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flowersJun. 13, 2013 - 01:50AM JST
Yes, it’s really Ironic, running from the free democratic USA to the lesser free authoritarian state of China. Is he a hero or traitor? He either didn’t do his homework about extradition treaty or he has some more evidence that he can reveal to the world so that the US is still reluctant to force him back. It must be something that has to do with China or he wouldn’t choose Hong Kong out of all the countries in the world. Reporters and lawyers have been puzzling about this question, “why Hong Kong?” This case and numerous other cases have shown us that we only see what we want to see; the truth is the US is doing exactly what China has been doing but worse is the US is doing it without our knowledge. This leads us to the issues of cyber security and human rights; can we really trust what the US has been telling us?
Posted in: U.S. whistleblower faces hard choices while in hiding
flowersMay. 25, 2013 - 04:24AM JST
No, the solution is to buy more stuff “Made in China”. The logic is the deteriorating Chinese economy will affect the whole world and result in a shift to more confrontation with the neighbours. Therefore, a lot of countries have started to realize that the best solution is to increase trades with China in order to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results.
Posted in: Asia tension could lead to conflict: Philippine foreign minister
flowersMay. 18, 2013 - 07:23AM JST
Poor manners are hard to overcome when they are ingrained and are acceptable norms in the society. Spitting in public, picking nose, speaking loudly or yelling across a distance, cutting queue, etc. are behavioural norms in the Chinese society. I’ve been to China a number of times and I saw those kinds of behaviours first hand. One time I jumped and missed being spit on only a few inches away. At first I also had the negative idea about their uncivilized manners. But later I came to realize that it was the way they lived over there, the Chinese people were forced to or in another word, conditioned by the environment to behave that way. They saw etiquettes and manners to be the least of their worries because of the overcrowding, poor environment, and dog-eat-dog world. You know that when you are in China you have to spit very so often because of the dust and smog. What they don’t understand is it is a big deal when they display those kinds of behaviours in the outside world. So now I find their ill manners to be very funny rather than infuriating.
Posted in: Some Chinese tourists 'uncivilized,' says top official
flowersMay. 09, 2013 - 07:59AM JST
Should we smell something fishy? Why sudden change? Or, the truth has surfaced. Do you believe the story about the missing documents on “comfort women”? Very big of Japan to admit it though. Now say it in one voice preferably by the big guy Abe himself and no retraction later. Next thing is to admit that the islands belong to China and Japan will return them. The whole world including China will applaud Japan and see to that Japanese economy will be in full swing ahead.
Posted in: Japan says it will honor apologies for World War II atrocities
flowersMay. 08, 2013 - 07:58AM JST
Abenomics cannot fail because LDP survival is at stake here. It managed to lower the Yens, now it’s just waiting for the global demand to pick up so that businesses can afford to raise wages and commit to more investments. Now, the problem is China is Japan’s largest trading partner but with this territorial dispute going on the demand for Japanese goods especially auto will remain flat despite of cheaper Yens. Unless Japan can find other markets for its exports to replace what it’s losing out in China Abenomics is doomed to fail. It’s good that Japanese people already got used to the deflation, a few more decades with it should be fine.
Posted in: Japan's neighbors cautiously welcome 'Abenomics'
flowersMay. 07, 2013 - 06:05AM JST
sfjp330, let me confirm that China has good character and dignity in terms of responding to Japan’s provocation, these attributes have nothing to do with corruption, environment or any other internal issues. They only show that China is a better leader than Japan. Besides all developing countries have corruption, it is the process that all the countries in the world have to go through. From what I can see corruption has not hindered China’s progress at this stage of the development only that it can be a threat to its political systems. And, China can never get rid of the corruption nor it really wants to do it at this time. Now back to the topic. This is not the first time that J govt has bad- mouthed other countries either. Remember what J officials made the news in Mongolia and Turkey. Japan can never garner the respect and trust when it always displays the negative attitude towards other countries especially its biggest neighbour.
