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flowersApr. 11, 2015 - 03:32AM JST
“The United States warned on Thursday that China’s effort to expand its territory in the South China Sea by building on disputed islands was a threat to regional stability.” Who in the US would want to warn China? “U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter gently chided China on Friday for its approach to territorial disputes in the South China Sea,” according to ABC News.
In response, “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that no matter what anyone said or did, it would not change the facts of China's sovereignty or its determination to defend its territory. Other South China Sea claimants have done the same over the years. ‘We urge the U.S. sides to speak and act with caution, to strictly abide by their promises not to take a position on the relevant territorial ownership issue, and do more to benefit regional peace and stability and not the opposite,’ she said.” Now this may be a warning for the US to butt out.
Posted in: U.S. warns Beijing against destabilizing South China Sea
flowersMar. 29, 2015 - 05:52AM JST
It means China is playing this 'sincerity' game. Rather pathetic considering they're pretending to victims while 'showing off' their Little Emperor forces. Do people in China still believe that it was the "Resistance" that prevailed in China? Lol.
It means China is playing this 'sincerity' game. Rather pathetic considering they're pretending to victims while 'showing off' their Little Emperor forces. Do people in China still believe that it was the "Resistance" that prevailed in China? Lol.
It means you didn't know what you are talking about, you didn't even know that Japan got the invitation from China and kept denying everything. Same as Abe who tries to deny, whitewash, down-grade the atrocities that the whole world has sided with China. And, yes, if you ask any Chinese you will have the same answer that the CCP prevailed in China and now even prevail economically over the whole world. Accept it because denying it will get you nowhere except depression that Japanese seem to suffer a lot.
Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade
flowersMar. 28, 2015 - 07:46AM JST
nigelboy, keep denying it. What does the following statement mean?
“Japan’s prime minister is set to rebuff a prckly** invitation** to a Chinese military parade, as the former World War II enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history.”
Here is what insincerity is: “The Japanese side is keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious distress and damage that Japan caused to the Chinese people through its aggression against China during a certain period in the past and expressed deep remorse for this, Statement by former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama "
“According to the summary of the panel's second round debate on historical issues, the 16-member panel quibbled about "whether it is appropriate to determine that the war was an act of aggression based on present values", with the majority insisting that "Japan should not be the only one to blame as aggression was also conducted by the Allied Forces" and the word "aggression" should not be used in Abe's statement.”
Where is consistency? Where is sincerity? How can we trust the Japanese leader?
flowersMar. 28, 2015 - 06:46AM JST
nigelboy, getting angry will not help when it is the truth. Keep denying it will not help. China has always been consistent in what they say and do, but I can't say the same for Japan.
flowersMar. 28, 2015 - 05:50AM JST
Nigelboy, “on March 25th, your beloved FM response was neither confirmation or denial which begs the question if such invitation actually exist.”
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga “declined to comment on whether Abe would attend the Chinese parade.” “We have told them our country’s way of thinking regarding such an official ceremony,” he said. From this answer It clearly shows that Japan has been invited and that Abe will not be attending.
1978 was a long time ago, besides Japanese leaders couldn’t even remember that they did agree with China to put the island issue aside for the next generation to solve, so we can’t really blame China for not able to forget about the atrocities either. My point is that not only that the whole country of Chinese people will be watching the ceremony but the whole world too. A sincere apology and a commitment to follow through at this point will definitely put the issue to rest. It is a win-win for both. But I don’t think Abe will do it because it is against what he stands for. China knows it too. He always puts his political party’s and his own interest ahead of national interest. Why do you think Japan has been in the doldrums for so long? Good leaders make all the difference, but poor leaders get all the glory.
flowersMar. 28, 2015 - 02:35AM JST
“Nobody with a brain argues that military spending should be proportional to population. The expensive stuff are things like planes and ships.”
For comparison purposes, in terms of military spending for defense there must be a correlation between spending and population/territories. However, for offensive purposes much like the US, spending tends to be based on corporate America directives. I thought the most expensive costs are the labour which the US has been complaining that it is unfair, planes and ships can be a lot cheaper if the labour cost is low.
