“… In the East China Sea, China refuses to accept Japan’s administration of, or its claims to, islands that Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu.”
The foreign minister comment, in my opinion, can mean only one thing – war. Soon China will wage war against Japan, and that also means against America.
According to wikipedia, “overdetermination is a phenomenon whereby a single observed effect is determined by multiple causes at once, any one of which alone might be enough to account for (“determine”) the effect.That is, there are more causes present than are necessary to generate the effect”. In this strictly technical sense Japan’s deflation [...]
While major conflicts have been deterred, it is unclear whether Japan and South Korea are reassured. Publicly and in private discussions, Japanese and South Korean officials insist that they trust US defense commitments. But they ask revealing questions about the conditions under which the United States would act, and how it would do so. They [...]
That Japan is secretly developing nuclear weapons is just a rumor based on Japan’s capabilities. Japan is quickly capable of developing nuclear weapons should it wish to do so. There is no actual proof that it intends to do so.
Chinese leaders might be thinking that they are running out of time. If Japan does [...]
China’s neighbors are increasingly nervous about Beijing’s expansive territorial claims and other manifestations of abrasive behavior. They are eager to huddle behind America’s security shield, and Washington seems quite willing to reiterate security guarantees to its allies. Most recently, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized that the U.S. defense treaty with Japan remained crucial and [...]
Echoes of 1914
It isn’t that either Japan or China wants war necessarily — though both are arming noticeably.
What’s more likely going on in the East China Sea is that two of the world’s largest economies — China is No. 2 and Japan No. 3 — have ramped up their bullhorn rivalry as a means of deflecting attention from their [...]
… Abe is now seeking to allow Japan to come to the aid of its allies, telling parliament yesterday that “it’s about whether we can exercise this right that every country has.”
China’s escalating challenge to Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea played into Abe’s plans to strengthen the military, said ruling [...]
‘One top executive went so far as to describe the nations’ relationship as a “stealth war.”’
Ian Bremmer (Head of the Eurasia Group) said, “They [the Chinese] believe he [Abe] is belligerent toward them and believe an escalatory policy is the appropriate one to pursue.”
“… an escalatory policy” – think feedback loop process that [...]
Anybody who thinks China’s dispute with Japan is subject to rational calculation should have heard the astonishing outburst a few minutes ago by China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi.
“We will never allow past aggressors to overturn the verdict of history,” he began. It went downhill from there.
When asked what he thought about the latest [...]
So, is all of this back-and-forth drama between Japan and China really just a prelude to war between the two countries? In a world where terrorism touches places such as America and Russia, and in a world where violent civil conflict is the flavor of the day, it would seem two superpowers are setting the [...]