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Posted in: Chinese armed vessels patrol waters around disputed islands, angering Japan See in context

China destabilizing the region and flat out lying about it.

The Chinese are not able to do anything other than bully their way into getting what they want. Some seriously despicable people are running things in China these days. They choose dangerous confrontation as the way forward to achieve territorial expansion goals.

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Posted in: Japanese chef stabbed to death on street in Vancouver See in context

The reported murder of a man at 3.30am after he had been out drinking. A tragic event, but no mention of drugs, racism or anything political in this article, yet speculation of those things seems to be present in most posts here so far. Without any proof what so ever.

Jumping to conclusions is on the rise, as is thinking the worst about many subjects. A reflection of the times we live in. We should all strive to contain imagination and seek facts and truth rather than fuel confusion.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese wanted for murder in Thailand detained in Laos See in context

AI is going to drive "fake news" and fake content to make it more difficult to know truth as opposed to designed disruptive perspectives. Unless some way is found to more easily determine AI generated over real content, the people of the world will face a future where misinformation is more plentiful than truth.

More uncertanty is not what we need right now. This is a potential disaster in the making. It will eventually be used to steal personal identities and money directly from bank accounts, drive more scams and destroy lives.

I am not a fan of this technology being introduced before adequate protections are firmly in place to protect everyone.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., S Korean coast guards hold 1st joint drill off Japan's coast See in context

China's continued hostile activities are driving other concerned nations into cooperative actions to counter China, in attempts to maintain safety for all and in support of the collective rules based order over unilateral, illegal and confrontational actions by a single country.

China is the driver of instability in the region, with confrontations, sometimes dangerous and violent, against a number of nations being its preferred "go to" activity. Of course affected nations and their allies will work together to oppose such unwise and dangerous provocations. It is almost like China is hoping to illicit a response that will initiate a conflict, so that it can force everyone out of the Southern and Eastern waters using the worlds largest navy and maritime millita, and its massive missile arsenal.

All in all China is the reason these collective colaberations are occuring and increasing.

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Posted in: Alec and Hilaria Baldwin announce family reality series See in context

A play for lenience

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Posted in: Australian military to recruit some noncitzens in a bid to boost troop numbers See in context

Not really a new thing. I did my army basic training with an ex soildier ( white ) who had served in the Rhodesian army. He was not yet an Australian citizen, but citizenship was being fast tracked to ensure he could serve. He had also already been approached by the Australian SAS to try out for that branch of the service.

This sort of fast tracking has been going on for decades to get those with experience that is needed is the services.

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Posted in: Security tight in China and Hong Kong on Tiananmen crackdown anniversary See in context

China continues blocking its history from its own citizens. Tell me again why Taiwan would want such behavior for its citizens?

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Posted in: Tech tip: Want to turn off Meta AI? You can't — but there are some workarounds See in context

I dont use social media, so I have never encountered it (AI).

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Posted in: Feeling flush: Japan's high-tech toilets go global See in context

It is one thing I most miss from my time in Japan. There is nothing good about a very cold toilet seat. There was no issue for me using this "technical" marvel except i did not read Japanese text, but even basic use was unforgettable. A worthwhile export for the world.

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Posted in: Chinese spacecraft lands on moon's far side to collect rocks See in context

Chinese spacecraft lands on moon's far side to collect rocks

Lets hope they didnt go all that way to get more rocks to throw at poor Taiwan. But with China these days it is hard to be sure.

A worthy feat landing on the far side of the moon, and returning rocks will be a feat also. Dont go wasting the effort.

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Posted in: Australia seeks military talks with China, closer ties with Philippines See in context

Everybody wants to talk with Papa China..

No, just need to tell the military chiefs in China directly, to back off. No point in talking to "dime a dozen" officials of low rank in the party.

The only other talks are how much more we will be charging China for the precious resources they can only get from Australia, when China interferes with Auatralia in international waters and airspace again.

Australian's as a general rule dont give a hoot about the CCP, its wishes or its agendas. All they need to do is become good global citizens, but CCP rule makes that almost impossible these days.

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Posted in: Prospect of peaceful reunification with Taiwan being eroded, China says See in context

The prospect of peaceful "reunification" with Taiwan is being increasingly "eroded" by Taiwanese separatists and external forces, Chinese Defence Minister Dong Jun said

Not true, not even close to the truth. The fact is Taiwanese people do not wish to be ruled by the oppressive CCP. There has never been the possibility of a peaceful union of China and Taiwan while the CCP remain in sole charge of China. Perhaps that would change if China was to introduce true multi party democracy to China, with a new constiution which would be needed to introduce such a change.

