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flowersSep. 09, 2016 - 04:09AM JST
Yea, every ruling is binding but who cares.
Posted in: Obama says South China Sea ruling 'binding'
flowersAug. 12, 2016 - 05:21AM JST
OssanAmerica, now you admitted that there was “the miniscule increase,” the point is Japanese government should leave everything “as is”, let the status quo intact. Number of private ownership should have been the same throughout. The change affects China’s position in that it weakens China’s sovereignty status and strengthens Japan’s control position because now Japanese government owns four of the islets instead of just one. “A dot on the I and a cross over the t,” means only a slight change can cause the whole agreement invalid. Besides, if “they have been and continue to be under Japanese control,” why Japan has to care when China patrols the area since there is no change in control. So how could you call it “offensive” when the control remains the same? I can guarantee you this after China settles with the Philippines there will be no need to deal with the US because the US will keep quiet and not interfering any more. See for yourself how the Philippine president called the US ambassador, and how he was so upset about the US interfering in the Philippines’ domestic matters. The US is now in the patching up mode. Maybe, Duterte is not that easy to bribe.
Posted in: Japan warns China of worsening ties over East China Sea dispute
flowersAug. 12, 2016 - 03:34AM JST
OssanAmerica, you didn’t answer my question that leads me to believe that there was a change in status quo which upset China. And, there are plenty of evidence that the islands belong to China you just didn’t want to admit it. Without the nationalization there wouldn’t be a need to rile up nationalism and mixing trade with geopolitics are quite normal, don’t tell me you are too naïve to know this.
Satellite photos showing aircraft hangars, placing missiles on one of the islands, and oil platforms with radar, these all mean someone keeps spying on China, and they come up with all sorts of speculations. Did you ever hear that China showed disturbing satellite photos of other countries? No, never because China always minds its own business.
Yes, the US Navy always says it has been doing this and that for decades, yet you never doubt why it has to do that half the world away. It’s called “hegemony.” And, don’t say it’s for protection because there wouldn’t be Korean war or Vietnam war if the US was not there. How many more people have to die before you will call the US “the beast in the clown clothing.” Believe me without the US there Asia will be more peaceful. And, without the US troops Japan will not have to be afraid that North Korea will pound it to oblivion. It’s the US imperialism that causes all the havoc in the world today, the war with ISIS will never end until the US puts down arms and admits its failure just like Vietnam.
When you say, “Actually it's succeeding more than expected, thanks to China's uncivilized attitude towards the rule of international law and the continued militarization of the SCS,” do you have any proofs or just trying to make yourself feel better? Both the US and Japan denied or went against the rulings of the Courts before so are they also uncivilized? According to you, “China CAN'T invade the Senkakus. The United States has told them so,” but China has no intention to invade or stir up troubles at all, everything that has been happening in East and South East Asia has been the results of countries poking at China and China has to respond. The key player behind the curtain has always been the US. And, I don’t know what you mean when you say, “It will eventually go too far and be put down,” how can China go too far when everything it has done is just responding to the provocation.
In the end you don’t like China because China is not a democratic country and I may add without freedom all because of the CCP. Do you judge a government by its achievements or by its ideology? China under CCP has become the second largest economy from the zero base and has moved over 600 million people out of poverty in the matter of only a few decades. If you have been to China, you will know how amazing it’s become. People are free to make money and get rich. They don’t care about politics, that’s why they have the government for. Those in government are selected from the best and the brightest, but you can’t say the same about the US. In the US during the election, who is the most absurd or rude would gain the most points. Do you notice that recently the US seems to be in the trial and error mode, it had selected the strong (Bush), the performer (Reagan), the minority (Obama), and I bet pretty soon there would be the female (Hillary), by the way they are all rich and lots of connections. It’s like someone is arranging all these. So I doubt that the US is really a democratic country, by name yes, but in reality it isn’t. Look at polls how many people go out and vote. Land of the free they called it, in certain places I don’t even want to walk through, afraid being shot at. The US has not been improving, it’s stagnant, whenever someone trying to do something good for the majority it’s got shot down or delayed for years. Do you believe that it’s one of the most modern countries in the world but no high-speed train and infrastructures are crumbling and the poor are increasing in numbers not decreasing. So what went wrong, where are the achievements besides killing innocent people in other parts of the world.
flowersAug. 11, 2016 - 01:55AM JST
OssanAmerica, to answer your questions let me ask you this, did the number of Japanese government properties increased after nationalization? If the answer is yes, then the status quo has been changed. The words “purchased and became” already denote the change in status quo. The substance of control has been strengthened and Chinese sovereignty has been weakened because of nationalization, after a few decades later Japan can say those islands have been government properties for decades. The nationalization also stirred up Chinese nationalism and disrupted trades. Xi Jinping told the truth about China had no intention of militarizing the artificial islands in the South China Sea and not the whole South China Sea. SCS has been the focal point because of the US interference. The US called it FONOP by using military ships even when the freedom of navigation has never ever been threatened The US and Japan have been visiting many countries surrounding China in an effort to gain supports but failed miserably. You also fail to see that China doesn’t need to invade the islets, just waiting for Japan to fire the first shot then the treaty would be meaningless. That’s why Japan is so afraid to get into an accident with Chinese navy. You were right though, “China was the center of culture and knowledge in East Asia for thousands of years, and influenced countries around it,” and it will be the center of the world once again in the near future. But you were wrong about “the adoption of anti-Japanese sentiment by China,” have you read the news recently, increasing number of Chinese visitors to Japan is staggering and the sales of Japanese cars in China are also shocking. These seem to be in contrary to the notion “anti-Japanese sentiment.” I know it’s hard to face the facts that China is not what you think of it in your mind, China only cares about making money that’s why it’s trying to avoid a blockage by the US in the SCS which the US had done to Japan before. In a decade time Chinese navy will be on par with the US so by that time everything will fall in place where China is the center of all commercial networks and connections. Japan will fall to the forth or fifth place in the scheme of things to come.
