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Posted in: China, Japan officials meet amid Taiwan tensions See in context

Japan is being sensible and trying to play a moderating role as it usually has done.

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Posted in: S Korea urges improved ties with Japan See in context

Look at a map. South Korea is surrounded by China, North Korea, Russia and Japan. Caution is understandable.

The SK is now the least reliable ally for the US.

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Posted in: China announces new Taiwan drills as U.S. delegation visits See in context

UN Charter

Rule 136

If the Security Council recommends the applicant State for membership, the General Assembly shall consider whether the applicant is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the Charter and shall decide, by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, upon its application for membership.

Good luck with that.

It is time for the UN to recognize the democracy that Taiwanese have forged.

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Posted in: China announces new Taiwan drills as U.S. delegation visits See in context

@GuruMick As a self-proclaimed guru I thought you understood the difference between Republic of China and People's Republic of China.

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Posted in: China announces new Taiwan drills as U.S. delegation visits See in context

The Republic of China has never governed Mongolia, yet it still claims it. Go figure.

Taiwan has never been a "province " of China.

Japan ruled Taiwan longer than the CCP.

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Posted in: China announces new Taiwan drills as U.S. delegation visits See in context

As some highly respected international relations pundits said over the weekend, it's always smoother when Congress stays out of day to day foreign policy. For good or for bad foreign policy is the purview of the executive branch.

Hopefully Biden and Xi can meet in person in Indonesia in November.

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Posted in: Kishida makes donation to Yasukuni shrine; cabinet members visit See in context

Queue the 日華滿協辦天下太平 war time propaganda posters.

RIP victims on all sides. War criminals are another story.

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Posted in: Kishida makes donation to Yasukuni shrine; cabinet members visit See in context

Is there a stall around the corner from Yasukuni to exchange trees for cash? Asking for a friend.

Any offering from government ministers is strictly personal and legal. They are usually not cash. PM Abe gave trees.

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Posted in: U.S. Vice President Harris to attend Abe's state funeral See in context

Welcome Vice President Harris. It would be a great opportunity to network and promote some strong Japanese women in leadership positions in and outside of government if there were actually any here to reach out to.

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Posted in: South Korea, China clash over U.S. missile shield See in context

China can pound sand on this one. South Korea has legitimate security threats from North Korea.

What to do about rouge nuclear armed North Korea is a larger issue. Even if China cooperated on an international deal as it did in the 1990s, Russia would veto anything at the UN.

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Posted in: China reaffirms threat of military force to annex Taiwan See in context

The CCP has continually argued that it is much more than that. The CCP sees the reabsorption of Taiwan as the conclusion to the "century of humiliation" when China was carved up by foreign powers including Taiwan which was forcibly acquired by Japan following the Sino-Japanese War of 1895.

China wants Taiwan's chip manufacturing. Taiwan makes something like 60% of the chips used in the world. It is greed with a little light "family reunification", but mostly greed.

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Posted in: China reaffirms threat of military force to annex Taiwan See in context

The media CNN Breaking News effect is beating the drums of war. It's good business. Don't be fooled. Things will shortly cool down. It's time for some confidence building measures among all the countries of East Asia.

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Posted in: China reaffirms threat of military force to annex Taiwan See in context

You are speaking about Taiwan's military here? How did you ever come to that conclusion? Taiwan's military is undersized, has few live fire drills and hasn't fought a war since 1949 when it got chased off the Mainland.

and they have one of the most technologically advanced militaries in the area...

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Posted in: Chinese, Taiwanese warships eye each other as drills due to end See in context

Where's Henry Kissinger when you need him? Republicans seem to be the ones that get along better with the Chinese and Russians.

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Posted in: Japan remains open to dialogue with China: Hayashi See in context

@OssanAmerica you seem to be arguing a point that does not exist. Japan's Bubble burst in 1992. I lived in Japan for four years after that in the 1990s. The economy stumbled along after that with some years of low growth, others of negative growth.