Taiwan has never been asked by China, to my knowledge, under what circumstances the people of Taiwan would discuss the possibility of a union or reconciliation. That would seem to be an important step in the "peaceful" process of which China talks. Without that the offers seem more ultimatums for surrender to single party rule and ultimately ending up like Hong Kong, an oppressed people stripped of their freedoms.

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Posted in: Japan conveys concern to China over military activity See in context

AUKUS - When it soon becomes JAUKUS - is going to be a great start. In time, other peaceful, rule-of-law supporting nations in the region will be invited.

It is going to get mighty confusing then. PJAUKUSSK will be fearsome when Philippines an South Korea also join, not to mention NZ and Canada. Where will it end? ( joking obviously).

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Posted in: Japan expresses continued support for Ukraine as defense chiefs meet See in context

Thanks Japan. Correct decision.

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Posted in: U.S., allies clash with China and Russia over N Korea's launches and threats to use nukes See in context

To the United States, France, Japan, South Korea and other countries, it is nothing more than a terrorist organization. There is no way that an organization that is not a nation can be granted rights.

DPRK may in the opinion of some people, be nothing more than a terrorist organization, but it is hardly the only nation to be viewed in such a way, especially with the conflicts going on in the world today. As much as it may disgust those people, NK is a country, a member of the UN, and a sovereign state that requires nobody to "grant rights" to it.

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Posted in: U.S., allies clash with China and Russia over N Korea's launches and threats to use nukes See in context

The situation on the Korean peninsula remains tense and no closer to a peaceful resolution. Both sides determinded to achieve their own opposing goals. While I believe every nation should have the same rights to have sattellites, and if able, to launch them themselves, the fact remains that DPRK is the one that constantly makes threats to attack others, while nobody threatens them in anything approaching a similar fashion.

The missile tests are a right, as is development of military forces, enjoyed by all sovereign nations and as much as I support the UN attempts to ensure a peaceful world, the mechanisims are weighted in favor of five permanent members of the security council, placing their positions and agendas above all others. Some of these five nations frequenty abuse their power to protect themselves or close allies from actions that would otherwise force a change in their behaviour. Examples being US protecting Israel over the war in Gaza, Russia protecting its invasion of another UN member, and China protecting DPRK from further sanctions or from UNSC statements of condemnation.

Nothing seems likely to change in the current climate of mistrust on both sides. This helps nobody in the end but puts all in danger.

Most nations do not oppress their citizens to the extent DPRK does, and when they offer threats those receiving those threats have an obligation to take them seriously and take measures to make themselves safe againt them. But I do not recognise any right for the UN to remove sovereign rights or equality from any sovereign nation or UN member.

I dont know where to go from here, but talking in good faith and refraining from making threats of violence, war or sanctions would seem like a sensible beginning. All should be willing to talk, and until that simple objective can be accomplished, nothing bigger can be achieved. Violence will remain an ever present danger for all sides.

War can not be allowed to look like the only solution, or the average citizens of the world will as always face the greatest danger and hardship.

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Posted in: China lifts ban on five Australian beef exporters See in context

Trade ties improve but the overall relationship continues to be frosty when China, time after time finds a way to interfere dangerously with Australian navy and air force assets in both international territory and even in the territory of friendly nations.

The Australian public is not fooled. China benefits from safe, delicious and good value beef for its people. The cost of domestic beef products will now rise further with supplies going back into China.

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Posted in: Philippines, Japan to seal defense deal at 2-plus-2 meeting in July See in context

China's move to enforce a new law in June to detain foreigners suspected of crossing its maritime borders for up to 60 days

Should China detain anyone outside its internationally recognized maritime territory, it will not end well for China, as it will fuel further FON efforts on a much increased scale to protect international and other nations EEZ. More nations will become involved in conducting such FON exercises.

China would likely pick on a person/s from a small nation with limited trade with China, as a test case. But do not anticipate any early arrests under this "Chinese law".

More ridiculous chinese posturing going on.

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Posted in: Asia security may be at risk if Japan-S Korea ties sour again See in context

There is no reason why building cotacts by both nations outside the direct politicical arena cant help the nations remain close, and build a level of trust not effected by new leaders on either side. What must be forefront of thinking by both is they are stronger together, so finding the common ground to base better relations will bring benefits to both in dealing with China and North Korea.

A different but in some ways similar dynamic between New Zealand and Australia comes to mind. they sometimes dissagree on issues but still find a way to work together strongly on many other important areas. for the greater good of both.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan in show of support for new president after China's military drills See in context

This shows America is increasing contats with Taiwan as PRC increase's military pressure on Taiwan. It is almost self sustaining now. Both major US parties seem aligned in support for keeping Taiwan independant and secure in the face of PRC hostility.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan in show of support for new president after China's military drills See in context

there is ONE CHINA guys.


Except in reality there are two disint, individual nations with China in their name.

