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flowersAug. 21, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
Saketown, “Sometime last August 2013.” As far as I know China did not have a warship in the area to confront the US, especially with Russia. If the story is true, please provide the source.
Posted in: Jihadists claim beheading of U.S. journalist in Syria
flowersAug. 21, 2014 - 06:17AM JST
Saketown, “When Washington moved warships near Syria, Russia and China moved their warships in front of our warships.” What warships? When did this happen?
flowersAug. 20, 2014 - 05:14AM JST
sfjp330, “trade between Japan and China is expected to grow this year for the first time in three years, but won't likely reach the level before a territorial dispute erupted in 2012. Japanese exports to China grew 2.5% to $78 billion in the first half of 2014 from the same period a year earlier, according to Jetro.” I don’t know how you would get the idea that “the trade values with Japan are secondary,” when it comes to “money” everything else is secondary for China. Japanese corporations have lost their market shares in China because of their own bad choices. Yes, diversification is good in the long run, but to re-focus away from growing Chinese markets now is a bad decision that Japan Inc has made.
Posted in: No. of Japanese living in China drops 10% amid island dispute
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 06:01AM JST
sfjp330, you talk about “glass ceiling,” I read somewhere recently that China has set its sight to be the most innovative country in the world. So, the course is set to tackle the problems that impeding innovation. Now I can see that China is not just copying the products they have improve them as well. China has all of the ingredients, such as money, people, infrastructure, systems and knowledge to be the best in the world. You talked about the political system; I think for the time being its political system is best suited for China because of its massive population and size. Its system provides efficiency and effectiveness in getting things done in the timely manner. China is now a capitalist country, despite people think that it is an authoritarian state. Its markets seem to be even more competitive than the US.
Posted in: Showdown with China looms at regional security summit
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 04:55AM JST
scipantheist, so you can’t even name one. I tell you among the three world powers (US, Russia, and China) China is the best of all. It doesn’t go around and kill other people incessantly. China has the potential to be the world leader, you will see in the decade to come. Why do think they are scared of China? Think in terms of arms industry, who got the most benefits from promoting “China threat”? Both the US and Japan are benefiting from it. And, no one in their right minds would like the way Japan is dealing with its history. Talking about hurting, Japan is basically hurting itself. Majority of Chinese people like Japan and I don’t see any group that is formed to promote hatred against Japanese people, but I heard Japan has such a group. You mentioned about “community” that is the concept that China is promoting not “alliance”. So, people seem to think that China is all alone and has no ally. China doesn’t go around and create or promote wars, so China only has friends and not enemy.
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 04:16AM JST
OssanAmerica, how many times that Abe went around and bad-mouthed China? We all know that all these disputes have been in existence for decades. But after the US announced its “pivot to Asia,” Japanese gov’t just got tired of status quo and nationalized the islands knowing all full well how China would react. The Philippines parked their rusty ship right in the disputed area with their people living on it. What did Japan do? It provides financial assistance and free stuff just for the Philippines to be on its good side. And freebies for everyone who would turn against China, now Vietnam got some too. Most recently Japanese jets shadowed unarmed Chinese aircraft. There have been many instances that Japan has provoked China if only China would behave like Russia, I believe Japanese govn’t would instantly shut their mouths and behave.
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 02:59AM JST
scipantheist, what is it about revenge? Chinese leader had said before that the Chinese would forgive but they will not forget. The problem is Japanese gov’t tries so hard to convince its citizens and the world to forget its awful past. That is not the right way to go. That leads China to prepare for the worst. The key player in all these disputes is the US. The US has poked its nose everywhere and caused so much trouble and suffering for the people there. Without the US standing behind the curtain, none of these disputes would have been escalated up to this point. Think about it carefully, what China has been doing is quite normal for a country to assert its sovereignty, especially when it’s being provoked over and over again. Talking about “aggressive,” think if China behaved like Russia there wouldn’t be words going back and forth like this, only bloodshed and Chinese gunships everywhere. Anyway, every nation in the world whether civilized or uncivilized they all want to have something to do with China. Can you name one country that does not welcome China or being an enemy of China, just one?
flowersJul. 19, 2014 - 02:26AM JST
“The shooting down of civilian aircraft is extremely rare,“ how could it be extremely rare? Russia did it in 1983, South Korean airliner was shot down, 269 people perished. The US also shot down an Iranian airliner in 1988 killing 290 people. And, it happened twice in Ukraine already, maybe they are getting used to doing this sort of killing. Now, I wonder whether next time China would be added to the list, but maybe that would be extremely unlikely.
Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet
flowersJul. 17, 2014 - 06:41AM JST
scipantheist, never say never. The change in China is amazing to say the least. So, tell me what is “true democracy”? If you think Japan has “true democracy,” you are kidding yourself. Think about what Abe has done against the democratic process recently. I guess you heard about China’s economy is now or will be ahead of the US by year end based on the purchasing power parity. Of course, Tokyo would still be the most expensive city in the world where a lot of people are still living in the tubes and have no purpose in life. Suicide rates are sky rocketing. Now, look at China they are fighting against the polluted environment and corruption, they are moving millions of people into the city, they are expanding their infrastructures like crazy, so whose future will be better. Believe me China will be one of the best places to live. Now, what has Japan been doing in terms of improving the standard of living for its people? I haven’t heard anything new happening in Japan for a long time already. Yes, Abe is genuinely doing business; that is the main problem. Everywhere he went he promoted “China threat” theory so that Japan would be in the lime light, creating tension and conflict seem to be the main purpose. Think about this, at least we have China and South Korea to show us about the inhumane atrocities that imperial Japan had committed during the war and how Japan tried to deny or change its own history. We should really thank China and South Korea, without them everything would be swept under the rug and forgotten. Without them the chances are high that the history will repeat itself.
Posted in: Abe to visit 5 nations in Latin America, Caribbean
flowersJul. 17, 2014 - 01:32AM JST
That’s right. Japan will always be a step behind China. Abe seems to be following Xi around the globe picking up crumbs along the way. Abe’s using “economics” focus is outdated and short-live. Look at Xi he focuses on the long-term friendship, win-win cooperation, and no strings attached. Everywhere Abe goes he would mention about “freedom and democracy,” these illusive concepts are getting blurry day by day. The way China is opening up, “freedom and democracy” are improving exponentially. In the next decade or so when China has improved to the same level as Japan’s, what would happen to Japan then? Even now Japan has hit the wall and starts to step back; there is no more improvement in sight on those concepts for Japan. Long-term view is far better for China so Abe, it’s still not too late to change your strategy.
flowersJul. 17, 2014 - 12:50AM JST
JoeBigs, never once I saw Abe as a good diplomat but a “good” actor maybe. To have a meeting with Xi, there are many diplomatic channels that he can use. Instead, he went in front of the camera acting like he wanted to have a meeting knowing full well what the response would be so that people like you would see him to be a “good” diplomat. Abe only cares about how to make himself staying in power and nothing else. Using North Korea, for example, just to further his political career, and he would bend and cheat so that he can get what he wants, for example reinterpretation of the constitution, without regards to the constitutional democratic process. Using cute models to help recruit young soldiers is also really low and devious, I wonder how you could see him as an adult.
Posted in: Abe wants to hold summit with China at APEC meeting
flowersJul. 16, 2014 - 04:44AM JST
Abe, stop putting on a show, please. Wouldn’t it be more effective to just pick up the phone and call Xi directly? Or maybe he doesn’t have Xi’s phone number, Obama has it he just called Xi again Monday night. The US wants to enhance cooperation with China in trade, energy, climate change and other hot-button issues, Obama said. It seems Obama and Xi are hitting it off very well. I also heard Modi and Xi just had an extended meeting even before Abe has his. "The new India government under my leadership is willing to deepen India-China friendly cooperation. This is quite important for India," Modi said. Abe must be in a bad mood now so calm down and call Xi.
flowersJul. 15, 2014 - 04:36AM JST
Good boy, we know, we know, you don’t have to keep wagging your tail. You just have to bite the enemy with your new fangs, that’s all we need of you. Surely such a dog would be peaceful when the word “attack” is not included in the command.
