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    flowers

    Nationalization caused a change in status quo. It is naive to argue that was no change in status. Because of this change Japanese government tried to deny and lie about the existence of the agreement to shelve the dispute between Japanese and Chinese leaders back in the 70’s. It was later confirmed by Britain that the agreement did exist and of course Japanese government lied about it. This was definitely cast doubt on the Japanese claim that there was no dispute. Japanese government created the mess and blamed China for not sitting still. In fact, there was a discussion between the two leaders about the proposal to nationalize the islands and Chinese leader had opposed to the idea, and yet the next day Japanese government went ahead with the nationalization knowing full well about the consequences. Japanese government thought that the benefits from the change in status quo outweigh the troubles. Japan lost its credibility and Abe had to travel the world trying to garner supports but in the end out of so many countries Abe visited only the Philippines that totally play along. Japan has made many Philippines’ government officials so much richer.

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    flowers

    This news is becoming stale. If you have followed the news you would know that Japan’s always used armed ships and jets in the disputed areas in the attempt to show strength but always wants to count on US supports. It was all started by Japanese government. Japanese government broke its own words, changed the status quo, and created all these mess just to help out the US boost its image and arms sale in Asia. Japan in turn gained the benefits of changing the Constitutions and exporting arms. Every so often the US would send someone to stir things up a little, heck the US has been saying this “defending Japan” for years but can’t really do anything to China. Don’t expect China to start the fight as long as China can assert its sovereignty in that area inch by inch it will be satisfied. Notice that nobody dares to stop or prevent China from doing what it is doing all along. Words are cheap especially now coming from the US, how often the red lines have been broken? We can see the fear of uttering any more red lines. This in a way is good for the world. Sometimes some people would ask why didn’t Japan just put some people on the islands and be done with it. Do any of you know the reasons why it can’t do that? Believe me China always has the upper hand.

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    flowers

    Both sides put on quite a show. Notice that after the incident the US immediately denied that they were challenging China’s sovereignty and that the action did not target China. Obama and Xi already agreed to this incident way in advance. Western media is so muted about the incident. “Apparently attempting to avoid further stoking Chinese anger, the White House stuck to its plan to keep its comments relatively low-key in the aftermath of the patrol, portraying it as a routine ‘freedom of navigation operation’ that did not assert any ‘special specific U.S. rights,’ and “Another U.S. official said a key reason for the lengthy internal deliberations was to be sure that every possible measure was being taken to minimize the risk of a U.S.-China military confrontation at sea. Having Obama and other senior U.S. officials publicly telegraph the likelihood of a naval patrol in the area was part of a “no surprises” strategy toward the Chinese, the official said,” according to Reuters. So, they all acted in concert, “China said two of its vessels had shadowed the USS Lassen. Another US official said there had been ‘routine’ communication between the US and Chinese ships.”

    According to the Diplomat, China displayed a quite a restraint, “But China’s development of the South China Sea does not mean using force to change the status quo. That is why China’s new leaders have built islands rather than resorting to military means. And ‘Rather, the policy has only solidified China’s control over the features it already occupies, preventing them from being seized by others in the future. In that sense, the basic status quo has not changed.’ ”

    Another thinking by the Diplomat, “the U.S. FONOPs are actually a reaction to Washington meeting strong Russian resistance in Syria and other geopolitical hot spots. Because Moscow has “checked” the U.S. in the global chess match, the thinking goes, the U.S. military turned to the Asia-Pacific to flex its muscles.” And also, “The perceived goal here is to demonstrate to Japan, the Philippines, and other U.S. allies in Asia that Washington can sufficiently control the local great power.” However, “Beyond the sphere of U.S. treaty allies, senior Taiwanese and Indonesian officials also voiced little public endorsement in the immediate aftermath of the FONOP, instead calling for the peaceful resolution of disputes and exercise of restraint by all parties. There was no immediate reaction from Vietnam, Malaysia, or India.” Also,” Royal Australian Navy frigates will proceed with a long-planned training exercise with Chinese sailors next week, despite rising military and diplomatic tensions in the South China Sea,” according to ABC News.