“Call it whatever you want but it still doesn't change the result nor does it have anything to do with 'sincerity'. And as to your second statement, it goes to show that the public are content with the status quo which results in lower voter turnout which in turn means considerable advantage towards the ruling party. Again, this has nothing to do with 'sincerity'.”
I guess “sincerity” seems to be an annoying word to you. Sincerity needs to be in both appearance and facts, not just saying one thing and do another. By refusing to attend the parade, Japan is admitting to the whole world that it is not at all sincere. Japan is avoiding or trying to minimize the issue at all costs. It can’t stand up and say we did it and we regretted that we did it in front of those people who really matter. Unless Japan has a hidden agenda, why not take this opportunity to free itself once and for all. Make it so that China will not have any more excuse to carry on the issue. The point is China knows that Abe will definitely not attend the ceremony because he lacks sincerity. Let me ask you this, do you really think that Abe is sincere when he said he’d uphold the previous apology statement and at one point he was trying to modify the statement or when he hired a bunch of people to advise him of what he should say on his own statement. If he can’t be sincere, then he cannot be trusted. Half of the Japanese population do not care about politics and the other half may just want to vote for the winners, and you call this democratic. I call it “democratic authoritarian state” very much like China. If you ask Chinese people, the majority of them will vote for CCP so what is the point of having an election. And, don’t say the word ‘sincerity’ again if it’s really disturbing you.
flowersMar. 27, 2015 - 07:50AM JST
OssanAmerica, confusing isn’t it in trying to distinguish between two groups of Chinese people? CCP party and KMT party are both Chinese; by your understanding it’s like saying Republican and Democrats one of which is not American. Don’t wreak your brain for that and try to accept that Chinese people fought against Japanese invaders during the War so you will feel better.
flowersMar. 27, 2015 - 06:18AM JST
Nigelboy / scipantheist, oh, yes, “US protection” money, doesn’t it sound like the Mafia? Tell me what are the chances that the opposition would be elected while less than half of the population cares about the politics. In this I think Japan and China are pretty much alike.
I find it very contradictory when Japan claiming to be peaceful yet it is one of the top 10 military spending in the world. For defense purposes, the larger the size of the country and population, the more military spending the country should have. Is this logical to you? Let’s put aside the size of the country and “peaceful” constitution for the sake of this argument, only look at the size of the population Japan spends a quarter of China’s military spending and yet it only has 1/10 of China’s population. And, the US spends 4 or 5 times more than China. Poor excuses such as “it is a non-democracy,” or “we can never know how much China actually spends,” or “we have to reach all the way across the Pacific to throw you back,” show that you are extremely gullible and trusting your government too much, and ignore the moral and conscience of being part of this world. As you said, “Japan needs to spend more,” for what? To protect itself from N Korea and China, yet claiming itself to be peaceful? What are the chances that China will attack Japan? Virtually none. N Korea will not attack Japan if the US is not provoking it. So, it’s only Japan itself that is to blame for setting itself up to be the puppet of the US or perhaps it has no choice.
flowersMar. 27, 2015 - 03:33AM JST
“70 years of peace and not a single foreign civilian killed by SDF. Japan has passed this so-called "test" which the rest of the world recognizes. While on the flip side...Nevermind.”
Ever heard of accessory to murder? Let me ask you this, did Japan ever help the US in its various missions?” Is Japan starting to export arms that will kill people? You don’t have to get your hands dirty in the killing but you are still a killer.
“Personnel costs. People in Japan make more per capita than that of China.”
There are more military personnel in China, last time I heard it has the largest army in the world and how many military personnel in Japan that lead you to believe that Japan deserves to spend so much and even when it is under US protection.
“At least Japan does hold elections and there are times when LDP has lost power as a result of those past elections. It's not LDP's fault that the oppositon party has been clueless and have failed to grasp the approval of the citizens.”
Another words, there is no point to have the election at all when you already know the result. What kind of democracy is this? A sham democracy.
“You haven't presented any 'facts' to dispute them but merely leap to a conclusion of 'deception' based on some worthless counter arguments.”