Posted in: Japan has never had smooth ties with China: Aso
flowersApr. 26, 2013 - 07:19AM JST
Japanese nationalists sent 9 ships to the area, China responded by sending 8 ships. That was a normal response by China when under threat and provocation. But it doesn’t mean that China would take over the islands right now, the time is not ripe as yet. China is very patient; it will keep weakening what so called “effective” controls of the islands. Time is on China’s side, and Abe knows this, that’s why there are constant harassing and provoking words and actions from Japan while China just watched and reacted to the situation. The US sent Kerry and Dempsey to China they didn’t just talk about N. Korea. I agree with Tony and other posters here that the US seems to bend towards China more. Dempsey’s statement did not cause much of a stir in China as it used to be. Japan is being used right now by the US. The US is poised to benefit more from TPP when Japan opened up its market for the US goods. We all know that Abe seemed to think that Japan can use TPP to please the US knowing full well that it would cause major disruptions in its domestic markets. But Abe is only buying time because TPP will not be implemented for quite some time, so in the mean while Abe can ask the US to show some support for Japan. But that support seems to be less and less meaningful. For some of you may not know, China is now the largest trading partner to many countries surpassing the US by a long range. More and more countries now understand that they can trust China because China doesn’t interfere in other country’s internal affairs or invade other country for no reason. China always keeps its words unlike Japan its official words can be denied or changed at any time. The old negative thinking about China is no longer true or appropriate.
Posted in: Top U.S. general tells China U.S. committed to defending Japan
flowersApr. 24, 2013 - 04:26AM JST
sfjp330, you must know that China doesn’t deal with a third party; that is why China doesn’t go the UN, ICJ, or the US. China only deals with the party involved. And, because the US is the third party, it has no rights to give administrative rights to Japan in the first place. I don’t believe that you consider radar locking in this case as a provocative action when Chinese ships were being closely trailed and China had denied the incident. Also, if Japan Coast Guard is much more capable, Abe wouldn’t be running around begging for supports. If China really wants to get into a war with Japan it would have done so already and not because of the fear of J naval capability or the US. China has kept its words in that its rise will be a peaceful one, and because of that Japan has been harassing and provoking China. Almost every week there would be some news coming from Japan to provoke China, and from this analysis we can conclude that Japan is in fact trying to defame China.
Posted in: Abe vows to expel by force any Chinese landing on disputed isles
flowersApr. 24, 2013 - 03:31AM JST
Again and Again China is being bullied. “A group of Japanese nationalists said it had sent nine ships to the area around the islands,” this counts as provoking. Naturally China would react to this provocation. Japan started all these problems and keeps pouring fuel into the fire. If you notice we have never seen any provoking actions or words coming China, but all are coming from Japan. Even S Korea also agrees with China. J villain is trying to act like a victim here and only the naïve would believe in it. Keep provoking China like this and one day it will say “enough is enough”.
flowersApr. 18, 2013 - 08:04AM JST
Chinese and Russian officials are laughing out loud right now.
Posted in: Japan scrambled jets against China planes record 306 times in 12 months
flowersApr. 18, 2013 - 07:40AM JST
They'll pay Japan in kind.
flowersApr. 18, 2013 - 06:37AM JST
Here are the comedy lines -
America: We attack whomever we want.
Britain: We attack whomever the Americans attack.
Russia: We attack whomever the Americans not expected.
China: We attack whomever because of the Americans.
Japan: If anyone attacks us, we’ll beg the Americans to attack them.
Vietnam: If anyone attacks us, we’ll side with the ex-enemy Americans.
Philippines: If anyone attacks us, we’ll see them in the Americans Court.
South Korea: If anyone attacks us, we’ll hold joint military exercises with the Americans.
North Korea: If anyone attacks us, we’ll nuke the Americans.
Posted in: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases
flowersApr. 18, 2013 - 03:18AM JST
Japan nationalized the islands in September last year knowing full well that China would react strongly because the agreed status quo had been changed. For 40 years China kept a lid on the sovereignty issue based on a verbal agreement, but Japan broke its words and even denied there was such dialogue between the two former leaders. Japan grabbed the islands during the war in 1895 and therefore, after the War the islands should have been returned to their rightful owner which is China in accordance with Cairo and Potsdam Declarations regardless of whether China being silent about the issue. Here are the lies and misleading information created by Japan: Japan discovered the islands in 1885 and considered them to be “terra nullius;” or China did not raise the sovereignty issue until the discovery of the natural resources. Here are the facts: according to Japanese official correspondence at the time of “discovery”, Japan knew that the islands belong to China so that the survey of the islands was not complete, and not only that even the foreign maps at the time also showed the islands belong to China. It took ten years for Japan to incorporate the islands after the claimed “discovery”. Why would Japan wait ten years to incorporate the islands if the islands were really “terra nullius”? Doesn’t make sense, does it? It would make sense if you know these, it took a Japanese businessman three times to apply for a lease of the islands and the lease was approved only after the islands were incorporated into Japanese territories in January, 1895. China and Japan were still at war then. And, a couple months later Japan forced China to sign the Treaty of Shimonoseki ceding Taiwan and its surrounding islands to Japan. However, after the War Japan accepted the post-war arrangements under Cairo and Potsdam Declarations which entailed the return of all China’s territories and put the limits on Japan’s sovereignty only to certain islands. So, silence should not be the issue here since the islands were supposed to be returned to China already. But, the US used the islands for military practice and later illegally gave Japan the administrative rights to the islands. But note that by doing so the US was aware that Japan did not have sovereignty over the islands. If the discovery of the resources in early 1970’s was so important to China, China wouldn’t be waiting until now to try to claim back the islands. It only happened after Japan broke its own words. Japan even said that nationalizing the islands was an internal matter, but the whole world knew that it changed the status quo. Not only that Japan has dragged other countries into the conflict to make China look bad, even though those territorial disputes with Vietnam and Philippines have been in existence for many decades already. Japan has always been trying to add fuel to the fire, the most recent event was granting the fishing rights to Taiwan. This speedy agreement happened when the news broke out that Taiwan has acquired new ships specifically to be used in patrolling the disputed areas. Cunning isn’t it? Now China is responding by increasing frequency of the visits and sending more ships into the area. We can’t really blame China in doing this.
