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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

China has decided to impose sanctions on US entities participating in selling arms to Taiwan including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon, as well as related individuals and entities that played a negative role during the sales process, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday.

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202010/26/WS5f9681eda31024ad0ba81048.html

I dont think many US defense firms do business with or through China so these sanctions will be irrelevant to the US.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

Now that letter has the weight of a worldwide UN treaty and 50 nations added to the cause. That's pretty significant.

Forty nine nations and a people looking for statehood for the past 60-70 years or so. Not yet at 50 nations but hey why not fudge the numbers.

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Posted in: Australia's coronavirus epicenter to ease curbs after no new cases See in context

If it was so successful, why has Victoria had the highest death rate by far?.

It was exactly because of that high death rate (for Australia) that the lock down was put in place and it has worked wonderfully well. Australia and Victoria now has a handle on this virus for now which is in contrast to the US who announced they can not control the virus and dont know what to do (while Trump is leader). Europe is in the deadly grip of their second wave and all would no doubt rather be in Australia's position.

It is easy to criticize, however when your trying to pick apart something that has been so successful you just look silly. The people of Melbourne are proud of their achievement and will be "getting on the beer" when the bars reopen on Wednesday. We knew it had to be done and we did what Aussies do. We worked together to get it done and got through it as one. A few dissenters will always surface no matter what the issue is but those who did not believe in the science were a small minority.

To those who said this will never end, it is a conspiracy to enslave Victorians, you will never be free again etc etc I snort derisively at you and smile because we beat back the scourge this time and if needed (here's hoping it is not) we will fight it again and win again. We are judged on how we protect the most vulnerable in our society and Melbourne has shown we treasure every life and will do the hard things to protect them.

Well done Melbourne! Take a bow and on Wednesday enjoy a few beers (responsibly), you earned them.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

The world without nuclear weapon is ideal as we all know.

The big and powerful have always dominated the small. One way to ensure survival for small nations is to poses a Nuclear arsenal to keep the big powerful nations at bay. Without such a deterrent the world will no longer have any deterrent to full scale war between the powers. Conventional arms races will ensue and large scale wars will return.

Some form of deterrent is of benefit. Just what that could be without nuclear arms is unclear.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

The very act of using the nuclear deterrent would kill millions upon millions of Japanese people. The best defense would be to make peace with China, Korea and Russia.

News flash:- Japan is already at peace with China, Korea and Russia. However if any of them attack Japan then they have chosen war with Japan, not the other way around. That is why the JSDF exists and why people talk of defense and what can best defend Japan.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

There have not yet been 50 "countries" ratify this treaty. One signatory "Nation" called Palestine, does not yet exist or have a seat at the United Nations. Yet is is counted as one of 50 to ratify this treaty. I do not see how that is possible without it being a recognized sovereign Nation. Palestine must be freed immediately on 1967 borders and gain a seat on the United Nations before it's ratification can be recognized as legitimate.

The UN can not use Palestine when it wants to then deny it membership when it becomes inconvenient.

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Posted in: U.N. says nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force See in context

Let me know when countries like North Korea and Iran sign up.

Dont forget America, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Israel, France and England. Let me know when they all sign up. It is no point till all sign up. It will just be ignored by those who have them.

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Posted in: U.S. election may serve as critical juncture for U.S.-Japan alliance See in context

No doubt America's relationship with its traditional allies will be vastly improved under Biden's leadership. Soldiers will be returned to Germany and the extortion on Japan and South Korea for more money will stop.

Trump is and always will be a total idiot who looks after himself first, last and always. His country means nothing more to him than a way to make more money for himself.

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Posted in: U.N. says nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force See in context

Nuclear weapons are expensive last century. Biological warfare is the future.

We better all prepare for the zombie apocalypse then. There are no boundaries in biological warfare, it kills everyone. Thats why it is considered a weapon of mass destruction, as are chemical weapons and nuclear weapons. There are now active treaties now covering all three forms of mass destruction I believe.

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Posted in: France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health See in context

It’s Muslim leaders like Erdogen, who fail to publicly condone these acts of violence who should be held accountable - viva la france !

