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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

This is all true and needs to be put out there

I doubt it!

It would cost USA more to move the troops back home or onto another forward base elsewhere.

Trump is being Trump, but don't be surprised if later we all find out Japan is already carrying more than a fair burden for its defense.

All the F35s, the base, the facilities, salaries of base admin people, Japan's own forces...it's a lot more than Germany.

Fairness aside, this Trump move weakens alliances, not something USA needs at this point in time. To me, it just looks like a series of moves to appease Putin. Also ask yourself this 'How is USA interest served with this move?' It doesn't, it serves Putin and China's interest.

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

It's going to be interesting to see how USA respond to Beijing's threat and attempt at suppressing USA's values.

I would have thought USA has absolute rights to carry values and upholds them in all aspects of its dealings with the world, especially trade.

The watering down of values started with Obama and how he favours pragmatism over American values, perhaps the world, especially the authoritarian world has gotten used to the idea USA will capitulate?

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Posted in: Mausoleum visit See in context

Agree with comments re' attire. The Imperial household has but a fleeting chance to communicate what they're about in these photos, yet to me it paints an image of yesterdayness, not with the time.

At the same time the look is not classical timelessness (that perhaps traditional garb could espouse) either.

Is it a case of not paying enough for a more competent PR team? Even sports stars seem to project their image more confidently in Japan.

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Posted in: Man pleads guilty over deadly knife rampage on bullet train See in context

If he attempted a robbery in a jewellery store, or if he went round a station pointing a toy gun, he'd get his time in prison. Why kill?

+1, it's an excuse. The guy was already out of circulation from decent mainstream society, the Japanese just doesn't have the social infrastructure to pick him up.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

I call this story BS and misleading. IMHO, The trade war and its impact on export has a much more direct correllation to a softening consumer sentiment (and retail spending) than the consumption tax hike.

In fact, there are economists (including ex reserve banker) who are saying Japan needed to do it rather than fool around with ineffective monetary policies (interest rate).

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

Trump has signed it, but will it be fully enforced on China, and will it lead to associated sanctions on Chinese businesses and government? Don't forget the tear gas were soyrced from USA.

We wait...

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

@ Hello Kitty 321

While I support the protesters in HK

you have a short memory....almost all your posts previously were denigrating protesters and pro government.

what right does the US think it has to interfere in demonstrations within China

USA has not interferred in any demonstration. USA is saying, if the HK government is hell bent ion anarchy, police brutality, continuous escalation and down right suppression, despite the Basic Laws guaranteeing freedom, then HK won't receive soecial trade treatment that it traditionally received.

BTW, do you expect protesters to stand there whikst police inflict brutality on them? Remember poluce were the first to escalate, firing tear gas on the elderly, women, and children peacefully marching.

Also, do you expect USA to continue to grant trade concession to a brutal suppressive, unrespected government?

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Posted in: Britain's chief rabbi warns 'poison' of anti-Semitism has taken root in Labour See in context

This article is about how the frightened Right have weaponized antisemitism to attack the perceived "enemy", "the Left" by exploiting the goodwill and great sympathy of non-Jews for the Jewish people who were victims of the worst mass killings in modern times.

and this ^^^ is what the Labour Party is about. Attacking the messenger that dare to speakout to defend against what is considered universally as the most regretable act of inhumanity in the history of the world.

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Posted in: Britain's chief rabbi warns 'poison' of anti-Semitism has taken root in Labour See in context

There will never be a solution unless an agreement can be reached between the Jews and the Palestinians

and Corbyn won't be a positive contributor to this process. If you say neither would Netanyahu, I woukd agree with you too. BUT, you seem to confuse a particular politician with an entire country (Netanyahu, Israel), or at least refer to them interchangeably to argue your point. Similarly, when it comes to the sins of the Labour Party, you conveniently isolate Corbyn, or inclusively lump them all together to argue your point. It's not convincing.

There is a reason the Labour Party had to have an enquiry into anti-semitism, there is also a reason why Corbyn had to 'regret' his words, and it's not because of wanting to help in the Israeli / Palestinian peace process. It's for their, his own political hide.

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Posted in: Britain's chief rabbi warns 'poison' of anti-Semitism has taken root in Labour See in context

Arabs living in Israel have more rights than those living in Palestinian territories. Explain that?

and more...

The Israel Innovation Authority is actively targeting a tech workforce of 20% Arabs, backed with real loan guarantees by the government. It is obviously a win win situation to foster skills in the Arabs population. If only people like Corbyn could put away his prejudice and encourage Arabs to work with rather than against Israel.

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Posted in: Britain's chief rabbi warns 'poison' of anti-Semitism has taken root in Labour See in context

@zichi

So why does criticism against Netanyahu

Because Corbyn didn't just stick to criticism of Netanyahu, or his policy. His entrenched hatred of Israelis is on display too. Corbyn considers Hamas, Hezbollah friends because they want to annihilate the people of Israel, that to me is a pure anti-semitism, the last regime to have that kind of mentality was the Nazis.

