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Posted in: Top U.S. diplomat for East Asia calls China 'lawless bully' See in context

"China has not invaded anybody in a long time"

Tibet might be a long time back. They did invade Indian and Bhutanese territory as recently as a few months ago. What is the time frame that you are looking at, a couple of days is it?

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Posted in: Expect U.S. election to have consequences for troops overseas See in context

"The US learned a hard lesson on 7 December 1941. The US doesn't want to be surprised like that ever again. Where in the 1930s the US didn't take the threats from Japan and Germany seriously, the US now isn't going to let another power gain an upper hand like that. Nations have to know that any such attack will draw a terrible reprisal. Americas friends do not have to worry about that, only her enemies. Nothing in that to apologize for either."

IKR. Nothing to apologize for spreading freedom and democracy around the world. Plenty to apologize for inflicting McDonalds upon the world though.

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Posted in: Investors give once-loved Southeast Asia a wide berth See in context

"Maybe they can deploy their surplus resources and labor capacity during this slow period to shut down their wet markets and reform their fresh food distribution and retail sector. Then they - and we - won't have to go thru this COVID nightmare again."

This article talks about South East Asia, not China which is considered East Asia.

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Posted in: Expect U.S. election to have consequences for troops overseas See in context

US is a war machine with a trillion dollar defense budget. More wars needed, too many people still who have not experienced freedom, democracy and McDonalds.

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Posted in: Kono instructs SDF what to do on UFO sightings See in context

Fox Mulder should be interested in this. The truth is out there.

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Posted in: Nvidia's Arm deal sparks quick backlash in chip industry See in context

US 1 - China 0

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Posted in: Japanese dining chain curries favor with Indian market See in context

"Actually, curry originated in Pakistan, not India."

Sources please? Curries originated in Southern part of India where the cuisine is different from north Indian or Mughlai cuisine. There is a curry tree native to the subcontinent from where the dish got it's name.

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Posted in: Japanese dining chain curries favor with Indian market See in context

A dish for emperors to feed upon - William Thackeray

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Posted in: Reform hopes rise as China focuses on inward economic shift See in context

All 'reforms' in China have one objective - to strengthen the hand of CCP elites. Winnie the poohs war on corruption was a purge against powerful opponents. China's market reforms were intended to 'fill the pockets of the Chinese and shut their mouths'. 'Reforms' will be undertaken only if there are external enemies or internal dissent which threatens the picture of stability that CCP presents to the nation.

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Posted in: Pompeo tells Southeast Asia to stand up to China See in context

South East Asia is not a monolith. Laos and Cambodia are sold out to China. ASEAN has been unable to come with a joint declaration against China due to these 2 countries.

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Posted in: Chinese fighter jets buzz Taiwan for a second day as tensions rise See in context

Brinkmanship from Winnie the Pooh, not much else. He would already be aware that US is obliged to defend Taiwan under the provisions of Taiwan Relations Act if he tries any military misadventure.

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Posted in: China unveils global data security initiative; says some countries bullying others See in context

China unveils data security initiatives, all of which would be endorsed by PLA Unit 61398....

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Posted in: Australia turns to idled factories to pull it out of COVID slump See in context

"High wages were killing Australian manufactures. How much hourly rate gets paid waiters and kitchenhand in China? Australian minimum wage was almost AU $ 20. The factory worker minimum wage was AU $ 28.00.

Now we are not repairing some electronic home appliances made in China because the repair cost is expensive than buying a new one. We cannot compete production cost with China."

There is a solution to every problem. Lower the minimum wage and get immigrants from third world countries who will be willing to work at that wage. Better than running huge trade deficits with China and then allowing the commies to dictate terms.

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Posted in: Campaign for LDP leadership starts to pick Abe's successor See in context

Does Komeito have no role to say in the leadership choice? Or they go along with whoever LDP comes up with?

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Posted in: Australia turns to idled factories to pull it out of COVID slump See in context

The faster countries decouple from China the better. Should build your own manufacturing capabilities as far as possible.

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Posted in: U.S. debt will soon exceed size of entire economy See in context

"That theory could apply to households I guess, but not sovereign nations who can print as much money as they wish to pay off all domestic debt. Even having a $100 Trillion debt is not a problem if its domestic. Economics 101.

Foreign debt is the bad debt."

Not really. US also has a lot of foreign debt, mainly held by China and Japan. But China and Japan do not hold the debt for altruistic reasons, they hold it to keep the value of their currencies low in order to keep their exports to US competitive. Even if they sell off US debt (like China threatens to every now and then) it is not a problem if other investors foreign or domestic are eager to buy it up. It's not the holder of the debt that matters, instead of the issuer of the debt.