    Chinese nationalism is up, “In fact, the response to the USS Lasser’s maneuvers from Chinese media and netizens alike is similar to the reactions after two of the worst crises in U.S.-China relations: the 1998 U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, and the collision of a U.S. EP-3 plane with a Chinese F-8 fighter jet in 2001.” But government media called for “calm”, this is really strange it is as though the government seemed to play along with the US. Look at this, “A tough stance against China might neutralize a potential Republican campaign point against Democratic Party leadership during the 2016 presidential campaign.” Yes, it’s all just politics.

    China is one step ahead though, “We will explain to the United States the purpose of conducting joint sea patrols in the South China Sea by ASEAN countries and China, Indonesia’s defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said.” So, there is no longer a need for the US to patrol in the areas.

    But what so interesting is, “China has not previously made any officials claims that the two features do have territorial sea status.” So the whole 12 nautical mile territorial sea idea is all made up by the West. “China has not emphasized the ‘12 nautical miles.’ It is the US that helps us to build and reinforce this concept. Then, it is fine for us to accept the ‘12 nautical miles’ and we have no intention to accept 13 or more than 13 nautical miles,” as stated in the Global Times.

    For China the benefit is, “The U.S. intrusion would give China a more legitimate reason to militarize these maritime features. The logic is this: the U.S. started this game and we are just responding to it.” Well, that is what China has responded, “if relevant parties insist on creating tensions in the region and making trouble out of nothing, it may force China to draw the conclusion that we need to strengthen and hasten the buildup of our relevant capabilities."

    If it happens again, “The US should not be overconfident about its ability to steer clear of collision. The sea is no less safe than the airspace. If history can serve as a guide, it should remind people how US cruiser Yorktown was bumped by former Soviet frigate Bezzavetnyy in the Black Sea in 1988, though the US was also exercising its "innocent passage" right,” according to the Global Times.

    “The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has clear provision about the safety of navigation, freedom of navigation and innocent transit, Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the United States said, noting the United States is not a party to the global treaty.” But ‘commercial navigation and military navigation are not the same thing,’ Lu said.” “It's a clear attempt to escalate the situation and to militarize the region.” According to the Journal’s report, the Lassen did not conform to “innocent passage” standards under UNCLOS. “Beijing holds no "excessive claim" of sovereignty in South China Sea. Its entitlement to relevant South China Sea islands and reefs is well documented and validated in history.” “The freedom of navigation and overflight has never been jeopardized, despite the complicated territorial rows between China and some of its neighbors. That is in large part due to the shared resolve of relevant parties to keep the sea peaceful, and in no smaller part thanks to China's restraint.”

    But as stated in Shanhaiist, “Of course, when they sail past China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, U.S. sailors may have to be tied to the mast like Odysseus to keep them from frantically swimming to the land of vegetable gardens and cute female soldiers.”

    Posted in: China warns U.S. Navy after ship sails by Chinese-built island

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    flowers

    OssanAmerica, “Who has Japan invaded since Abe took office?” I wonder those Japanese who got their heads chopped off by the terrorists might have a different story to tell. Abe just shattered the peaceful image of Japan recently so nobody in the world thinks that Japan is still peaceful any more. Funny that you said “all of Asia is upset,” I can see only Japan and the Philippines that are still playing with fire, the rest have welcome China with open arms. I heard that China just held a high level military meeting with Asean in China and it will be set to be annual event. Maybe they got together to share a Peking duck!

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    flowers

    Jeff HuffmanOCT. 17, 2015 - 06:43AM JST, you are wrong. What I described to you is in fact the average middle-income Chinese. If they are the wealthiest of Chinese then considering the large number of them will put the West to shame. I know a lot of them and I don’t think they are among the wealthiest. According to you over 900 million Chinese are poor so there must be some kind of shelters for them or you think they are just wondering around and begging for food. I don’t think they have any shelters for poor people there unlike the West. Yes, there are some people living on the streets but the numbers are not staggering, the same here in the West. Here is what in the news, “The Chinese government will enact more support policies to lift the country's 70 million poor people above the poverty line by 2020, President Xi Jinping pledged on Friday ahead of the 23rd International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.”

