abe takes a risk of loosing the image of japan as the country with a peaceful and cool mind. I guess a chance to change the constitution may be worth it for Abe.
Posted in: China criticizes Japan's move to seek compensation over 2010 ship collision
SentimentsFeb. 12, 2014 - 10:57PM JST
I think the Chinese gov is getting frustrated. They don't seem to understand that all badmouthing and provocations along borders simply strengthens Abe. Abe is better skilled in political trashing.
I think the Chinese gov will get more and more frustrated until they reach the point of breaking (loose the mask), and either shut him up by physical means or choose to withdraw and bide their time.
Posted in: Chinese state media slam Abe's 'gangster logic'
SentimentsFeb. 05, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Well it will be interesting to see what the official plan will contain. This is going to be a hot potato for Abe so Im guessing there is a need for some kind of incident with the Chinese soon again.
Posted in: Japan should lift ban on collective defense, says gov't panel
SentimentsFeb. 04, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
It is quite possibly that the ADIZ has very little to do with the Senkakus. Should japan give up the Senkakus the Chinese ADIZ will be extended much further, possibly up to or even over Okinawa. That said the ADIZ is not about the Senkakus but about establishing air control over as much space as possible. This chess game has much more to do with the US presence and early warning systems as a preparation to the coming big fight.
Posted in: China says Japan's 'hype' on air defense zone spreads tension
SentimentsFeb. 01, 2014 - 01:26PM JST
Well step by step the picture is becoming clearer, China has adopted an expansionistic policy and will try to enforce its needs on their neighbors, control anything that it can grab. When this ADIZ is officially declared I guess you pro-china commentators will finally run out of breath. Who will consider the needs of the smaller countries?
Posted in: China considering new Air Defense Identification Zone over South China Sea: report
SentimentsJan. 30, 2014 - 04:36PM JST
On the contrary Mitch, I can think of Yasukuni from both a rational and an emotional point of view. I understand that you are attempting to brand Yasukuni as some sort of a centre for hate but you already know that millions of Japanese people has good reasons to go to Yasukuni, simply because the spirits of their relatives are there. Abes visit is of course political. He wants to change the overall situation and gain domestic support. Im not sure that his game will work. From what I hear the people of Japan is not as easily fooled as many try to sell in this forum. But of course the constant critic and the bickering on the average Japanese citizen (not to mention the racist remarks) will of course sooner or later create bad blood. I cant think of anyone over the world that would not react in such a way. And then of course Abes policy will be the easiest way to get back on the complainers. It might just be enough to affect next election.
Posted in: China, S Korea, Japan spar at U.N. over Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit
SentimentsJan. 29, 2014 - 02:31AM JST
I think tinawatanabe may have a good point. Could this be an example of Japan changing strategy because they are completely fed up with the never ending criticism from S.K. and China? Of course this type of act, in a symbolic sense, has also been played by many other countries when involved in diplomatic tensions. For instance it could be a means to get a better position before negotiations. Later on they could give something to the opponent by promising to re-revise the textbooks. What would China give in response, withdrawing the borders of the ADIZ?
Posted in: Japan revises teaching manuals, says disputed islands its territory
SentimentsJan. 28, 2014 - 04:16PM JST
Wow such a statement could be considered very provocative, I mean since it aims for the future. If Abe continues on this road they will soon be in a position similar to China and S.K., that is teach kids that there is no budging and no reconciliation whatsoever. I guess it means Abe is willing to raise the stakes in this game. He must have something hidden in the sleeve.
SentimentsJan. 27, 2014 - 11:33PM JST
Gokai, I agree. Your pointing to a much more disturbing problem all over the world. The general interest for history is declining. Maybe it is fiction that is taking over. Extreme left and right-wingers are getting more organized, ready to re-write history in their own favor. In this context the issue about the japanese people knowing of and understanding their own history from ww2 could actually give a perfectly opposite result. Maybe Japan would score the highest on a scale of understanding history.
Posted in: China, Japan open German front in diplomatic war
SentimentsJan. 25, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
Soon China is going to have to recalculate the importance of the Senkakus. I think it is starting to cost them much more than they could ever gain from them, unless their is a bigger plan behind of course. Abes moves is making China loose face in the international community.
Posted in: China hits back at Abe over World War I analogy
SentimentsJan. 24, 2014 - 04:43PM JST
Aussie Musashi. You´re missing the point. Abes mission is to change the view of Japan and these statements are part of a long term campaign both internally and externally. Of some reason Xi is either occupied with other stuff or he´s deliberately playing in to his hands. Any way Abe is making progress and where is Chinas response?
Posted in: Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences
SentimentsJan. 24, 2014 - 04:30AM JST
Must say that I think she made a rather cleaver political comment on the issue. A demand for change by Abe would just be yet another comment in the same line as several others has stated lately. Would most likely lead to no response or a a rather lame critical response. By going the other way, confirming some change and the positive developmental aspects of Abes statements she may succeed in open for dialogue about the issue. This is basic psychology in the diplomatic school. So maybe its not just the name that gave her the position, she's got some political skills.
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Mar. 12, 2014 - 02:31AM JST
That is one fearsome looking plane.
Posted in: Japan scrambles jets against Chinese military planes
Mar. 12, 2014 - 02:29AM JST
Japan says it has no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology
Posted in: Japan says it has no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology
Mar. 12, 2014 - 02:28AM JST
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