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Xi: China-Japan ties 'have returned to the right track' [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-11-3 00:35:10 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2018-11-2 12:52
Yeah, I guess it is better to deal withe the devil you know than with the devil you don't know!  I ...

I think you are absolutely right.

The Russians love Trump to death.  Without him, we probably would still be helping Putin because he is just such a great guy (there is nothing wrong for him to love his country, not in the pathological way the real-estate man is stating it through MAGA), but wouldn't be doing that on such a huge scale.  

Who else other than the Chinese would have been far-sighted enough to buy their oil at $90/barrel at a time when the prevailing price was $40/barrel?  That was China's excuse to send him money when he desperately needed China's support.  At $40 Putin's refineries couldn't even pay their workers.

Friends are made this way.

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Post time 2018-11-3 00:42:09 |Display all floors
And remember I was the first to welcome you.

Try your hardest not to call anyone Wassim any more, not even Mr. 'Uncle Laowai" AKA Tradervic -- previously the incorrigible station chief from McLean, Virginia.

Have you seen a picture of the CIA headquarters?  

The front entrance was shaped like his mouth -- smiling outside but unsmiling inside.

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Post time 2018-11-3 02:52:23 |Display all floors
huaqiao Post time: 2018-11-2 14:00
It is the same with Philippines. It is the only pragmatic way to keep the peace and everyone sat ...

You're right and emotionally I feel the same way.

However, Beijing needs to handle things differently from Washington, both for practical and cultural reasons.

Suppose we send in marines (we are already strong enough to do that militarily) and occupy any small country that is in conflict with us, or even arrest its president like the U.S. marines did with Panama's Noriega (he is still in a Florida prison) during George Bush Sr.'s term, that would have given the West a perfect excuse to join their hands against us.  

Right now they don't have such an excuse and that's why there is still peace and quiet because a Western consensus cannot be reached in the face of China's strength and global community (datong) proposals.

So China has to make sacrifices on the practical level with the Philippines and now possibly with Japan too.

Another practical reason that tips the balance against our use of force is that we are developing economically-feasible technology to explore environmentally-clean resources such as Flammable Ice which is within the reach of very few other countries, at a time when every nation should be environmentally responsible to the global community.

On the cultural side, the most important reason is that Chinese culture itself advocates peace, and that's why it has survived without interruptions since its inception.

Anthropologists did extensive studies on high primates' social behavior and they found that chimpanzees in general enjoyed a far more peaceful social network than other primates and they had performed the best on the survival-of-the-fittest scale, and their collective harmony with nature accounted for the fact that one of their genealogical branches evolved into humans (Homo sapiens).

At the level of nations, aggressive use of violence -- especially the kind used when a nation has the upper hand and feels most tempted to do so -- is counterproductive because such violence is logistically non-sustainable.  

Just look at all the conquering armies of Assyrians, Athens, Sparta, Romans, Ottomans, Portuguese, Spaniards, Dutch, French, British, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and now the Americans -- historically any nation that uses aggressive violence to enforce its hegemony had ended up in failure.

That's because there is this intrinsic physical law in our universe that dictates against Hegemony Without Honey.  The days when Americans could take a joking stab in the ribs and laugh at themselves are gone.  Those were the halcyon days when Americans could call themselves "Ugly Americans," worked hard and were at least gracious to their ladies.

They were the most innovative and most globalized in their aspirations, and for about five seconds they were on the right side of history -- remember that the first transnational company was American.

Now they have shootings almost every week, try to hide from their debtors at the UN, withdrawn from nearly all major international engagements and are beating up their ladies when they are too lazy to work at sweaty manufacturing jobs.  America is sick to the core and expects China to foot the bill for the medications through levying tariffs against the latter's nominally "unfair" trade practices.

The only thing unfair about China's trade practice is that for far too long her industrious, highly-intelligent workers have made too many personal sacrifices (like left-alone children and many other social problems) to manufacture affordable goods for average American -- in the process enriching America's transnational companies while still getting blamed for their back-breaking efforts.

So now this army of WASPs have crossed the Lubricorn and reached over to the other side of the Moral Divide.

Such a side-switching deal with Great Satan is sweetened by the latter's promise that America doesn't need to care about Mankind's shared goals any more.  

It has withdrawn from nearly all the consensual treaties in the name of MAGA and the underlying message is "Let our lazy, selfish WASPs thrive even though we know we don't deserve It ."  

They are fixated in this anti-immigrant thing because they are not searching within themselves for the reason for their descent from their high pedestal, but are still blaming it on both foes and allies.  It is not even the Imperial Overreach of yore but the "Incredibly Shortsighted Mr. Magoo" at core.

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Post time 2018-11-3 03:25:45 |Display all floors
When a post is in the filters, you know sth nice is cooking.

Salivating is the word.......

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Post time 2018-11-3 09:10:33 |Display all floors
huaqiao Post time: 2018-11-2 14:00
It is the same with Philippines. It is the only pragmatic way to keep the peace and everyone sat ...

I completely agree with you.  Diaoyu Island is Chinese and there are historical records to reflect that, and there is no doubt about Chinese sovereignty.

But that's not the issue here.

The real issue is perception.

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Post time 2018-11-3 12:27:04 |Display all floors
Senecca Post time: 2018-11-2 18:41
I can see the Japan-China relationship not lasting long

Are you the ghost of that banned Seneca?  Hope not!

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Post time 2018-11-3 12:28:49 |Display all floors
wchao37 Post time: 2018-11-3 00:22
Thanks for visiting, newcomer.

You need to see an eye doctor.

Don't you recognise the moniker?  Very similar to the banned Seneca; could it be his ghost out to disrupt Forum again?

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