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Posted in: China overtakes U.S. in number of diplomatic missions See in context

meh...slow news story. So what? More doors for defecting, more avenues for learning about CCP bad behaviour.

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Posted in: Robert Redford warns of 'dictator-like' Trump See in context

Whether you approve of Trump or not, he certainly has polarized America.

I personally thinks he doesn't get enough credit for the good AND bad things he has done, and for that you can't give him a second term, ie such an insular leader doesn't represent healthy democracy.

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Posted in: China fans desert K-pop star for 'liking' Hong Kong tweet See in context

Speaks volume about what kind of people the CCP is cultivating. Outrage at supporting people they call their own, but silence at atrocities in Xinjiang and other atrocities like organ harvesting.

Humanity according to Xi.

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Posted in: Britain's chief rabbi warns 'poison' of anti-Semitism has taken root in Labour See in context

Many members, officers and MPs have been forced out by anti-semites. Many candidates for the upcoming GE have expressed anti-semetic views but were still endorsed by the Party. It's disgraceful.

Agreed! It is truely disgraceful that in this day and age we still have politicians who are hell bent on debasing democracy. IMHO, Corbyn is anti-semitic to the extreme. I am more surprised the Jewish community has not spoken out earlier, like when Corbyn refers to Hamas, Hezbollah etc as 'friends'. His whole narrative in dealing with world issues is the same conspiratorial narrative that the Nazis employed. He loves Israel's enemies, hate Israel - first order principle says he's anti-semitic.

As for pro-Corbyn supporters, here and elsewhere, if you have to grab at straws and go beyond first order principle to make your argument, you've fallen into Corbyn's hole.

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Posted in: Singapore invokes 'fake news' law for first time over Facebook post See in context

The new fake news laws doesn't apply to the PM obviously.

HHe tried to rewrite history recently in support of the genocidal Pol Pot regime.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-singapore-vietnam/cambodias-hun-sen-says-singapore-supported-genocide-idUSKCN1T80QE

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Posted in: Australia probes allegations China tried to plant spy in parliament See in context

Trade war, then doped up olympic swimmer, Xinjiang files, now this spy defector.....Xi must be mighty paranoid right now (that his enemies are whiteanting him).

Then, there's this doozer, Chinese embassy in Australia immediately went into damage control and issued a press release saying the spy is a fraudster, complete with supporting documents with names shown Wang Liqiang, where normally in cases like this they neither confirm nor deny that someone is a spy.

EXCEPT, Wang Qiang is his actual 'passport' identity (he has a few being a spy), and Wang Liquiang is an alias he made up for the 60 minutes interview. LOL, someone in the Canberra Chinese Embassy is probably getting spanked at this moment for falling into a trap setup by a 'alleged fraudster', ROTFL, take those playboy mags out of your trousers before the spanking...

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Posted in: Landslide democratic win in HK election raises pressure on city's leader See in context

the Chinese classify the whole Uighur population as terrorists?

Does that surprise you?

The CCP classify their entire population, including their own card carrying members as a social experiment during the 'Great Leap Forward' era that saw 60 millions Chinese starved or tortured to death.

Fast forward a few decades, they supported the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia who classify the entire Cambodian population as evil capitalists and systematically killed millions of them.

They are still on the path of 'beat them harder and harder until they submit' as you can see in HK.

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Posted in: Aston Martin unveils first SUV, eyes luxury buyers in China See in context

Doesn't matter.....about style, specs, ability, performance....

As long as it's priced high enough for the 'I'll buy it cause no one else can afford it crowd', it'll be a success.

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Posted in: Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong campus protest See in context

Well done HK police, restoring safety for the citizens of Hong Kong.

LOL, BB you're pure comedy ROTFL, the Police has done so well, the police chief got replaced....hahaha.

BTW, violence is just wrong! No argument. But when you look at the disproportionate use of force, the asymetry of force, who 'should' be in charged. It's obvious the police were NOT running an agenda of law and order, nor stability and deserve all the flack they get.

Lam should roll next, else, the protesters should continue their quest for justice and freedom (even uf it's only until 2047). She was ultimately the one that was calling these really poor decisions. Blunder after blunder...

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Posted in: Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters See in context

I don't know whether reporting quality is poor due to the intensity of the fight, but social media is reporting police have now sealed off the area, blocked all roads in/out.

Now, if they had done this (and waited out the protesters) 'BEFORE' they stormed the campus, surely the situation wouldn't have got out of control. The protesters would have simply gave themselves up from thirst and hunger after a week of waiting?

So the question is, did Lam forced the police to storm the campus? It appears like police know sealing off was an option, why did tgey storm the campus then seal off? Seems counter intuitve if you want to avoid confrontation.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police seal off university; threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates See in context

Given how the situation has been carefully set, calibrated with escalation to 'proposed' use of live rounds, IMHO, Lam is trying to start a civil war, inorder to bring in Chinese rule soon/now instead of 2047.