    Why do you think that “PPP is a poor gauge of wealth and per capita GDP means everything?” GDP per capita means nothing when you in the West are in so much debts, at least the Chinese have saved up for the rainy days. China can weather the storm better than the West can and the past records have shown that. China is a developing country but it’s hardly a poor country, well at least it is one of the largest creditors of the US. So if China is rich how come they have 900 million poor Chinese without any social crisis, this doesn’t make any sense. The prediction from the West that China is collapsing has been wrong for decades already. When a country is rich and the government has control on almost everything, how do you think it is going to collapse?

    Posted in: Survey finds China passes U.S. in number of billionaires

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    Jeff HuffmanOCT. 16, 2015 - 07:00AM JST, “That's middle-income (class is a social marker) by Chinese standards.”

    Look around you and read more, more Chinese people are travelling around the world, they spend a lot more money buying expensive gifts for friends and relatives, they are able to send their kids abroad to study that require them to pay substantial more tuition fees than the locals, they own their expensive cars and houses out right without mortgage, the so called “ghost towns” are owned by the middle-income earners as their second or third property for investment, they are not in debt up to their neck like people in the West, etc. Based on Purchasing Power Parity, Chinese people are at the top. Don’t forget that a dollar is not worth the same very where, so for the same item it may be cheaper in China. GDP meant nothing when you compare with the size of the population so China will always look poor on average. You should look at their savings rate and debts. In the West a lot of people are in the negative wealth position, a large chunk of their income goes towards paying down debts and interest. Middle income people in China have the same living standards as the West but without any debts. So who do you think is better off? By the way, do you know that last year the number of Chinese billionaires were lower than the US by a wide margin? With all those negative news on China how come the Chinese are getting richer?

    Posted in: Survey finds China passes U.S. in number of billionaires

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    flowers

    “Consider this: according to a report from Credit Suisse, there are now 109 million adults in the Chinese middle class. That officially makes China home to the largest middle-class population in the world, larger than that of the U.S. and Canada combined,” Financial Post reported.

    “Hoogewerf, chief researcher at Hurun, said that Hurun is only able to identify roughly 50% of the country's billionaires, and that 15% of China's wealth is hidden from the public,” CNN reported.

    “To a reasonable level of accuracy there’s no one in China in the bottom 10% of the world’s population by wealth. And yet there’s some 10% of those global poor in North America, and another 20% or so in Europe. So, yes, it really is true that there’re more poor people in America (and Europe) than there are in China,” according to Credit Suisse Wealth Report.

    China’s really earned the respect and admiration from the World.

    Posted in: Survey finds China passes U.S. in number of billionaires

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    flowers

    Forgive me to say this, democracy and freedom in Japan are dimming like candle burning at the end of the stick that attached to a nice beautiful fish tank. This bill is not the end of it though, folks. It will be a small crack that eventually renders the whole glass base to crumble. Next thing you know Japan will be involved in a war it doesn’t really know why. Army will be busy recruiting and establish bases. God bless allies, Japan will die with thee. In the end Uncle Sam will desert Japan and cozy up with China for their best interest at heart, so what is left for Japan? More like a fish falling from the broken aquarium to the floor, fluttering and holding onto its last breath, not realizing that it’s not an ocean underneath the tank

    Posted in: Diet panel to vote on security bills amid chaos

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    flowers

    How come Japan is on the list. They must have made a mistake. Japan is a peaceful country and not at all a two-faced nation. More troubles are coming to Japan. Why? Japanese government is cheering with their thumbs up, meeting its hidden agenda is crucial. Separate section for the deaths should be set up at Yasukuni Shrine and special tribute at the nearby museum should be displayed for the future death tolls.

