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Another fear mongering by advocation of anti China policy. What does that island has a value for "Invasion" ?

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elephant200Today 06:47 am JST

Another fear mongering by advocation of anti China policy. What does that island has a value for "Invasion" ?

The PLA will be largely on the sidelines waiting for their transports to stop sinking in the strait. They might very well just decide to invade somewhere else just so they have something to do and can setup their artillery.

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Today's anti China propaganda piece..

China claims Taiwan as its territory and has never ruled out the use of force to take control of it.

Japan claims the four northern islands as its territory and has never ruled out the use of force to take control of it. But we never see that in print. Should Russia be holding evacuation drills tomorrow?

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Mr KiplingToday 06:58 am JST

Today's anti China propaganda piece..

China claims Taiwan as its territory and has never ruled out the use of force to take control of it.

Japan claims the four northern islands as its territory and has never ruled out the use of force to take control of it. But we never see that in print. Should Russia be holding evacuation drills tomorrow?

Yes, they should!!! Russia should know it will never have peace while stolen lands remain unreturned in Georgia, Ukraine, and Japan!!!

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Are they practicing to receive an influx of refugees?

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I am fairly certain that before the JSDF "landed" on Yonaguni there was never anything like this on the island before.

Naicha are good at screwing things up for Okinawans

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Another fear mongering by advocation of anti China policy. What does that island has a value for "Invasion" ?

Maybe years ago it was fear-mongering. Today there are so many conflicts all over the world that being prepared is an absolute must to ensure the safety and well-being of your family.

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Don’t let your imagination run riot.. They were just conducting a tsunami evacuation drill.

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Tsunami and war disasters are two different things. And yet they conducted this disaster drill on the assumption that they were the same. 

I remember pre-war day Miyako Island where islanders were mobilized to hold fire-extinguishing drills by relaying bucketful water from person to person to the venue of supposed fire. Did it work in an actual battle? 

The dill on Yonaguni seems to me to be the same. It's nonsense and shenanigans.

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It serves the purpose of scare mongering China for one media cycle.

The dill on Yonaguni seems to me to be the same. It's nonsense and shenanigans.

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Mr KiplingToday  06:58 am JST

Today's anti China propaganda piece..

China claims Taiwan as its territory and has never ruled out the use of force to take control of it.

Japan claims the four northern islands as its territory and has never ruled out the use of force to take control of it. But we never see that in print. Should Russia be holding evacuation drills tomorrow?

Dead wrong. That has been ruled out since 1947 because the second paragraph of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prohibits the use of military force to settle territorial disputes.

Articles which cover Chinese aggression, belligerence, expansion and adversarial posture, as well the responses to it by other nations are not "propaganda". They are facts.

"Prominent China hawk Kyle Bass told CNBC on Tuesday that he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to “bring war to the West,” with an invasion of Taiwan likely before the end of 2024."

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/08/09/china-hawk-says-beijing-to-bring-war-to-the-west-take-taiwan.html

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Xi has been emboldened by his fellow dictator Putin invading a sovereign nation.

Taiwan is very much under imminent threat from Communist China - anyone denying this has their head in the sand - and were likely the same people insisting "Russia is no threat to Ukraine" almost two years ago.

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What does that island has a value for "Invasion" ?

Look at a Map and think.

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elephant200Today 06:47 am JST

Another fear mongering by advocation of anti China policy. What does that island has a value for "Invasion" ?

This is a typical CCP propaganda angle that we see often: denying the existence of the (very real) threat from China to lull opponents into a false sense of security so that the CCP can strike much more easily later down the line. It's the same logic behind the "China's peaceful rise" lie, which has now dissipated as everyone knows that China is far from peaceful.

The residents of Yonaguni (and anywhere else that could be in the firing line) are 100% right to take precautions.

(Other typical CCP propaganda angles to watch out for are: China's rise is "inevitable" so those that obey the CCP are "on the right side of history;" and the West is "in decline." Just two examples, but they are favorites among the CCP hierarchy and their online minions.)

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isabelle

when China will attack Taiwan and Japan?

it seems that you know more than all of us...?

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Kyle Bass, member the fourth CPD was established on March 25, 2019, branding itself "Committee on the Present Danger: China"

The fourth iteration of CPD, focused on China, has been criticized as promoting a revival of Red Scare politics in the United States, and for its ties to conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney and conservative activist Steve Bannon. David Skidmore, writing for The Diplomat, saw it as another instance of "adolescent hysteria" in US diplomacy - Wiki

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EastmanToday 11:15 am JST

when China will attack Taiwan and Japan?

I don't know. Perhaps you could check in with your CCP masters and try to find out?

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Your daily dose of fear.

Fear is a system of control and a way to manufacture consent for the military buildup and changes to the constitution which nationalists desire. Don’t fall for it.

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So, we had a drill to prepare for a North Korean attack, followed by this drill to prepare for a Chinese attack. Next up would be a drill to prepare for a Russian attack. But after that? What if? An attack by South Korea, Taiwan or U.S. are not likely, but are they guaranteed to never ever happen? Shouldn't we not prepare for that as well?

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Furthermore China and Taiwan are in a Civil war so it's not a territorial dispute either

Just plain contradicted yourself here. Civil wars are fought over territory, and China wants Taiwan back into it's fold, under the communist flag.

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Yonaguni is only 110 km from Taiwan.