Posted in: Chinese ships back in disputed waters
flowersApr. 12, 2013 - 06:34AM JST
OssanAmerica, the reason for containment is to hold back China’s advancement in the world stage. As more and more countries are now beginning to understand and trust China, there is a shift in the world power. The US is losing its grip and the last attempt to hang on is by creating the theory of “China threat”. All the changes, crises and conflicts that have been happening are pointing to that direction, such as the TPP, territorial disputes, “one China”, North Korea, Mongolia visits, and the new US immigration policy. When over 100,000 innocent people were killed in Iraq because of the US invasion without any good reasons at all, you don’t see it as a criminal. Your biased view of China is obvious, for example, when China increased its military budget you see it as a threat, right? You failed to see that the US military budget is six times higher than China’s and the US has the number of nuclear warheads probably 10 times more than China’s. You just don’t see the devil behind the curtain. China is being bullied again. A good question would be why the US is so afraid of China, the main reason is China is advancing faster than expected and trying to create multi-polar world where the world powers are not concentrated in one country namely the US. That is why the containment comes in. Because of this fishery agreement, I bet we will hear about the change in “one China” position by the US a lot more in the coming days. If that turns out to be the case, please believe me what I said here.
Posted in: China concerned as Japan, Taiwan sign fishing agreement for disputed isles
flowersApr. 12, 2013 - 02:55AM JST
Believe it or not, this is a political ploy using Taiwan to stir up more conflicts in the area. The concession on fishery agreement by Japan is only the front, next thing in the US’ vicious plan is to scrap “one China policy,” which will anger China more. This is what the “pivot to Asia” is all about that is to contain China. China is being bullied and we all know it.
flowersApr. 10, 2013 - 07:47AM JST
SecularBeast, you should know that the islands dispute has existed for many decades already. China had kept a lid on the sovereignty issue for four decades until Japan decided to change the status quo by nationalizing the islands last year. In terms of giving the Chinese trillions of Yen for development, do you think those are free? Japan has benefited from China many and many times over. Who is Japan largest trading partner? By the way, Australia is a nice country; I have some relatives living there. And I think you agree that it is more beneficial for Australia to be nice to China for the sake of the economy. I don’t want to talk politics. But I can say that the government of China is also evolving for the better, you said you had been to China so you must have noticed the improvement there. Twenty years ago you couldn’t even kiss in public without being yelled at. You must know that democracy and freedom are really illusive concepts. There are many levels to them; China now also has more freedom and some places even start to have democratic elections. Chinese government has been improving in various ways and listening to the people more and more. Many high-level officials have sent their kids to study outside the country so their influence is much noticeable. You should try to be more open and accept that CCP is not the same CCP of the past, their view and treatment of the people have changed. If you compare China to India, which country is better in terms of living standards? A lot of people would rather live in China than in India. Now, you can also see China dealing with Japan in this dispute, there is no aggressiveness in sight and there are no provoking words or military stance to show off from China. Is that what you should expect from the “thugs” CCP?