Dont you mean "to publicly condemn these acts of violence"?

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Posted in: 2 Melbourne schools shut after new virus cases emerge; 16 protesters arrested See in context

kyronstavicToday 04:14 pm JST

Agent X and Zaphod are 100% correct.

This is not about containing a virus that is only a little more dangerous than the flu (and to a very small % of the population), it's about social control and saving Andrews and co's skin after some bad decisions.

People spreading such disinformation are the reason some places have a runaway spread of this virus. Listening to them or believeing them leaves everyone vulnerable. This is much more deadly than the Flu. This is classed as a "pandemic" by all the experts for a very good reason. Those spreading conspiracy theories should be taken with a grain of salt. The lock downs and other precautions are required to save lives. Simple as that. Advocating for no masks, no lock downs or other precautions is beyond irresponsible it is idiotic.

Do not listen to such idiots. They do not care about anyone but themselves.

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Posted in: 2 Melbourne schools shut after new virus cases emerge; 16 protesters arrested See in context

@Agent X. World experts report more deaths from lockdown than SARS-CoV-2 deaths.

I have to call BS on that. The lock downs have not caused any where near the over one million deaths from covid. Your "experts" are fake. Anything even remotely close to that would be on the front page of every paper in the world. Spreading such disinformation is a disgusting thing. Be ashamed.

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Posted in: JAL offers discounted coronavirus tests to travelers See in context

All testing is free in Australia.

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Why would people down vote that Australia does all covid tests free? Charging for it just means cases will go unrecorded due to people avoiding testing to save money. Something that is bad for everyone.

So consider those down votes, down voted!

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Posted in: 2 Melbourne schools shut after new virus cases emerge; 16 protesters arrested See in context

The best way to deal with this is to get those infected, or exposed to the infected, isolated as fast as possible to contain further outbreaks. The latest hot spot shows there are still infected people in Melbourne that have not been identified. Until they are opening up fully is not an option, as it will spread like wildfire again.

People are looking forward to easing restrictions but some refuse to do the right thing and continue to spread this virus amongst the community drawing this out longer.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

*Buying Iranian oil.

Wish they had an edit but on this site.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

China could break the US embargo on trading with Iran and go back to guying Iranian oil and selling military equipment to them also. A move sure to upset Trump to the max.

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Posted in: JAL offers discounted coronavirus tests to travelers See in context

All testing is free in Australia.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

CCP is a PARTY BEFORE COUNTRY

Sadly that thinking is not isolated to China. In many, if not all multi party systems, the parties put themselves first. They all think their party is the best suited to lead their country and they act that way even if it hurts their country. Trump is case in point. Republicans would rather Have Trump as leader of the USA even after four years of disaster, than admit he should not get another four years to save the nation from further disasters. They hate democrats and would rather drive America into the dust, cover his crimes even when given a chance to hold him to account and retain leadership of the nation, than admit their chosen leader is inept and unable to lead. Even though privately many concede the point. Honest competent leadership is greatly lacking in the world today. It is needed to tackle pollution of the seas and air, climate change, mass extinctions. The world needs good leaders but sadly they are hard to find. Too hard it seems. One or two small nations have leaders that are admired but they have no power to make changes the world would follow. Not as long as so many leaders are there for the wrong reasons.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

China will sell high tech military equipment to North Korea and perhaps to Cuba as well. Although once Biden gets in he should continue Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba. Perhaps military aid to Venezuela as well. It will find something that is designed to piss America off.

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Posted in: Trump and Biden clash on pandemic, trade personal jabs at final debate See in context

Once again Trump failed. Failed to give policies or direction for the next 4 years. Failed on all levels except an ability to launch personal attacks that are made up of fake "Trump facts". Thank goodness he will be voted out in about eleven days.

Go Biden!

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

At 18 they can join the JSDF and be handed deadly weapons. If needed they can fight and kill to protect Japan. If their age is considered adult enough to make the choice to join and serve then there is no question. The country already treats them as adults and the domestic laws need to be brought into line.