So, what I said about Japan’s lack of sincerity, huge military spending while claiming to be for peace, and only one political party in power for almost 7 decades are not facts?
flowersMar. 27, 2015 - 02:45AM JST
“By reading between the lines, it's simply another childish attempt by China to use this 'sincerity' card against Japan. It's old and tiring.” Yet, Japan kept failing the tests again and again. Either Japan is sincere or insincere, there is no middle ground. By refusing to face its cruel history and just displaying “victim” card is only confirming its insincerity. The question we should be thinking is how come Japan needs to have military spending 5 times more than China’s on per capita basis even when it’s being forced to seek peace. Also, the buzz word “democracy” that Japan presumed to have is way too far from the truth when you have only one political party in power for almost 70 years after the War. All these boil down to that Japanese people are being deceived to believe that Japan has “democracy, human rights, rule of law, and contribution to world peace,” but the facts may be something you don’t want to hear. You see a leopard is hard to change its spots.
flowersMar. 27, 2015 - 01:47AM JST
Smart China for posting a test of Japan’s sincerity. By reading between the lines, we can see that China does not expect Japan to be “sincere” enough to attend: “Earlier this month China’s foreign minister said Abe would be welcome if he is “sincere”, and that Japan should face up to its wartime past and not “lose its conscience”,” and “China’s foreign ministry regularly urges Japan to “show sincerity” over history, signalling that it does not believe Tokyo is earnest enough.” By using lame excuses such as, “Japan is asking China to improve the transparency of its military budget, so it’s impossible for the prime minister to attend,” and “We have told them our country’s way of thinking regarding such an official ceremony,” Japan has shown to the world that it is not at all “sincere” in its apology. Abe has failed this test miserably.
flowersMar. 20, 2015 - 07:42AM JST
Paul Vulaj, maybe you are confused. If “China has only one intention, to steal even the tiny islands that have never belonged to them,” the situation would have been reversed and China would have built a station on the islands by now. China put the islands dispute on the shelf for decades and we hardly heard about it until a couple years ago when Japan decided to drag it off the shelf. Japan even lied about having a verbal agreement to shelve the dispute until Britain confirmed that the agreement did exist. Why lied about it unless Japan is guilty of stealing the islands from China, and that’s not the only lie either. Now, many major European countries, starting with Britain, have trusted China enough by joining China in establishing AIIB, and you know who will be sitting on the side line? Of course, it will be Japan. Many countries took advantage of defenceless China in the past and the worst one was Japan. But China is no longer China of the past where you associated the word “communist” with distrust. China today is so advanced in so many fields and it’s on its way to become a developed country in the near future. Chinese people are now able to travel the world and they learn, and help boost tourism industries all over the globe. Trust is shown when China has brought prosperity and happiness to many countries. China is the only country in the world that has trade ties virtually with every country in the world. You see China has no real enemy that is why it’s called “middle kingdom” where every country is connected to it. So, there is really no reason not to trust China.
Tohka, glad to hear that “Xinhua is a laughable source of "truthful" information.” I always read with an open mind and always compare sources to find out the truth if there is any. I’ve found some western and Japanese media are even worse.
Posted in: Japan, China hold first security talks in 4 years
flowersMar. 20, 2015 - 04:07AM JST
According Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, 1969 map proves Diaoyu Islands belong to China.
flowersMar. 07, 2015 - 12:52AM JST
Tell me anywhere in the article that led you to believe that Xi’s remark meant a threat to Taiwan when
“Speaking to political advisers from the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League and the All-China Confederation of Taiwan Compatriots, Xi said the "1992 consensus" was the political foundation for Beijing and Taipei to build trust and hold talks to continue peaceful development **of cross-strait relations. ‘Peace is valuable and should be safeguarded**,’ Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.” Don’t try to create something out of thin air to match your own biased idea. Again, think about your conscience when you watch the news about US killing people in other countries.
Posted in: China to boost military budget by 10%
flowersMar. 06, 2015 - 08:25AM JST
“We have something called a free press in the US. Lots of questions are asked about the total level of government spending such that there is nowhere for the military spending to hide.”
Free press means nothing when there is a cover up. Can you reveal confidential military information without prosecution in the US, just yes or no? That will be the day when press freedom overrides military secrets.
“ If by "help" you mean plunder, yeah China has done that well. It is plain fact that China has the most oil contracts with Iraq.”
China is doing business; it helps those countries build infrastructures in exchange for their resources because the US already ruined their economic livelihood. Why didn’t the US stop China from benefiting from those countries when the US is supposed to be the protector of those countries? The US even helps protect the oil pipelines for China, do you know that? The US ruined their countries and has no money rebuild those countries so it has to count on China to do that.