flowersAug. 10, 2016 - 08:06AM JST
Look how silly it is to still think nothing changes by nationalization. Is there a difference between private land and state land? Japan has changed the status quo and then put the blame on China. China’s always been the one responding or reacting to the provocation. Can anyone come up with something that proves China was the first one poking at Japan or any country for that matters? You mentioned about international laws, what international laws when only a few countries supporting it? China has over 60 countries on its side. That’s international laws my friends. Do you ever wonder why after the ruling everything seemed to be so quiet even the Philippines were not in jubilation mode? That’s because the majority of the world are not on their side. And, what the UN and WTO have to do with the dispute? China has been contributing enormously to the UN and WTO, the US would have gone bankrupt without China’s help during the financial crisis and the rest of the world would still be in recession or depression.
flowersAug. 10, 2016 - 06:51AM JST
Bob Sneider, your understanding of the dispute is quite right. Japan did change the status quo even after China warned not to do so. From private ownership to state ownership is what they called “nationalization” and that changed the status quo no matter how some people trying to distort the truth by creating the story about China’s plan of trying to take over the East and South China Seas. Since the Agreement to set aside the dispute has been broken China has to assert its sovereignty by patrolling the area. This has been expected by Japan since the beginning and used as a way to smear China and make China being seen as a bully. Heck, every time Japan poked at China, China always comes up with something to stay ahead of the game. Looking over the East China Sea and you will see that China can patrol in the area, China does not allow anyone on the islets, China declared ADIZ over the area, China has oil platforms in the area, and China has their fishermen there. So what did Japan get from it besides nationalizing the islets? China is creating facts on the ground and nobody can do anything about it, not even the US for sure. So stop poking at China already, Japan seems to be losing every time.
flowersJul. 29, 2016 - 01:50AM JST
We should give China benefit of a doubt here. You see we’re all led to believe that the arbitral tribunal is Permanent Court of Arbitration backed by the UN. But the fact is it is not even part of PCA nor ICJ. It has nothing to do with the UN. In fact, it was just an ad hoc panel sponsored by the Philippines and not even a court. That is why many countries refuse to side with the Philippines and either sided with China or declaring neutral. If the ruling were in fact binding, we would have seen many countries stood up against China. This is the only chance to subdue China once and for all, yet they refuse to go along with the Philippines. Don’t you all find this strange? Even the Philippines itself tries to reduce the tension and goes back to square one which is to have a bilateral negotiation with China. I don’t think that they are afraid of China though when they have Uncle Sam standing behind. This arbitral tribunal is just a charade trying to fool the whole world.
Posted in: China criticizes U.S., Japan, Australia for 'fanning' tensions
flowersJun. 16, 2016 - 12:53AM JST
. . . . the US blew-up their embassy to kingdom come back in '99 in Yugoslavia. Accident supposedly. They didn't do much to retaliate.
. . . . the US blew-up their embassy to kingdom come back in '99 in Yugoslavia. Accident supposedly. They didn't do much to retaliate.
That's because the US paid a huge sum for compensation and a brand new embassy.
Posted in: Chinese spy ship shadows U.S., Japanese, Indian naval drill in western Pacific
flowersJun. 10, 2016 - 02:37AM JST
Now, Russia is slowly getting into the picture, but nobody seems to be curious. Two powerful forces will be tilting the the scale. Guess who is running to the master for help?
Posted in: Japan protests after Chinese navy ship sails near disputed islands
flowersApr. 19, 2016 - 07:01AM JST
Oh no, the sky has fallen. What’s all the fuss about a Chinese jet landing on an airstrip that China has built? Let it go people, as far as military is concerned I do believe China is a lot more peaceful than those major powers who have military forces all over the globe. Think about it, almost every day we would hear about terrorist attacks and bombing here and there but believe this China has nothing to do with any of them. China is the only major power that is least likely to engage in a war outside its own territories. So, smart up.
Posted in: Chinese military aircraft makes first public landing on island in disputed sea
flowersJan. 29, 2016 - 07:42AM JST
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.
flowersJan. 29, 2016 - 05:10AM JST
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.
flowersOct. 30, 2015 - 03:15AM JST
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
flowersOct. 22, 2015 - 08:08AM JST
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!
flowersOct. 17, 2015 - 08:13AM JST
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
flowersOct. 17, 2015 - 02:52AM JST
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?
flowersOct. 16, 2015 - 06:00AM JST
“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.
flowersSep. 17, 2015 - 06:31AM JST
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
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flowersSep. 12, 2015 - 07:08AM JST
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
flowersSep. 10, 2015 - 03:13AM JST
Bait = tax refund, hook = sales tax, sinker = card readers. Clever politicians vs. naïve people.
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