If any other country prints a lot of currency to pay off their debt it will lead to runaway inflation.

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Posted in: U.S. debt will soon exceed size of entire economy See in context

An economist once gave an interesting analogy -

"The world is dependent on US consumption for its growth. By its deepening culture of consumption, the US has habituated the world to feed on US consumption. But as the US needs money to finance its consumption, the world provides the money.

It's like a shopkeeper providing the money to a customer so that the customer keeps buying from the shop. If the customer will not buy, the shop won't have business, unless the shopkeeper funds him. The US is like the lucky customer. And the world is like the helpless shopkeeper financier."

US treasuries and sovereign bonds are not going out of fashion any time in the near future. USD will stay the world's de-facto reserve currency.

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Posted in: India becomes pandemic's 2nd worst-hit country after U.S. See in context

India enforced a strict lockdown when the cases were not many, but their pathetic government forgot that daily wagers would starve to death without work, so they are now opening back up to avoid further economic damage even though the daily count is growing.

This is just the official case count. In rural areas healthcare is patchy at best and non-existent mostly, suffice to say that though the virus originated in China it is countries like India which have their public healthcare in shambles which will suffer the most.

The only saving grace for the country is their relatively young population due to which death toll is still low as a percentage.

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Posted in: Suga says new gov't won't be interim See in context

I don't have much awareness of Japan politics so can anyone tell me why Komeito does not have any say in who the next PM of Japan will be? Or do they accept whoever LDP chooses?

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Posted in: China tries to flip the pandemic script, starring a 'reborn' Wuhan See in context

Wumao 50centers are spreading the canard of US origin of coronavirus over many online forums. Can see a couple of them here also.

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Posted in: Suspect in Portland protest killing dies in hail of gunfire See in context

"Hopefully, there won’t be mass BLM protests after this...."

He wasn't black

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Posted in: China commemorates 75th anniversary of end of Pacific War See in context

"While armies under Nationalist Party leader Chiang Kai-shek fought most of the major battles, Communist Party guerrillas under Mao Zedong forced Japan to divert soldiers and resources from battlefields elsewhere with low-level engagements."

"The Communists swept to power in 1949 following renewed civil war against the Nationalists and continue to uphold the struggle against Japan as a source of their legitimacy to rule."

The commies fought against the Japanese by hiding out in Yan'an. Mao was grateful towards the Japanese for weakening the Kuomintang enough for the commies to win the civil war.

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Posted in: Japan on alert as 2 powerful typhoons approach See in context

Ganbare Nippon

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Posted in: 75 years later, Japanese-American man recalls bitter internment in U.S. See in context

"This guy talk as if the same thing doesn't happen in Japan. Atleast there's laws against it in the US."

Well said.

“Almost 70, 80 years since I knew America then, the same thing, discrimination, (is happening) now” against minorities, he said. It “never improves, this problem.”

So many people migrating to the US every year would probably not agree to this statement. Unlike the US, a foreigner can live all his life in Japan but would still be considered a gaijin.

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Posted in: Japan provides ¥50 bil loan to India to fight coronavirus See in context

"India is the worlds fourth biggest economy with the largest number of millionaires of any country in the whole entire world."

Nope. India does have the largest number of people below poverty line however.

However, the government over there still spends millions on building statues and temples, while the public healthcare system is in shambles and the best Indian doctors leave for US and UK.

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Posted in: U.S. to hold high-level talks with Australia, Japan and India See in context

Should include Taiwan as well. That will rile up the commies for sure.

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Posted in: U.S. defense chief says China destabilizing Pacific See in context

"AFAIK two U.S. carriers with escorts are still in the South China Sea, a VERY long way from the U.S. to be up in China's face."

Most countries affected or threatened by China's SCS buildup would welcome the US carriers. Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, Japan would all want freely navigable sea lanes unless you are okay with a major shipping and trade route turning into a Chinese lake.

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Posted in: New Zealand court told shooter planned to burn down mosques See in context

And tax dollars will be used to keep him alive and well fed for next how many years?

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Posted in: India tops 3 million coronavirus cases See in context

More money is spent on building statues and temples in that country than healthcare infrastructure. That's why the best Indian doctors leave for the US and UK.

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Posted in: Fears grow over China's possible massive sales of U.S. debt as weapon See in context

Well said Desert Tortoise

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