China - and the dangerous drift to war in Asia

South China Morning Post had published interesting article about Septic ignorance.
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Most serving American officials today have worked on China-related issues for about 10 years or less. The China they know started with the eye-popping Beijing Olympics in 2008, not with Nixon’s bold trip to open relations with an impoverished, backward nation. The context is not that of Nixon, seeking to counter the Soviet Union while extricating the US from Vietnam, but of a strong, rising China striving to reshapeAsia at American expense.
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How a generational shift in Washington is driving US-China rivalry
 
Septic ignorance???

Doesn’t take much experience to simply see the recent massive military expansion China has made in the S China Sea, or to experience it’s attempts to exert control over it’s man made islands...in less than the last ten years.
Thats exactly what they wrote. They forgot that everything have its price. If the Septics wants strong China to 'counter' Russia - they should not stop their expansion. If they want weak China, the whole Chines civilisation will become 'Yellow Russia' (conception is a bit conspirologic, but many of South Chines believe in it), or 'The New Horde'.
 
Not a snowball's chance.
Highly depends of your understanding of the term "Hell". For example, according Dante, bottom of Hell is the ice lake "Cocytus".
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At the base of the well, Dante finds himself within a large frozen lake: Cocytus, the Ninth Circle of Hell. Trapped in the ice, each according to his guilt, are punished sinners guilty of treachery against those with whom they had special relationships. The lake of ice is divided into four concentric rings (or "rounds") of traitors corresponding, in order of seriousness, to betrayal of family ties, betrayal of community ties, betrayal of guests, and betrayal of lords. This is in contrast to the popular image of Hell as fiery; as Ciardi writes, "The treacheries of these souls were denials of love (which is God) and of all human warmth. Only the remorseless dead center of the ice will serve to express their natures. As they denied God's love, so are they furthest removed from the light and warmth of His Sun. As they denied all human ties, so are they bound only by the unyielding ice."[98] This final, deepest level of hell is reserved for traitors, betrayers and oathbreakers (its most famous inmate is Judas Iscariot).
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What is more important, in the Chines mythology near half of the hells is cold, too.
Diyu - Wikipedia
 
New bestseller in China's bookshops. "The only way to save USA is socialism". Rather funny.
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Funny, coming from a country which in reality is one of most/ pure capitalist in the world, never mind the communism wrapper. It's a great scenario if you are a capitalist/ industrialist, workers don't seem to have that great rights, you can control comms, if you schmooze gov't officials, you get big contracts without too much oversight. Puts countries like the U.S. to shame.
 

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Cast your eyes across the wide Pacific ..

1. Australia is discussing with Papua New Guinea the refurbishment of the wartime base, used by the British Pacific Fleet 1944-1945, at Manus in the Admiralty Islands which are part of PNG. Once this base has been hugely improved with Australian money there will be a huge temptation to China to destabilise the govt of PNG so that Australia can be kicked out under a cry of horrible whitey colonialism. China can ten move in and establish a naval foothold on the southern edge of the Chinese People's Co-Prosperity Sphere.

2. Oz & China seem to be competing as to who can throw the most money at and be most liked by Vanuatu (was the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides).

China plays a long game and is rediscovering what sea power can do.
 
Banzai! Here it comes,

The Imperial Japapese Navy, er Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force reveals plans for a real aircraft carrier,

Japan Unveils Plan for First Aircraft Carrier Since World War II

Tora, Tora, Tora!.

Mind you, Japanese military procurement is rather slow, so maybe the second half of the next decade before this takes to the seas in it's converted form?.
 
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Banzai! Here it comes,
Mind you, Japanese military procurement is rather slow, so maybe the second half of the next decade before this takes to the seas in it's converted form?.
Procurement is slow, but this has been baked in since the start, so should pass reasonably quickly, at least by Japanese standards.
 
Meanwhile despite denials is China seeking to establish a navy base in the Gulf of Siam?.

Cambodia dismisses reports that China will build a naval base there
Interesting triangle.

Hun Sen was installed by the Vietnamese and is still regarded as their puppet by opposition parties in Cambodia.

The Vietnamese hate the Chinese especially over the Spratleys etc.

The Chinese have been pouring money into Cambodia recently, with a large amount into Hun Sen's pocket.

He's definitely Hanoi's man but likes the feel of a wedge in his pocket...
 

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