If China attacks Taiwan, the JSDF should be prepared for emergency collateral casualties such as stray missiles and airborne debris

It's better to be prepared and not have to use it, then have to use it but not prepared

Fear is a system of control and a way to manufacture consent for the military buildup

Yes, China does it in spades

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Indeed. Taiwan is shown as a province of China in maps published in Taibei and Beijing, on that they agree.

Taiwan is China

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Disaster prevention training, that's surely a very good idea. Sometimes quite some extreme weather can occur there. And I guess, that's the only practical reason to hold such an event. Anything else is unrealistic. Have you been there? I 've seen that beautiful island a few times. In fact it is open or at risk of invasion to anyone. A skilled, well-equipped and under camouflage operating rambo-type intruder can catch it alone with a little luck. And of course they wouldn't have any chance if a small marines or ranger team arrives or a bigger Chinese invading team would intrude. The necessary skill and equipment level and even more obvious an outnumbering factor , that is all simply not given there, even independent of counting that newly installed JSDF radar operating base there.

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EastmanToday 11:15 am JST

isabelle

when China will attack Taiwan and Japan?

it seems that you know more than all of us...?

Could be any day, in which case you will look pretty foolish until you memory hole your comments. I, on the hand, will be right that the PRC is a threat for as long as the corrupt uniparty exists.

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Get ready. The reds are coming. Don't be lulled into complacency.

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"Prominent China hawk Kyle Bass told CNBC on Tuesday that he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to “bring war to the West,” with an invasion of Taiwan likely before the end of 2024."

Well, if some talking head anti China " expert " says it , must be true. Are you willing to put money down on a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan " before the end of 2024"? I don't think so.

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Randy DaytonaToday 03:50 pm JST

China wants Taiwan back into it's fold,

Taiwan is part of China anyway

Taiwanese ARE Chinese

Not according to them.

https://esc.nccu.edu.tw/PageDoc/Detail?fid=7800&id=6961

And the CCP split from the ROC so they are separatists.

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La vie douceToday 03:54 pm JST

"Prominent China hawk Kyle Bass told CNBC on Tuesday that he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to “bring war to the West,” with an invasion of Taiwan likely before the end of 2024."

Well, if some talking head anti China " expert " says it , must be true. Are you willing to put money down on a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan " before the end of 2024"? I don't think so.

I'd put some money down. Considering a war of Taiwan will devastate us all, I'm not going to shamelessly run around shouting it will never happen.

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' Are you willing to put money down on a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan " before the end of 2024"? I don't think so.

I'd put some money down.'

I doubt that.:)

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Randy DaytonaToday  12:30 pm JST

Dead wrong. That has been ruled out since 1947 because the second paragraph of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prohibits the use of military force to settle territorial disputes.

Perhaps it would be best to research the current changes or loopholes of the Japanese constitution before blathering about 1947

Its 2023 and there's been some changes

There have been no changes or amendments to Article 9 since 1947.

Best to do some research yourself before commenting.

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La vie douceNov. 13 06:19 pm JST

' Are you willing to put money down on a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan " before the end of 2024"? I don't think so.

I'd put some money down.'

I doubt that.:)

Would you put money down that there won't be an invasion in the next 10 years? I'd be happy to match whatever you are offering.

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Good to be prepared...

Because China will take back it's own province of Taiwan..

Like it or not...

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TokyoLivingToday 03:47 am JST

Good to be prepared...

Because China will take back it's own province of Taiwan..

I hope ending China's future growth for a smoldering island with no semiconductors will be worth it.

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China has overcome US obstacling of making semi conductors already. Your wish is silly enough!

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elephant200Today 05:52 am JST

China has overcome US obstacling of making semi conductors already. Your wish is silly enough!

Not to the level of Taiwan. And the mainland will control none of it, you can count on that.

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@elephant200 the answer to your question is location. You seem to have a pro-China view based on your previous posts.

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I'm sure we can all agree that a KTM victory in the upcoming presidential election will calm everything down. That's what is needed at present.

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This is the typical propanda piece getting Japan to open its wallet to pay for more US goods. Japan needs to increase its defense budget and buy more from the U.S. If not, it will no longer cease to exist.

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It was China already when the Taiwanese ran off there

Actually it wasn't, but dont let facts get in the way of your tirade.

Civil wars are fought over ownership of a territory

Civil wars are fought over a hell of a lot more than "territory!"

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Japan should support implicitly or explicitly Taiwan independence, in case China attacks Taiwan, for its own good. China is bent on invading and expanding. Now the East and South China Seas, tomorrow everywhere with a drop of water.

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China is bent on invading and expanding. 

Dream on. China will not give the U.S. the pleasure of war. Syria→Xinjiang→Ukraine →Taiwan→Iran. The U.S. gets bored too easily.

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It was China already when the Taiwanese ran off there

Actually it wasn't, but dont let facts get in the way of your tirade.

You're wrong on this. Japan lost the war and Taiwan was returned to the Republic of China.

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Civil wars are fought over territory

The term "civil war" isn't clearly defined. One definition is "a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country". That's generally the idea I keep in my head. Assuming country equals territory, it's not so much a fight over territory but a fight for control of that territory. The English Civil War of the 17th century fits that definition. Some would argue that the American Civil War was not really a civil war. The Confederate States had declared independence, so it was a war between two territories or countries.

Not that it matters. War is war however we label it. It sucks.

It was China already when the Taiwanese ran off there

I think (hope) you mean when some mainland Chinese ran off to Taiwan. Those people controlled Taiwan for many years and declared themselves the government of China. But when democracy was introduced in Taiwan, support grew for the independence supporting parties. If we follow the United Nations Charter, the people of Taiwan should be able to determine their own future.

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