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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

The US leaving WHO abandoned Taiwan in its efforts to join WHO. The Us basically cut its ally Taiwan off at the knees.

The WHO had already sidelined Taiwan, and reduced its participation even further at the start of the outbreak. The WHO is tainted, and no longer a trustworthy multilateral body.

If anything the US lead 'may' deliver a new WHO where Taiwan will be welcomed, formally, and good 'untainted' WHO staff will be able to perform their good work without political meddling from Beijing.

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

because of the planning and resources committed by the prior administration.

I'm not convinced this ^ is the case in reality. Obama couldn't even get enough land for the marines to train on the Marianas (ie thwarted by Chinese casino).

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

Where did you get that nonsense?

History.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_War

Japan invaded, and controlled all territories in Asia Pacific that borders the SCS. Japan surrendered to USA, making USA the conqueror. All territories were formally dealt with, Russia got Kurils, Brits got HK back etc. the SCS were considered international waters, nothing formally dealt with.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_conquest

If China wants to treat the SCS as territory rather than international waters, then USA being the victor, still owns the SCS, still. Like the Russian with the Kurils. China was defeated by the Japanese and liberated.

Yes, we all should heed the Tribunal's ruling and treat the SCS as international waters. I'm just saying, IF, China wants to regard the SCS as territory, then it belongs to the victor = USA.

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Posted in: UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027 See in context

I'm not sure if this is a recycled story from another 'media' outlet or not, but it's painting a rather misleading picture of the situation.

Huawei lobbied the government to defer the purge until the end of 2027, rather than immediately/asap, the government caved!

BT has already begun removing 4G Huawei gear years ago, and had no intention of using Huawei gear going forward. Yet, the story is portrayed as somehow deleterious to Huawei's interest. Huawei has some 7 years of spying and wrecking to the system left (what they asked for)...not a win for the people by any mean.

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Posted in: Kono: U.S. military coronavirus policy has multiple problems See in context

Kono wants Abe's job. Debacle one after another, that gets him score with voters but lots of headaches for Abe. Most recent was the Aegis ashore cancellation, how many country rely on local political opposition as a driver of strategic defense policy? Just as well he is only in the defense portfolio, imagine if he was still foreign minister....sigh.

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Posted in: Japan defense review slams China's virus 'disinformation' See in context

2 superpowers using disinformation + an international body (WHO) targeting politics of the third superpower. It's ugly! No accountability either.

Can the world afford to let this go unchallenged. What of the next outbreak?

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

I sense a fight coming....

Actually, this development aligns USA's position with that of the international tribunal's ruling in 2016. IMHO, where there's any consensus, particularly with an international body, conflict is less likely.

Unless China put up a middle finger to everybody.

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

Few around the world care what the US says today. And that is the real cost of the modern Republican party.

Ahemmm, it was under two Obama terms that words from USA came to mean nothing, no action.

Remember the 'pivot', whikst Obama was pivoting China was building islands, sinking Filipino (a treatied ally of USA) fishing boats, harassing Japanese aircrafts .....

Despite the abhorrent divisions inside USA, internationally, the Trump administration has done more to push back against China, Iran etc. than any other administration.

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Posted in: U.S. debates school reopening; WHO warns pandemic will intensify See in context

Aust situation

There's a second wave going through Australia atm, and Victoria state is undergoing a second lock down....

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

*south China sea

*Indian ocean...

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

including the democrats BTW

No, this is an unprecedented position by the US. Under the Democrats, it was never declared 'illegal', it was all piss weak freedom of navigation whilst China was aggressively constructing military installations.

But it will be interesting to see what will come out of the Biden camp. He's already said he will reverse the WHO membership decision by Trump, first day in óffice! - speaks volume about his priorities for the American people.

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Posted in: U.S. debates school reopening; WHO warns pandemic will intensify See in context

China isn't a fan of WHO, either.

...because China considers itself master of the WHO.

This is all kinds of nonsense.

ok, now explain why?

The WHO said nothing of Australian states' different covid strategies, said nothing Japan promoting the Olympics whikst tgere are 13 millions active cases of covid around the world, yet insert itself into US politics?

Don't forget the WHO was also backing up China when China was pressuring countries to keep their borders open for Chinese nationals. Then there's the infamous Taiwan interview.

Yeah...kind of nonsense...

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

@Mr Kipling - not disagreeing with you. But there are doctors from a number of countries who has bilateral recognition of qualification with Japan working in Japanese hospitals currently. They are qualified to treat foreign nationals only, and no foreign nationals due to covid, no bonuses is where I'm heading with this.

I hope you're right, but these foreign doctors aren't exactly well remunerated in the first place.

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Posted in: G7 finance ministers call for full implementation of G20 debt freeze See in context

Good call, it's time we all show we want to take care of one another, even if only temporarily.

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Posted in: U.S. debates school reopening; WHO warns pandemic will intensify See in context

Please leave Trump out of it. USA is federalist country, states run their own health and school programs. The WHO is meddling in US political affairs, no wonder people don't trust it.

Australian states are also running separate acovidnd different responses, why hasn't the WHO provided the same comments about Australia? Answer = WHO is politically meddling in USA politics for its master, China.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

Asking wrong question - more appropriate to ask what percentage of staff with cancelled bonuses are foreigners.