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Posted in: Obama blasts Trump's tweets, track record in 2020 campaign trail debut See in context

When I think of voting for Biden I can’t help but remember the psychologist’s rule of thumb: past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior.

Trumps past behavior? Tells Lies, bullying, tells more lies, sexual assault/harassment, tells even more lies, supporting right wing extremists, keeps the lies coming, incompetence, lies yet again, fraud and did I mention he lies....a lot? His past behavior shows he will still be the worst ever US president if reelected. The pain and deaths for Americans will just get worse. There is no up side voting for Trump, just a complete demolition of the used to be, United states of America.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

YrralToday 02:45 am JST

North Korea missile base is located 691 miles from Tokyo, it will take less than 10 minute to reach central Tokyo,why why act like a paper tiger

So your advice would be to do nothing and be at the mercy and whims of North Korea and its arsenal of long range missiles? How is that a better course of action? North Korea has unstable leadership. China takes advantage of the weak and bullies them into doing things Beijing wants.

The only viable option for a free and prosperous Japan is to stand up to those bullies and tell them that Japan will not be cowed into submission. Japan will make its own choices and follow the international rules of law, remain a vibrant democracy and defend its freedoms against anyone wanting to take them away. Japan will make friends and even allies as and when it chooses to and nobody will be permitted to interfere. Japan has its own unique foreign policy and has often said no to US requests, just as it often agrees and says yes or yes with conditions. If you push Japan or threaten Japan then be prepared. If you attack Japan then the gloves come off and anything that follows is on you (who ever you are).

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

"Resolve all outstanding territorial disputes before joining" rule of NATO

NATO nations with long standing territorial disputes.

Spain V UK over Gibraltar.

Greece V Turkey over Cyprus.

Just to name two.

All were allowed into NATO regardless.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

"Resolve all outstanding territorial disputes before joining" rule of NATO

Rules to join NATO do not apply to a brand new arrangement. They will design the rules to suit the nations involved. As long as the members do not have territorial disputes with other members it would not be an issue.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

Japan cannot join a NATO like military alliance because that requires giving up territorial claims against Russia, Korea, Taiwan and possibly China, in order to protect the collective from being dragged into certain member’s historical disputes triggered war.

I do not agree. Japan can join a "NATO" like organization if it alters Article 9 of its constitution. Japan would need to be able to join collective defense of other members, as they would defend Japan and its territories if required.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

It's the US which is escalating tension in the South China Sea.

Sailing and doing exercises in International waters raises no tensions. What does raise tensions in the region is one country attempting to claim international waters and air space as its sovereign territory unilaterally. Constructing bases close to other countries and well withing other nations EEZ.

China militarized those bases and the South China sea and increases tensions with all nations in the region.

China is the only destabilizing influence.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

Then what is the problem with China adding some buildings and airstrips on China controlled reefs in scs?

Those man made constructs are either in international waters or the EEZ of other nations and China has no right to be there. They, like any nation can sail in International waters whenever they like. They can sail through EEZ of other nations but building bases in those areas is not permitted under International law. Their claim has been dismissed by the PCA. But you already knew that, like everyone who reads the news.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

Does this mean that Japan will cease sending its warships into the South China Sea to threaten China?

What makes you think Japan sailing in International waters in the South China sea is a threat to anyone? That makes no sense at all.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

When any regional group of nations get together it worries China. China says it is an attempt to contain its development. Nothing could be further from the truth as the amount of foreign investment going into China from companies from Quad nations and other nations in the region remain very high. Trade with China has only been tempered by Trumps trade war that could be over soon. China's development is managing just fine. What the Quad does it contain China's aggression and plans of conquest to create its new much larger empire under Xi. To limit China's ability to coerce other nations to comply with Beijing's wishes against what their own countries wishes are.

This does not make China happy. Which means it needs to continue and be strengthened. America may bounce back to sanity once Trump is gone. It will take many executive orders to remove all the damage he did in four years and earning the trust of allies will take time and effort. It will be worth it.

Let us hope Suga is able to make Japan a positive contributor to joint efforts by the Quad and other regional partners. China is its own worst enemy right now, and needs to chill out. Much like Trump. What a coincidence.

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