    Posted in: Japan boosts embassy security worldwide after IS threat

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    flowers

    Bait = tax refund, hook = sales tax, sinker = card readers. Clever politicians vs. naïve people.

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    flowers

    Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

    “Unfortunate history” does sound more like natural disaster. Maybe Japanese soldiers happened to blow their way into China and killed the Chinese unintentionally. “Horrific history” was more like it.

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    flowers

    OK, let’s put the blame on China and oil prices. Abe’s administration is not to blame at all, everything is out of their controls. Sh*t happens, you know. Forget about the inflation goal of 2%, it’s too hard to achieve. As a consolation, Abe is going to be around for quite some time because not a single person in Japan can challenge him. Get it right, Japan is democratic not at all authoritarian. Abe can get anything through without any sweat as seen from Secrecy Law and now change of Constitution. No, No, No, Japan loves peace, so it has the right to sell and bear arms and in the future Japanese soldiers will die with their allies. Bright Japanese students are expressing their freedom by starving themselves for some brief moment of flame. One of those four may turn out to be PM of Japan someday, they just have to learn politics from Abe. Heck, economists are sometimes proven wrong so why not get another sales tax increase in again, not to worry there are plenty of other excuses that can be used. Japanese people are so smart, well at least half of them believe so that Abe can make a change for them and go beyond the normal. You see the labour index still looks good, brought it out fast so that people can have a chance to appreciate. There must be more other good indexes or news to bring up, maybe mention about the debt levels.

    Posted in: Japan inflation flat; household spending slips

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    nigelboy,

    “On top of that, apology should be 'official' where it should be passed by both houses of legislature with a final signature from the POTUS. They should also make a law that makes such actions illegal. This should be placed on every U.S. textbook (don't whitewash). And any official and/or lawmakers who defies these actions would simply be translated to insincerity where it cancels everything out.”

    After reading your comment a thought came to my mind that Japan might apply it for China and Korea. Well, this is what the US always does, and always blames others when they do the same. This is what allies do to allies, but not friends. Do you think the US trusts Japan with a one foot pole? Obviously you don’t, otherwise you wouldn’t come up with the above comment.

    Posted in: Obama says sorry to Japan over WikiLeaks claims of U.S. spying

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    nigelboy,

    "Just an obvious trend. The absurdity still continues."

    if it's a trend why go against it? Absurdity only lies in the deep naivety.

    "He's on his own. Hey. At least you have Murayama attending!!!"

    That's strange. Are they in a different pack?

    "For some unknown reason, you brought up AIIB. I simply pointed out the ridiculous nature of a debtor trying to position herself as a willing creditor to allegedly help "those countries in needs". It's comical."

    if China is a debtor nation, the whole world would be in deep trouble. As they said when China sneezes the rest of the world will catch a cold. I've never heard Japan has such an impact on the world. Let me ask you this besides cars what other products can Japan compete? Korean cars are getting a lot better and Chinese cars are on the way to north America. So, the rest of the world do care about China and Korea especially on comfort women. And, China has no servant unlike the US, China only has friends not allies. Can servant Japan talk back to the US master? I heard Japan will offer billions to the PH, no wonder the PH is howling on the side. Pretty cunning, but again Abe is indeed a true politician.

    Posted in: Abe to skip China visit during WWII commemoration

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    nigelboy,

    “Another moving goal posts. But then again, call it "within expectation" in regards to China.”

    Nice try, nigelboy. Come up with all sorts of excuses to fit your own theory, shame, shame, …

    “And so was the entertaining the idea and the subsequent rejection by Abe, a form of courtesy.”

    When there is no expectation, the rejection is meaningless. At least China showed some courtesy not some poor excuses instructed by the master.

    “Impressive list. Putin and the leaders from Africa and Central/South America.”

    At least China has the support from Putin, two great players in the world stage. By the way, don’t look down on Africa, with the help from China, it will be beating the drum of winner in the near future. What is great about China is it treats every nation as equal whether poor or weak and no string attached.

