China’s departing president and Communist party leader, Hu Jintao, gave a clear signal on Thursday that the generational changes among Beijing’s rulers will not soften the country’s increasingly aggressive conduct of its territorial disputes with its neighbours.
Coming after months of increasingly sharp confrontations between Chinese ships and coast guard vessels from Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in waters around disputed islands, this reaffirmation of China’s ambitions will raise concern in neighbouring capitals.
Jonathan Manthorpe: China steers course toward territorial claims
This is just one more sign that things are not going to get better. The weather forecast is for more storms ahead.
Shirin Ebadi, Iran’s leading human rights activist, explains why on attack on the country’s nuclear program is just what the mullahs have been yearning for.
But Ebadi points to another problem. War with Israel, she says, may rescue the Iranian regime at a time when it is extremely unpopular at home and is clinging to power with an iron fist. “It is the only thing that can save the regime,” she said. “A war will stir nationalistic feelings and rally the people behind the government to defend the country. It will be catastrophic for the [Iranian] people, the country, and the region, but it will save Iran’s rulers.”
Iran’s economy is in a dire state, she says, which adds to people’s frustration with the government. The value of its currency, the rial, has plunged by more than half against the dollar since last December. Inflation is over 23 percent, according to the Iranian central bank, and most people are struggling to keep food on their tables. The price of bread, the staple food in Iran, rose 40 percent in the month of June.
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What she fails to realize is that war is coming regardless of Israel. All the key players – Israel and its neighbors, and Iran – are primed and ready for war. One way or another it is going to start.