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Japan, Philippines urge China to respect law for Asian stability

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In one ear and out the other, China only cares about what China wants.

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IFF every country who has a stake in this bands together and puts up a united front imposing their own sanctions, without regard for the United Nations, what recourse would China have but to capitulate, or all out regional war.

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You get more with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.

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I'm not sure I'd ever want to shake the hand of a man who is encouraging death squads against his own people.

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I think Japanese men need to wear Summer clothes in Southeast Asia,

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From what I have observed over the last 8 years Japan only cares about what Japan wants.

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Tensions in Asia spiking, and apparently it's all about to kick off between Ukraine and Russia, with over a 100,000 Poles having formed militias in the last few weeks as they fear a Russian blitzkreig. Are we standing on the precipice?

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Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, Vietnam and other countries need to take a unified stand to counter the PRoC.

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When Japan starts following the same laws, THEN they can talk about China doing the same. Not before.

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Mr. Kishida is the person to have tried to split ASEAN before UNCLOS arbitration award on SCS of July 12.

This is my comment somewhere on Aug.5.:

"You people here are exchanging innocent conversation but think what the US was trying to do with the UNCLOS arbitration in SCS. There were two U.S. Carrier Strike Groups, Ronald Reagan now back to Yokosuka and John C. Stennis now on the way back to the US and Amphibious Ready Groups in SCS before the award of UNCLOS arbitration to Philippines . Be scared by such a scale of US combat readiness.

Two days ago GT reported; Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has warned of offshore security threats and called for substantial preparation for a "people's war at sea" to safeguard sovereignty. Chang was speaking during an inspection of national defence work in coastal regions of east China's Zhejiang Province. I think this warning had something to do with Boxer, Amphibious assault ship which was near Vietnam two days ago and now on the way back to San Diego.

If Philippines or Vietnam did something or ASEAN was split, it was very likely that physical conflicts or even a war may have started here in Asia. You people really want a war in this region? "

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Since Xi Jin-ping and Zhongnanhai have unmasked their aggressive paths, this is a very good sign of alliance and partnership. Also, I would like to suggest that the world opinion will help to create new names for the so-called East China Sea and South China Sea. Frankly, there has been no dispute in the Japan Sea and the Southeast Asia Sea. Simply naked aggression, according to the UN resolutions and the PCA ruling of July 12, 2016..

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Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, Vietnam and other countries need to take a unified stand to counter the PRoC.

I'm hoping that this ongoing conflict has that effect. Brings the nations you mentioned together along with Myanmar and India.

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The Philippines and China both admits that there is a territorial problem and will eventually talk and solve the issue.

Japan on the other hand insists that there is no territorial dispute and will even go to the extent of dragging the USA and as many countries possible to help her cause .

President Duterte is aware of this and will act foremost with the welfare of the Filipino people in mind.

Even President Obama is not coy about this that's why Washington's tough words against China is always moderated by sayin America is neutral on the sovereignty issue.

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Amazing to read threads full of "China threat " and "China containment". You people write much better English but you may read only main stream media. The following quote is part of the article of STRATFOR which is an US based think tank and called private CIA. This explains semi-failure of "Russia containment".strategy of the US.

"But even if Turkey will not abandon support of the Syrian rebels, it may engage with Iran and Russia on shared goals, including containing the Islamic State and Kurdish rebels. Given the international and domestic forces working against the Turkish government right now, it makes sense for Turkey to set aside its differences with Russia and Iran over some aspects of the Syrian conflict so as to collaborate where they have shared interests. For example, Turkey, like Russia, already has considerable economic links with Iran: On Aug. 10, Turkey's customs minister announced that since sanctions against Iran were lifted in January there has been a 30 percent increase in trade between the two countries. Both would like to continue fostering those ties."

The failed coup in Turkey is said the plot by the US although White House denies. Please try to see things fairly otherwise you unconsciously become a party to the outrageous US war mongers. You people know what actually happened in Ukraine, Syria, Libya and others. Lots of vote down?  

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The rest of the world can hit China where it hurts - money and power. We all created this monster. All we have to do is STOP investing there, STOP creating factories there and for once think about something other than how much more profit we can make. Just turn off the tap.

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What's the problem here? China only wants a safe space where Chinese people feel comfortable.

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What's the problem here? China only wants a safe space where Chinese people feel comfortable.>

I think he's serious.

They do not need to do what they are doing in order to feel safe. They are the ones making everyone else feel at risk and threatened.

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The rest of the world can hit China where it hurts - money and power. We all created this monster. All we have to do is STOP investing there, STOP creating factories there and for once think about something other than how much more profit we can make. Just turn off the tap.

This tactic has been mentioned a million times before and over the last 2 decades has there been any sign that Western businesses would move in that direction? No, quite the opposite. A lot of very wealthy people in the West and Japan made their fortunes on the back of cheap Chinese labor. And because no Western governments made a truly concerted effort to direct Western businesses to stop dealing with China, there was very little success on the divestment front. China is now rapidly moving towards a service economy, much like the West, in order to stop being so reliant on cheap exports. They wish to move up the value chain, competing directly with the likes of Japan and Germany on more high end exports. The opportunity to hurt China directly this way is coming to a close quite fast.

That said, there is a significant opportunity to build up our relationship with neighbours in Asia, helping to lift their citizens out of poverty and earning more powerful friends in the process. Of course, the whole Make In India concept is encouraging a great deal of money into India, to the point that India has now overtaken China as the number one target for foreign investment. On the whole, that's a good move, as India is far more likely to be a friend of the West than China ever was. The worlds largest democracy with a very strong expat community in places like the U.S for example "could" make for a great future relationship between India, western countries and Japan.

If you want Western countries and Japan to move away from China, you have to offer an alternative that is at least as good, so we should focus our energies on encouraging joint businesses in friendly democratic Asian countries as they best way forward, rather than trying to plot some big move against Chinese divestment which is all too late anyway.

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Western business' including Japanese have been slowly moving out of China over the last five years. While the media highlights the political issues, business' have been reacting to the rise in labor and other costs in China, advantages which fueled China's economic growth over the last 25 years, and the increasing difficulty that the Chinese government and court system poses for foreign companies. But he political issue is also real as China is the only major trading country that mixes trade and geopolitics rather easily, as seen in the rare metals case of 2010 which caused buyers globally to seek new more reliable sources, Southeast Asian nations, South American ones are biting at the bit to replace China. The developed nations should, and in fact are, looking in this direction, At least let's do business with countries that aren't going turn their profits into weapons to use against us,

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