    “Wait? Aren't you doing the same thing by stating that the list of the heads who are attending is "quite impressive"? AIIB? You serious? Is lendling going to be Yuan denominated? If it's USD denominated, it's laughable that U.S. who has the sole power to issue this isn't in the mix. Your country is a debtor to ADB (165 billion USD, high credit rating) and a net receipient of of ODA from Japan.”

    Playing a word game, eh. “Quite impressive” is greater than “embarrassment” don’t you think? AIIB is established to help those countries in needs, why did you bring up the USD or debt to ADB? Why do you have to compare this to that? Is it because of inferiority complex or superiority complex? Let me tell you this in Asia there are three major economies and one of them is trying to go against the other two. Japan’s economy has been in the doldrums when it shouldn’t have been if only it was a little more far sighted. It has the government that only cares about playing politics while putting it before the interest of the whole nation. Abe’s words are full of contradictories, saying peace while boosting sale of arms, increasing military budgets, and changing the constitution so that Japan can be one of those which committed to wars. Abe should have gone to China and showed his sincerity, made it so that China and Korea would have no more excuses to slam Japan. Instead, Abe is playing politics and ignores the well-being of the nation. His economic goals have not been met but who cares, right?

    Posted in: Abe to skip China visit during WWII commemoration

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    flowers

    nigelboy, a summit with Xi has been in the work for quite some time and Abe was using this event as an excuse to get another handshake picture with Xi, but he made the wrong calculation when he let his wife and cohorts visiting the Shrine. Believe me China did not expect Japan to attend at all; the invite is just a form of courtesy. You mentioned about the list of nations who are attending, I think that is quite impressive, more than 30 nations heads will be attending. Think about this, the well-to-do nations are only a few and their powers are decaying, but China has solidified its position from the ground up. So, don’t look down on the nation that moved itself up from basically nothing to become the world’s second largest economy in very short period of time, unprecedented in the history of mankind. For sure the rest of the world is looking up to China. I simply don’t understand why some people like you would use the list as a measurement of success. Somehow it makes me think of the list of AIIB members.

    Posted in: Abe to skip China visit during WWII commemoration

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    flowers

    Abe must be sulking as a summit with Xi has become a pipe dream. Is the “No” reply really painful? The next target date is APEC meeting in November, maybe the next time would be an “OK” reply. Keep on trying Abe. But Abe may have to put the politics aside and get as far away as possible from Yasukuni Shrine.

    Posted in: Abe to skip China visit during WWII commemoration

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    flowers

    OssanAmerica, on the contrary it was Japan that did not follow the Treaty. China has mentioned about the Treaty so many times in the last couple of years and kept asking Japan to adhere to the Treaty. Get your facts straight.

    Posted in: LDP heavyweight sees Japan-China summit soon

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    flowers

    Strange Japanese news, always want people to guess what is going on. Either accepting or rejecting the invitation, is it that hard to decide? How long has Abe been considering this? For months and he still hasn’t decided yet. By reading between the lines it would seem that Abe is trying to use a visit to China to commemorate the end of WWII as a condition to have a summit with Xi and now waiting to get a reply. I heard Park has accepted the invitation to attend, if it’s true the crack in the alliance is getting bigger indeed.

    Posted in: LDP heavyweight sees Japan-China summit soon

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    flowers

    Saketown, if you think they are just criticizing and not bashing China then I am OK with that. It doesn’t make any sense, if the Chinese government made the film why would they let people mockingly edit the actor playing Mao? Even the Global Times which is the mouth piece of the government has criticized the film, so in another word they are criticizing themselves, is that possible? They even let people on the social media criticizing the film “made by the government”, isn’t that freedom? According to you social media in China are screened and carefully filtered so how come they let people mocking Mao, doesn’t make any sense does it? You mentioned about blocking Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Google, but have you thought up the reasons why? Maybe it’s more for commercial reasons than anything else, China just wants to protect its own industry which it has built. And don’t think even a minute that the Western media is not censored or controlled otherwise Snowden would not be able to make a name for himself.

    Posted in: Chinese film on WWII summit lambasted online for distorting history

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