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wchao37 Post time: 2018-10-31 19:18
The century-long conflict between China and Japan is not a lovers' spat, and there is nothing to ' ...
An excellent post after which reading Abe and co. should feel more naked than their sumo wrestlers - in the coming winter...
Take "...that they are now feeling compelled to work with Chinese as equals -- and this is the hardest part of the equation they have to adjust to if Sino-Japanese cooperation is to bear fruit."
I had long ago written the result of their not recognizing their roots is akin to the hypocrisy of a young lad leaving his poor home to make it in life only to disown his parents later when he has made it but by servitude to the same others who had killed and downtrodden many like him. The same pain he had been visited by his colonial masters in all but name is now in turn being visited by him onto the family from which he had come. But alas in a reflection of his true character he continues to ignore that because if he doesn't he will only remember with passing remorse what he had done to those who had never bore him any rancor or ill-will.
What was the saying? Biting the hand that delivered but licking the boots that kicked....
The only question before Japan today and into the future is: what's to be next, then?
Play out both China and US? But for how long before the final reckoning for such an attempt at balance hits?
Align economically and militarily to the US forever?
But economically the US will soon see that Japan's auto plants on its soil actually hinder their citizens' demands for products from US' own indigenous auto makers who incidentally seem unable to sell to the Japan market (although surprisingly they could sell to the China market); what with autos, so too with machine tools, fine chemicals, microchips and consumer electronics.
And militarily Japan will be at risk the most if any cold war initiated by the US breaks out; there are already rumbles of extending the range of Japan's F-22's, stationing nuclear-tipped intermediate missiles on Japanese and the island's soils, opening a US naval base in the Taiwan province of China, pulling in a second US pacific fleet to try and push its weight around in the South China Sea, aiming ship-to-shore missiles at China's reefed islets. The perfidies are endless.
But doing so will only raise temperatures and tensions in the very sea through which courses at least thirty percent of world shipping. People are already asking how does a heavy concentration of US naval iron protect free navigation over waters it has lesser claim than others? They argue if it has equal claims, won't it therefore mean others can also have equal claims to navigate freely in the Gulf of Mexico or even up the Potomac. And since that squares out, the only global conclusion is that the US is irresponsibly trying to rack and juice up its military muscle in order to print a special card for the upcoming table to insist on compliance to its 21st century colonial demands - in which case why the mumbo-jumbo about international rules of law if it only really practices its own version of the law of the jungle - and in this, the same century, to boot.
Abe and his Japan should by now be not missing their own observation that some of the US hypocrisy has already rubbed onto themselves. No amount of polishing by Brift H the atelier located above a nightclub and a tailor's shop in Tokyo's Aoyama district will be able to buff off that most foreign particle.
After reading this, the US may try another tack to drive division between the growing warm relations by Japan for China. It will whisper in Abe's ears the magic word, "Senkaku". But if Hideyoshi had to invade Ryukyu to claim it under its Kagoshima prefecture, how can Diaoyu which is further away east of Ryukyu be a part of Japan? Is it because in claiming Diaoyu as Senkaku, Japan is acting as broker of the Taiwan province of China to independently claim Diaoyu as Tiaoyutai and so project some notion of independence from the mainland just because some geological disruption miilennnia ago had spun it offshore?
Both Abe and Tsai must take cognizance that if the US racks up tensions in Asia, they should not expect Russia not to intervene as well. And in doing so, the pro-Russia Middle East segments will rise in tandem to no good for the US, and its UK which knew days beforehand the plot to exterminate Kashoggi but both did nothing - because he was ready to spill the beans on UK's sales of chemical weapons for use against Yemen.
(wchao37, one expects two unnecessary responses after these comments. One by the barcoded baldie - who is having problems using his barcode to buy things in China. The other by someone else who remains virulent and vindictive to the core - she is in dire need of a psychiatrist. Both are z's. End of the evolutionary decay line, in fact. Just ignore them, China.)