Posted in: Japan able to aid U.S. ships under attack, says defense minister
flowersJul. 12, 2014 - 05:58AM JST
“Is Japan holding such an event in the middle of Seoul because it does not know what is going on or does not care about it at all?” The answer is it doesn’t care and of course it knows what is going on. The Embassy must have known all about the threats and protests before hand, and already prepared to hold the reception at the Embassy otherwise how can it set up the party for 500 people in one day. Think about the publicity that J officials trying to get and the negative image created for Korea. I wonder whether every J embassy in the world is having a reception or just in Korea. Something is smelly in the closet.
Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF
flowersJul. 11, 2014 - 02:10AM JST
Here is an interesting book that you guys may want to read, Australia’s ‘Dangerous Allies’.
A new book by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser hopes to send Australia a wake-up call. “After the end of the Cold War Australia had – for the first time in its history – the opportunity to pursue its own interests and to seek in Fraser’s words, “peace, cooperation, and trust” in its region. Instead it chose to accompany the U.S. into violent fiascos in the Middle East. America’s dearth of strategic competitors allowed exceptionalism to become the dominant driver of U.S. foreign policy, and Australia followed where the U.S. led. To this day Australians remain uncertain just what it was they were fighting for.”
“In Fraser’s view, the story will not end with fiascos in the Middle East. He is rather concerned with Australia being fooled a third time: pulled, as it were, into either a rivalry or an outright conflict between the U.S. and China. Fraser argues that the only strategy America’s leaders seem to understand is that of containment. He agrees with the Chinese that the “pivot” to Asia is about containing China, insisting that actions speak louder than words. Increased military deployments and beefed up regional alliances speak loudly – and of something other than benevolence.”
“Consequently, Australia’s relationship with the U.S. is paradoxical: it needs the U.S. for its defense, but it only needs defense because of the U.S.”
Posted in: Australian PM denies closer Japan ties hurt China relations
flowersJul. 03, 2014 - 03:38AM JST
WoW, I won again. I told you Abe would get his way. Whoever said Japan is a democratic country should have his/her head examined. Don’t fool yourself thinking that Japan is now better because of this change. What happens to the “peaceful” Japan? You can say at least it’s lasted about 70 years. Really happy for you, now Japan is “normal” again. So, who will be in the first batch of people being sent to die for your beloved country? Hey, now they even have more reasons to go to Yasukuni Shrine because more war deads will be added.
Posted in: Chinese media slam Japan's move to expand military role
flowersJun. 28, 2014 - 07:20AM JST
Look there are cracks in the image of “peaceful” nation and the constitutional democracy. When the head is crooked nobody can do anything about it, is this what they call a democracy? I think it is just a step away from dictatorship. They say this is not what the Japanese people want, who cares? Now, you can toss the constitution out of the window.
Posted in: Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military
flowersJun. 28, 2014 - 06:24AM JST
Old but not out. They really like politics let them play. J politics are like child’s play anyway as long as they have money and influence they can be part of it. But, they’ve got to be able to make loud noises or infamous remarks, or be part of any controversial issues. Sticking the head out is the basic requirement. And, don’t forget brain is not needed. So, respect your elders, let them play.
Posted in: Ishihara, old guard launch Next Generation Party
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 06:57AM JST
sfjp330, that's old news. You did not answer my question because there was nothing that China did to Malaysia after the discovery of oil and gas by Malaysia. In fact, China let them explore the areas for years. The same with Vietnam, China let Vietnam exploring the areas for years and now China wanted to do the same and they complained and harassed China. If China had the same aggressive policies as Russia, those countries would have been pounded to dust.
Posted in: China says Philippines stirring tensions after Aquino supports Japan
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 06:26AM JST
sfjp330, So you said they had, what did China do to Malaysia for the discovery announced on Monday?
Aug. 31, 2014 - 05:33PM JST
I am curious why you think self-defense is a smokescreen? Data is mixed on…
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Aug. 31, 2014 - 05:31PM JST
I feel the sudden need to become more "charitable" :-)
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Aug. 31, 2014 - 05:30PM JST
To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, "Stay classy, Japan!"
Aug. 31, 2014 - 05:24PM JST
I think after talking to him and noticing that he is a eunuch (if that is…
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If it helps those in need, then all good. At least they actually got up and…