“Merely more examples of Chinese criminal activities propping up dictators like Assad and Iran's mullahs.”
China tried to stop the bloodshed and you call that “criminal activities”. Do you still remember the story about the US illegal invasion of Iraq looking for non-existent WMD? Tell me how many people died there? How would you feel if your family got brown up into pieces? Yea, you said it yourself, “We spend money on blowing things up in the ME, not make money, “ that is the worst kind of the criminal. Think China is making money and helping those countries along the way while the US is making wars and killing people, who is worse?
“As I said in my previous comment, the US has to deter Chinese aggression on the other side of the planet.”
If you do a careful research you will find out that China was only responding to other countries’ provocation and aggression. Not an incident that China acted out of aggression but only to protect itself. Naïve people tend to believe in the press without questioning.
“What should be on your mind is that that your glorious leader Xi issued a threat just today against the tiny island of Taiwan.”
Very interesting when you said “Xi issued a threat,” please check your reading comprehension. Can you give me the source of that claim? Here is according to Taiwan News, “Xi said a day earlier at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) that cross-strait relations have developed steadily and peacefully in the past eight years with the help of the ‘1992 Consensus.’" And, "We are firmly confident that the peaceful growth of cross-strait relations is a historical trend that can be neither resisted nor reversed," Li added in his speech, a major policy address for the year ahead (Reuters). Any of these speeches considered to be a threat to you? You are right that China will stay within its border because it has no imperialist attitude as seen from the non-interference and peaceful rise policy, unlike the US. Next time when you read the news about innocent people got killed by the US drone or soldier, recheck your conscience.
flowersMar. 06, 2015 - 02:20AM JST
scipantheist, tell me something, when was the US ever not at war? When was the last time China was at war? Whenever China went to war, it was always because of provocation and it always pulled back and never made it a long and constant war. Middle East would not have been in this crisis and the IS would not have existed to cause trouble around the world had the US just minded its own business. It is the US self-interest to promote wars and not at all that other countries need defence or protection. The world would be a better place without the US interference. You said, “Also we can only guess what China actually spends since they choose to keep it hidden,” you must be naïve to think everything is above board with the US. At least if something is hidden in China it never affects other countries, but I can’t say that for the US. After the US finished damaging a country it would always be China that went in to help that country. Through the UN it is always China that tries to prevent the US from invading other countries, some successful some not. Surely people in the US are living well on the blood and sweat of other countries, so at least Chinese people have a clean conscience. The US spends in military four or five times more than that of China and you think that is justified. US caused pain, death and suffering in other countries should constantly be on your mind.
flowersMar. 05, 2015 - 06:47AM JST
To say that Japan or the US had helped China in the past and seemingly China should be forever in their debts is ridiculous. Every country in the world was helped by another country at some point. It is quite naïve to think that China would “move towards democracy and liberalization”. Though, I must say China has improved tremendously and possessed wealth faster than any country in the history of the world. It has very little to do with the helps from other countries, but its own people’s determination to succeed, its people struggling for wealth and prosperity that got China to where it is now. Without the intelligent and hard-working people, China can never succeed no matter how much money pouring into the country. Fear of China’s military expansion is unfounded. The increase in military budget is not out of line considering the size of the population, size of the country, and many chaotic crises around the world. Clearly that China needs large military budget to protect itself from outside forces as China has learned from history. China leaders travel around the world to promote business, but the largest military spender, the US, travels to promote military alliance. So, which is more fearful? We should worry more about those countries that promote wars than the ones just trying to do business like China. Even in the US people see China as an economic risk rather than a security risk. Yes, China is a threat only for those who have threaten China. Does China care about wealthy Chinese moving out of the country? Not at all. in fact, the government has encouraged them. Why do you think Xi sent best wishes during Chinese New Year to all Chinese around the world? Because no matter where they are they are still Chinese. One benefit of being Chinese living outside the country is they can take a high class tour in China at a substantially reduced rate. I really can’t blame them to be spoiled.
flowersMar. 04, 2015 - 08:53AM JST
Jeff Huffman, “China needn't break-up but it might be more effective as a federate nation …” I wonder what happened to the Soviet Union. I can tell you this everybody will want to jump the boat in time of crisis so China will definitely break up without the authoritarian government. Democratic system had been tried before and failed as it’s just not suitable for China.