Posted in: Three Chinese ships spotted in disputed waters
flowersApr. 10, 2013 - 07:32AM JST
Sfjp330, the term “peaceful rise” of China has been circling in the media for quite some time. In fact, it was China that brokered the agreement on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea so that military force would not be used. You still don’t see Japan’s aggressiveness in the dispute with China, it was Japanese patrol ships that used water cannon on inoffensive small Chinese fishermen boats which could have eventually sunk and Japan always uses military means, such as fighter jets and gun boats. In fact, China has been a lot nicer than S. Korea and Russia in their disputes with Japan. You probably know that Japan couldn’t even get near the disputed islands under S. Korea and Russia without being shot or killed. The same logic and facts hold true here, those islands belong to China, it is not right to claim that they (Japan, Vietnam, and Philippines) had the islands for a while; therefore, the islands should belong to them. China could have taken back the islands from Japan at any time, but has to hold back because of its “peaceful rise” policy. Now, the only way to show its sovereignty is to keep patrolling in the area and in the non-aggressive way.
flowersApr. 10, 2013 - 04:15AM JST
SecularBeast, do you think that because of the US reaffirming its commitment to stand by Japan, it has made China reduced its visits to the area? That is really funny. Even before the nationalization of the islands China already knew that the US was supporting Japan, so it has nothing to do with the US reaffirming its commitment. This is sovereignty issue, my friend, China doesn’t give a hoot of what the US thinks only to tell it to butt out. The US really likes to interfere in other country’s internal affairs, you know that right? So, I think the frequency of the visits has dropped because the provocative words from Japan have subsided. It’s been awhile that Japan has come up with something to provoke China. But China will not stop asserting its sovereignty and showing to the world that Japan has no effective controls over the islands. If you read the news Abe has been mentioning about wanting to have a talk with China, but China has been silent about it. So, China has seen Japanese ex-PM and other delegates wanting to discuss about the issue, but nothing solid came out of it yet. China has mentioned before that Japan started the mess so it should be Japan to clean it up. You are also naïve to think that a talk will not result in anything because of the sovereignty issue, but sovereignty is not the only issue. There are many other issues involved so Japan and China will have to set up a committee to settle the issues. And, when you talked about the duck, you have to know that it’s the duck that lays golden eggs. If you notice from the news there are many countries including Australia that believe in China and its “peaceful rise” policy. China no longer sits in the past, it has evolved and improved, only Japan that still clings to the past and envies China for its prominent position. Japan has tried every possible ways to defame and discredit China, and creates the idea of “China Threat”. But not many countries believe what Japan has led them to believe. China has not been in a war with any country for decades despite its improved military forces. How many wars do you think that the US has been in even with Japan’s involvement in the past decades? That is why many countries in the world including the neighbours now believe in China.
flowersApr. 10, 2013 - 01:49AM JST
Saketown, you have quite a vivid imagination. How do link North Korea crisis to the islands dispute is beyond me? According to the article the frequency of China patrolling in the area has dropped instead of increased so if your theory is right it should be the other way around. In fact, China has nothing to do with the North Korea crisis. If you want someone to blame, you should blame the third parties, the US and Japan, for interfering in the North and South Korea issues. Think about it, what caused North Korea to respond fiercely? Your view about China is outdated; China is now adhering to the “peaceful rise” policy and pursuing the “Chinese dream”. There is no more “smoke screen politics,” only “win-win cooperation”. If you read the news, China has been trying to prevent East Asia from becoming a war zone because of the US “pivot to Asia” policy. So, who is behind in all these crises, it’s the US. Without the US, Japan and China would be at a table discussing about the islands right now and there would not be a threat of nuclear war from North Korea. The people in Asia would be living in peace and harmony, remember that this is an Asia era as Asia is the engine of the world economy. And, China is the key driver of that engine. In order to cause that engine to stall is by creating the North Korea crisis, and who would benefit the most? The US arms sales to the region have increased substantially if you noticed.
flowersApr. 05, 2013 - 01:09AM JST
sfjp330, your assumption is absolutely wrong. You are assuming that “US actually did not attach any importance to the wartime declarations.” In fact, by establishing the trusteeship indicated that Japan’s sovereignty over the islands was questionable. It has nothing to do with the Art. 8 that specifically outlined the limits of Japan’s sovereignty. Please don’t make any assumption, the facts are clearly stated in the Declarations that Japan has to return “ALL the territories Japan has taken from China,” and “Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.” Nothing was said about “Japan's sovereignty should not be removed from minor islands as the Allies will determine.” I just couldn’t find it anywhere in the Declarations. It might be your own assumption but definitely not a fact, otherwise China wouldn’t mention the Declarations again and again to emphasize these facts.
Posted in: 3 Chinese ships seen in disputed waters
Jun. 19, 2013 - 11:03AM JST
Farmboy sorry I was typing my response while yours posted.
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