The Peoples Republic of China. PRC

The Republic of China. ROC

The breakaway China PRC, is younger and has never ruled over all of the old ROC. So they want a second shot at taking it by force. Something they failed to do during their rebellion 75 years ago. The people of the world see thing clearly. There are TWO China's.

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Posted in: Japan to join large-scale U.S. Pacific military exercise in June See in context

Yrral, deterrence comes in many forms. Google it and see.

No nation has a monopoly on deterrence.

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Posted in: Japan to join large-scale U.S. Pacific military exercise in June See in context

China is not Europe as in your explanation. China is a country. Europe is not a country. What you are trying to say is China proper or mainland in a geographical sense.

I am saying China no longer refers to just one nation, as Africa is many nations but people from any nation in Africa can identify as African. China now means either one or multiple nations. China is now made up of two nations. The Peoples Rupublic of China, and the other China (the original), The Republic of China.

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Posted in: Ground Self Defense Force conducts annual live fire drill See in context

All units and people in Infantry, armoured, artillery, missle and other front line fighting units should be conducting multiple live firing exercises each year, not just one annual demonstration with a fraction of the soldiers participating.

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Posted in: Japan to join large-scale U.S. Pacific military exercise in June See in context

These expanded exercises now including more nations, is preparing a larger force able to work in unison to function together to handle any military challenge that may occur in the region.

It is good to see Japan having such a large multifaceted involvement. This is excellent real world training for its defense forces.

Taiwan is China but is not owned by China, as the UK is Europe but not ruled or owned by it, as Canada is North American but not ruled or owned by America.

There is only one Europe, one North America, one China but they are all made up of independant states that rule themselves. That is the reality of yesterday, today and of tomorrow. Those imagining otherwise are simply not backed by the facts.

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Posted in: Ukraine hopes to sign security pact with Japan before July NATO summit See in context

Probably best not to get involved. Let the US deal with it. It's basically their beef.

It is best to understand this is as much Japan's problem as it is the US or any other nation that is not fighting. They can help the victim of an invasion in any way they choose to. The idea that providing help to a victim is best avoided, shows a distint lack of humanity and morality. Lets hope your never a victim needing help, medical or otherwise, as you make it sound like you wouldnt deserve assistance.

The simple fact is that Russia is the aggressor, and making it easier or simpler to violate Ukraine and its people, is giving aid and comfort to the criminal, whether directly or indirectly. Helping the victim of this crime is to be applauded for its moral correctness and sends the right message that Japan will not look away to allow the crime to continue, but will give aid to the needy and reaffirm Japanese humanity is strong, its moral compass is steady, and it will not overlook the horrors being comitted daily by Russia, when it should not be happening at all.

Thank you Japan.

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Posted in: China starts second day of war games around Taiwan to test ability to 'seize power' See in context

The Potsdam Declaration endorsed the language in the Cairo Declaration that Taiwan, and the Pescadores were to be handed back to China. This was an agreement endorsed by Franklin, Churchill and Chiang.

Taiwan was handed to ROC and remains with ROC.

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Posted in: Low expectations for rare summit between China, Japan and South Korea See in context

It is easy to see which nation has not bothered to be invested in these talks. South Korea and Japan's leaders are in attendace, but China's leader cant be bothered to front up. Two nations willing to have a go and one nation barely making an effort.

It is fair to question the relevance of a handshake fest that accomplishes nothing.

One thing good comes from this, the two "leaders" can get togeather afterwards and accomplish closer ties, find common ground for their alliance in working with America in opposing Chinese hostility. So perhaps not a total waste of time.

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Posted in: S Korea, China and Japan to hold trilateral talks next week for first time since 2019 See in context

The only one the Chinese leaders is communicating is the honourable Valdmir Putin and how to help ending the Ukraine war in Russian terms!

Yet another reason so many nations identify China as being ruled by evil people. Anyone describing the war criminal Putin as an "honorable" man is delusional and not to be taken seriously. Putins invasion of Ukraine is the same as Hitlers invasion of Russia and so much of Europe in WWII, and nobody in their right mind would describe Hitler as "honorable".

If China has no interest in Japan or South Korean "nonsense" then the meeting is worthless and irrelevant before it even begins.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan unveil sanctions over alleged Russia-N Korea arms trade See in context


Non-UN sanctions are illegal.

So you agree that UN sanctions are legal, as is enforcing them correct?

This article makes clear..

Russia's procurement of arms from North Korea violates the relevant U.N. resolutions 

So you support the moves announced by Japan and South Korea, in support of legal UN sanctions, because they are NOT non-UN sanctions then. Glad you made your position clear, and I thank you for your support against Russia's violation of long standing UN sanctions against North Korea selling its weapons.

Clear support for the UN is important in maintaing its relevance.

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