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Chinese cook rescued after hot-air balloon crashes near disputed isles

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Silly man.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Nice to see that the rescue and repatriation were handled in a civil manner.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Maybe this rescue can ease the tensions a little?

7 ( +8 / -1 )

This is a good sign!

It appears that the Communist Chinese have "Ran Out of Hot Air!" - LOL

19 ( +23 / -4 )

Sounds like his goose was almost cooked before the J coastguard rescued him.....

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Your ten seconds of fame are up.

I hope the next person who lands on those tiny islands brings enough TNT to blow the things into history.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Good thing he's a cook - they always survive wrecks on the sea!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

No comments from the Chi-comm supporters on this one?

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I wonder if it was really worth it Mr. Xu, contrary to the indoctrinated racial hatred that the CCP instills, you were rescued and promptly returned without being detained.

You could have really lost your life over nothing.

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At least his tomfoolery gave publicity to the world that Senkau Islands sovereignty is under the control of the Japanese by his own blunder.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Chin is just blown it again.

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Wonder if the silly fool had an ad for his restaurant on the other side of the balloon.

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LMAO.....

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Well, I too somehow feel that this is a positive development, but its hard to say exactly why.

Apparently, many people in China see this guy as a hero (he is actually a famous balloonist) http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1395717/chinese-balloonist-rescued-japan-after-failed-flight-disputed-islands

But in my opinion, the Japanese coast guard come away looking like super heroes.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Cooks must make a lot of money in china

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Between this guy and Eagle Dad Japan is looking pretty magnanimous.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

How much will he be charged for his rescue?

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Would love to be a fly on the wall when the Japanese coast guard handed him over to the Chinese coast guard. Did they radio them in to come and collect him? Did the two boats meet in open waters? They just let him walk over to the other boat? So many questions.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Yes, more love and friendship is needed by both sides.

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At least his tomfoolery gave publicity to the world that Senkau Islands sovereignty is under the control of the Japanese by his own blunder.

That is quite the convoluted statement. Control is not sovereignty. If it were then we have to stop complaining about Tibet.

I don't do hypocrisy, though I know many who seem to think hypocrisy is a virtue.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Surprised the Chinese didn't have a boat handy , I mean lately they always seem to have atleast a couple of ships in the area.

The Japanese should have held him for trespassing or entering Japanese territory without the required visa, just to give the Chinese a nice new years tweak. LOL

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if the Chinese didn't rescue the cook then pop goes the weasel they have zillions of cooks in China rescuing one didn't matter goes on to show you people in china what your life is worth if your own country you will die for defending refuses to rescue you when you fell promoting China propaganda. You assumed taking a ballon to get your point across but you ran out of hot air. Assuming LMAO

2 ( +2 / -0 )

looking at the rainbow color of the ballon makes me second guess why the Chinese didn't rescue the cook LMAO!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Hahahaha! The Senkaku articles usually make me roll my eyes but this one made me laugh.

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Just reading some of the comments off your link obladi... Wow?!

daily 1:08pm What a loser!...........trying to go there to make a statement to the Japanese but only ended up needing them to rescue him............if you don't have the ability to make it there, rather drown in the waters then to have the Japanese rescue you............Remember that the next time you try such a stupid thing.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Thanks for Japan coast guard's help. Next time he will be landing better. China coast guard will surely do same thing if Japanese doing that. The conflict was started by Japan's government buying the island, and Abe's trying anything against China.

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We are in 2014/1 and China want to start this year with troubles. Serious, why cant each of us live in peace and love this world?

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Even if the balloonist actually made it to the islands, he would still be in legal trouble anyway for arriving on Japanese territory without a valid visa and not filing a flight plan with Japanese authorities (since hot air balloons can cruise over 914 meters in altitude, they're subject to ICAO civil aviation regulations).

In short, this publicity stunt could have landed the balloonist (pun intended!) in jail for quite a while even if he succeeded.

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cooks must be nicely paid in China now that they can afford hot air balloons with radios- especially ones that look like the type raced in competitions.

i guess the next step is Chinese Hair Dressers parachuting onto the islands

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[ "Chinese and Taiwanese activists have tried to land on the islands by ship several times but been blocked by the Japanese coast guard." ]

There are two different kinds of 'Taiwanese' living in Taiwan: 1) Native Taiwanese, once Japanese nationals, still remember and long for things Japanese. 2) Chinese Taiwanese, fled to Taiwan from mainland China after lost war to Red China, now ruler of Taiwan and buddy of Red China--both consider Japan mortal enemy.

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I wonder if the cook filed a flight plan with either Japan or China?

Glad the JSDF rescued him. Epic fail on the part of the cook but all's well that ends well.

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LOL - I keep reading this article and I keep wondering, 'What was he thinking?'.

Did this guy have too much New Year's Champaign or what?

He just suddenly - out of the blue thought: 'You know what? I think Im going to Baloon ALL THE WAY to the Senkakku Islands! Yea, that's my New Years Resolution!"

He should've called up Yves "The Jetman" Rossy and borrowed his jet pack. Guarantee he would've made it. Yves just circumnavigated Mt Fuji last

BTW: I wonder if Darth Xi sent him on that crazy little expedition just to harass Obi Wan Abe?

One must wonder...

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First great work by Japanese Forces, reasonable and polite exchange and return of aggressor.

Second, clearly this was the next attempt by the Chinese officials to nit pick and try to bully their way onto Japanese territory. Clearly they have not been able to accept reality the Islands in question are part of Japan. Period.

Thirdly i see mostly nice and happy posts only a few late comer Chinese Communist supporters hurrying to try to make any kind of negative spin on what was a supreme Japanese victory and a fine example of how a mature modern nation acts in such circumstances: flexible, respectful but firmly clear about its own rights on its own territory. Sorry no illegal entry allowed by any means, land, sea or air.

I highly doubt that this was at all possible without the official help of the Chi-Coms. No way at all. Now the egg is on their face.

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Wonder if the cook thanked his rescuers.......... Would had been a sight to see.............

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Curious to know if the Japanese confiscated the balloon. It would be interesting to know if any of the equipment or gps could be military or government supplied? I have my doubts that he could have made this journey unsupported.

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Publicity of this attempt will make him into a PRC national hero he shall garner wealth for whoever he works for and become a poster-boy for the continued invasion of Japan territories.

I wonder how long before they try landings on Okinawa?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Just another loser.

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Alright, so who let a chef fly China's best aircraft? Now their Air Force is just as laughable as their navy. I wonder how hard it must have been for the Japanese coast guard to keep a straight face when handing the moron over to China.

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But saketown, China practices capitalism more than communism. Actually they only practide socialism and capitalism. Communism in china basically stopped after mao left office.

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@ obladi: Not so sure if that write-up is all in favor of CC. http://goo.gl/4dS7dO at the end of this article says it all ;)

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