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

China can't have its cake and eat it as well. USA conquered the entire western pacific, right of conquest means it all belongs to USA, unless otherwise formally handed over/back to various nations. The SCS wasn't handed back to anyone because it was supposed to be international waters.

If China treats it as territories (rather than international waters) then it's trespassing on US territory. This could get interesting...Putin is right behind 'right of conquest' mantra when he's dealing with Japan on the Kuril islands.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

Japan can run the games, but whether anyone turn up for it is another matter.

I don't think there's a lot of trust in the Japanese covid figures at the moment. Then there's how the rest of the world not exactly defeating covid.

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

If the F-35's are spotted they will be chased by SU-35s which are 780 km/h faster. They will not be able to escape being shot down in such cases.

Old, obsolete thinking. The F35 is designed around a force multiplication and standoff war fighting capability.

If F35 was tasked with interdiction, it would see the enemy well before the enemy sees it, and the enemy would then be targeted with missiles from asset networked with the F35.

If the F35 was tasked with attacking a ground target, it would have all the help of other assets like growlers, awacs etc. It would not be detected before the target is destroyed.

The whole idea of a 5th gen fighter is to safely send them up for them to do a job 'at a distance', beyond visual range, beyond radar detection, and NOT unnecessarily engage in combat (where you have a 50/50 chance of being shot down).

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

The partner nations in the F-35 program already shared the development costs. The US, Canada, UK, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark spent their nations money up front to develop that aircraft.

The partner nations' total contributions is $4.3 billions. Miniscule contribution! And is not representative of the 'now' apparent total cost of the program.

The only way for USA to get any benefit from the partners now is for partners to order more airframes so as to get higher efficiency and reduce production cost.

In the context of my original post, Japan knows it's getting one heck of a deal, as it has costed up its own program. As a comparison, India (alone) has reportedly spent over a billion dollars towards the PAK/FA program and still has nothing to show for it.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy, after Seoul visit, reassures Japan of alliance See in context

Hummm, is Japan as sure about the alliance though?

Abe's job now depends entirely on whether rocket man fires a rocket at Japan. Xi now hold all the cards.

Xi: sell China MHI.

Abe: Can't be done, it's our national pride.

Xi: Then expect some shiny rocket your way, and remember 'you' cancelled the rocket shield. Hahahaha.

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

Japan are actually planning to build their own 6th generation fighter.

Just insurance in case a nut job like Trump asks for sharing of development costs as well.

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Posted in: Despite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on Biden's age See in context

We're kinda screwed either way here.

Looks and quacks like it. Vote for Trump and America will be great but in smaller broken and divided pieces (read dysfunctional). A vote for Biden is a vote for Xi Jinping and Tedros of the WHO, goodbye America.

Why is it so hard to get electoral funding for good, competent and respectable candidates in US elections? Is this a powershift to enable corporate elites to run the country?

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party calls for government to cancel Xi visit See in context

I think Xi should be encouraged to venture outside China, so he can be arrested for crimes against humanity (unleashing covid19 on the world).

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Posted in: U.S. deputy secretary of state to visit Japan this week See in context

The SoS would be wise to cancel the trip. Xi has now got Abe's xxxxs in a vice, courtesy of his lacky, rocket man.

Imagine the political fall out if rocket man successfully sent a rocket to anywhere in Japan (with Abe now responsible for ditching Aegis Ashore). He is going to be spending every minute of his waking hours begging Xi to keep his rocket boy in check.

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Posted in: U.S. withdrawal from WHO to take effect July 2021 See in context

So a poor impoverished country like the DR Congo can contain a highly virulent Ebola, and the might of CCP China couldn't contain corona?

Corona was unleashed on the world on purpose, and the WHO is complicit.

WHO officials should be charged for crimes against humanity along with CCP leadership. Notice the anti Wuhan lab conspiracy is spinning even wilder conspiracies?

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Posted in: U.S. reports 55,000 COVID-19 cases in single day; hits new global record See in context

IMHO, fighting covid19 requires unity and cooperation, something Trump doesn't promote very well (if at all). I agree, it's a federalist system of government, therefore each state is responsible for their own well being (Trump is not responsible). But that doesn't mean the president can go about dividing the country during pandemic for selfish political gains.

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Posted in: Japanese bank predicts years of gloom for tourist hub Osaka See in context

Banks know everything! They know business takings/income, they know consumer spending vs income, there are also leading indicators that accurately predicts future income etc. They wouldn't be a credible bank if they can't calculate risk. Risk is their business.

As for Osaka, locals will spend again when they believe it's safe to do so. Nobody that I'm in touch with trust government figures on covid management.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

@klausdorf

The numbers are meaningless. Travel insurance will reflect this eventually.

...Osaka tested 40 thousand, but only 22 is confirmed negative, what does that mean? It means the 1,800 postive is just a figure. So is the Tokyo figure. If you have young kids, keep them safe!

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Posted in: New Zealand's health minister resigns after virus blunders See in context

I see the media driven court is in full swing here.

If you think Clark acted on his own, you're mistaken. Ardern's had a rough week, Clark is just pressure relief.

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