The Japan that could say 'No' way no more.

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Posted in: Japan remains open to dialogue with China: Hayashi See in context

That was then. This is now

I'm not sure you want to count the 1990s @OssanAmerica. Japan's Bubble Economy burst in and of itself through sheer hubris and mismanagement. The Chinese economy has been driving economic growth in the region ever since providing Japan and other regional economies investment opportunity and export market opportunities.

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Posted in: Japan remains open to dialogue with China: Hayashi See in context

Yes, a fantasy world. Japan has been in China's orbit for 1,500+ years. Neither country are going anywhere. Both nations prosper when they are at peace and suffer when there is war.

War is rarely the answer.

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Posted in: Japan remains open to dialogue with China: Hayashi See in context

@TigersTokyoDome. China is the #1 trading partner of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and the list goes on from here.

A prosperous, peaceful China brings huge economic benefits to the Asia region and beyond. It's hard to imagine the shape the Japanese economy would be in with a poor and isolated China.

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Posted in: Japan remains open to dialogue with China: Hayashi See in context

I simply do not want to see Cold War Round 2. All parties need to chill out and find solutions. The last thing we want is to pressure China into moving closer to Russia.

Look at a map. Japan is in a dangerous neighborhood as it is. Always seek peace, but most especially on August 6.

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Posted in: Pelosi says U.S. will 'not allow' China to isolate Taiwan See in context

The only problem with your thesis @William Bjornson is that the Taiwan Straight is roughly 90 miles wide. Sovereignty extends 20 miles from each shore leaving about 50 miles of international water free for all to sail through.

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Posted in: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi lands in Japan, final stop on Asia trip See in context

I'm pretty sure it's the Pelosi last hurrah tour (now with explosions!). She's 82. Time to retire and enjoy what time is left from your palace in Marin County.

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Posted in: Chinese-fired ballistic missiles fall into Japan's EEZ: gov't See in context

The EEZ extends outwards 200 miles from national territory. Taiwan's EEZ and Japan's EEZ overlap east of Taiwan. The Pentagon certainly knows exactly where the missiles landed but they aren't sharing.

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Posted in: Chinese-fired ballistic missiles fall into Japan's EEZ: gov't See in context

Both sides need to calm the F down. The Chinese response was predictable. Madame Pelosi knew what she was starting.

Go home, Nancy. You must be tired from all this excitement.

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Posted in: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi lands in Japan, final stop on Asia trip See in context

@Zoroto

American military base, American rules. Yes, this is still true in 2022.

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Posted in: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi lands in Japan, final stop on Asia trip See in context

I thought the issue was PM Kishida being exposed multiple times this week. That brings a new meeting to international exchange.

Note the lack of masks? Nana was wearing a big, bright blue mask in Taiwan. Is she trying to infect everyone she meets with while in Japan?

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Posted in: ASEAN-plus-3 foreign ministers begin talks, focus on Ukraine war See in context

Looks like the Japanese FM is the odd man out. FM Wang and FM Park get the hand of the Cambodian host.

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Posted in: Kishida eyes talks with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi on Fri. See in context

Asian Boss just released street interviews in China of their impression of Taiwan. Consider it your homework, China bashers!

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Posted in: Kishida eyes talks with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi on Fri. See in context

"The US side declared: The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States Government does not challenge that position. It reaffirms its interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves." Shanghai Comminuqe, 1972.

It's not clear to me what Madame Pelosi and PM Kishida have much to talk about.

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Posted in: Kishida eyes talks with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi on Fri. See in context

Hopefully Nancy brought some pineapple cake from Taiwan as an omiyage. Everyone loves Taiwanese pineapple cake!

Free and open Indo-Pacific, yada, yada. We have been here before.

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Posted in: Japan expresses concern about China's military drills near Taiwan See in context

Taiwan's $270 billion/year exports to China just took a big hit.

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