“Nope. Nothing wrong at all. Just massive amounts of corruption, next to no public accountability, pervasive pollution, no freedom of speech or political or social association. Shall I go on?” I must say this, so what? Every country has gone through this path. China is still developing but it took China only 3 decades to become the world largest economy in terms of PPP. So, in a few more decades China will be the most admired country in the world and the signs are already everywhere.
“Fair point. On the other hand, China has no, as in zero, friends in the world and are unlikely to ever have any.” Are you sure about this? Perhaps, you mean “allies,” China doesn’t believe in alliance as I told you before. It believes in “partnership” and “community” so it always treats all countries as equal to achieve a win-win outcome.
“Again, Tibet,” perhaps you don’t know Tibet is a part of China as agreed by the UN and all the western worlds.
China is unique in that it is the only country that has two conflicting political systems where it can reap the benefits of both worlds. It has the largest population in the world where it moved people to middle class in the shortest time frame unprecedented in the world. China has developed its own systems that are suitable for China and as we can see the systems are not bad at all.
“They send their kids abroad because Chinese universities are, at best, second rate.” It’s true the western universities are perceived to be better but only in terms of job prospects. Education systems in China are far ahead of the western education according to various international test scores. You will find that Chinese people are smart in that they will find a way to advance themselves.
“Where success is measured primarily on your abilities rather than whether your father is a local "communist" official or sufficient bribes can be paid to the local "communist" official.” Chinese call it “relationship,” and believe me in the western high society rich kids will always find a better job too.
You can find many negative things to say about China from your point of view, but there is one thing that everybody can agree on that is China holds the largest foreign reserve in the world, which says a lot about its success..
Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
flowersMar. 04, 2015 - 04:26AM JST
Some western values are not suitable for a society as large as China especially when we talk about democracy. We should not confuse freedom with democracy. China has been opening up and Chinese people now enjoy more freedom than in the past, more and more restrictions have been removed, so it is on the progressive path. You can imagine if certain country interferes and causes chaos, a breakup of a country as huge as China will lead a flood of Chinese people pouring to other countries causing troubles and strains to the whole world. It is better to let China leads its own path besides there is nothing wrong with China right now. We didn’t see China causing damages to other countries like what’s happening in the Middle East, we didn’t see China forming any military alliances, we didn’t see China committed political interference, and we didn’t see China setting up military bases in other country. We only know that China just wants to do business. So, we can save to say that China wants to be the “middle kingdom” where any country in the world can approach to do business without any conditions or prejudice. Don’t try to judge China or compare China to other democratic countries. China is unique. More than 500 million Chinese people travel the world in a year and the Westerners create numerous bad stories about them calling them uncivilized and ill-manner, but fail to mention that they bring prosperity to every corner of the world. Chinese people are flexible and adaptable and they send their kids to other countries to learn and advance, unlike the Westerners who are self-absolved and short-sighted thinking that China is suffering from the brain drain. In fact, Xi has encouraged Chinese people to send their kids aboard with the longer view that they will become a link or connection to the main land Chinese. If Chinese people are everywhere in the world, doing business would be much easier and some of them may even bring back what they learned to improve the country. So, western values if inappropriate for the society they are deserved to be criticized and rejected.
flowersJan. 23, 2015 - 08:18AM JST
It’s sad to know that Japanese have the wrong perception of themselves after reading this, “Alaaeddin Al Zaim, who had worked with Goto in Syria previously, says he warned him not to enter the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. ‘I tell him it's not safe for you,’ Al Zaim told CNN. But Goto chose to go anyway, saying, "I am not American, I am not British. I'm Japanese. I can go," Al Zaim recalled.” Now we know that Japanese people are no longer safe in the Middle-East. Don’t you feel mad that all of a sudden you are no longer considered to be peaceful people, so now Japanese government is trying to prevent this crisis from spiraling out of control.
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May. 04, 2015 - 07:04PM JST
The jerk that interviewed Pacquiao after the match really deserved to be knocked out cold.
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"current Ukranian NAZIs"??
How can the moderators leave this comment? Biased maybe?
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