I could never imagine a competent law enforcement organization anywhere, one with 'self determination' guaranteed in its laws (the Basic Laws), could drift so far towards making its own citizens enemies so as to stoke tensions and conflicts. I could only see a hidden agenda here. Lam will be remembered as the single person who planned and oversaw the destruction of HK and its values.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police seal off university; threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates See in context

I beg to differ, were it not for the HK police separating the thugs from the citizens of Hong Kong, we'd probably have 10 to 20 cases of Hong Kongers being burned alive with gasoline by the protestors by now.

This ^^^ doesn't even make sense if you take away the bias.

If it weren't for the police and Lam's orders and provocation, we'd still simply have mom, dads, kids marching peacefully in the streets.

Law enforcement are trained to deal protests peacefully, until it turns into civil unrests, Lam turned it into civil unrests for political purposes. Civil unrests becomes conflicts if not de-escalated, Lam chose to escalate each and every time. She has the power. Your bias deny this fact.

The Hong Kong police have shown incredible professional restraint

If it weren't for your bias, I might have given more serious thought about this ^^^ statement, but it seems you can't utter anything without bias. There is a power asymmetry between police and protesters, Police have used it each and everytime, and not only that, they have been the ones to escalate the use of force each and everytime as well. Even now, live rounds vs bow and arrows? Seriously, the title of this peace (live rounds), and you still manage to say 'professional restraint'? Sigh...take away the bias....

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Posted in: Hong Kong police seal off university; threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates See in context

@Burning Bush

HK police have a duty to restore order and safety for common citizens

and yet, 5 months on, and all we have is escalation. Is this considered dereliction of duty then?

Threat to use live rounds? The police already have, more than once, against an unarmed protester.

BB, you seem to be quite happily ignorant about the fact Lam, the Police have a job, they have not done their job, in 5 months of unrest. Yet, they're still there looking like they're working. They should be sacked, or in a working democracy they'd have resigned. Heck, in any other state, purely on morals, Lam should have resigned already, look at Morales for an example.

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Posted in: High tides surge through Venice See in context

Time to bring in some Dutch engineers and get with the dike building.

They already spent $6.5 billions to build floodgates that don't work. It was supposed to finish in 2011, and it looks like they might not even finish it.

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Posted in: Japanese professor detained in China freed See in context

Missing from the report us the fact he is only out on Bail, AND that he had confessed to unspecified crime against the state. It is likely tge Japanese government will forfeit bail and advise he shouldn't return to China to face trial.

Moral of the story, even if you were invited to go to China by a Chinese institution, don't. This professor was invited by a Chinese academic institution, but he didn't even get to make his speech before he was arrested.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police say protesters out of control See in context

https://thediplomat.com/2019/11/why-is-china-detaining-more-foreigners/

"...it seems clear that the detention of professors and other foreigners in China is part of the country’s clampdown on speech and thought"

It is part of a wider pattern in general to suppress! If you want to see the violence in isolation, then you're not seeing the whole picture. The picture that millions HKers saw when they first marched.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police say protesters out of control See in context

Whether you believe that the protesters are violent hooligans seeking to empower themselves by taking advantage of China asking Hong Kong's government to put in place a legal process where those who commit murder in China and then hide from justice in Hong Kong could be returned to face justice, or people who put up with a foreign chosen government for 99 years suddenly wanting to choose their own independent government, is up to you.

Meh, you manufactured this ^^^ entire narrative up so you can lecture and stand on some kind of moral high ground.

The protesters did not setout to empower themselves. They, along with millions others who march in the streets were in fear of 'the bill'. The bill that could see them whipped off to China for thinking independently. The Basic Law enshrines this right for them until 2047!

Lam sought to stampede over the marchers by escalating and firing tear gas and water cannon at the marchers. So the elder, women, children, and those with a tenuous job stopped. Emboldened by this, she escalated again to the use of paramilitaries and thugs. More stayed at home. Emboldened by more staying at home, she started spraying bullets....can you see the picture now?

This situation in HK, is not about violence and who's right or wrong, they are all wrong. Lam made sure both sides are wrong, but as long as this ultimately achieves China's goal of suppressing speech and thoughts independent of the Chinese Communist Party, she will continue on this path.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police say protesters out of control See in context

Just in the past 3 days

and yet, the government and poluce under Lam has had 5 months to de-escalate, but chose to escalate each time.

You'd think somewhere, someone knows the basics of keeping law and order, ie first de-escalate.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-escalation

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Posted in: Protesters blockade universities, stockpile makeshift weapons as chaos grips Hong Kong See in context

I just can't believe, with all the experts under Lam's control, not a single one of them know how to de-escalate.

Hint Mrs Lam - police (attack dogs) carrying and discharging side arms can only lead to intense escalation, because you've escalated from mere suppression of free speech to potential death.

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