Sunday, February 20, 2011
Russia boosts military presence on Kuril islands as the US backs Japan on the disputed Islands
Russia boosts military presence on Kuril islands
US backs Japan on islands dispute with Russia: State Department
Remember last year when President Dmitri A. Medvedev flew into the south Kuril Islands, which the Soviet Union seized from Japan at the end of World War II, making it clear that Russia had no plans to cede the mineral-rich territory despite Japanese protests. Russia Angers Japan With Visit to Disputed Islands
This 65 year dispute started when in 1945 Russia took advantage of Japan's weakness and manned and claimed them as their own. The dispute flared up when at the end of Last October Medvedev visited them and made it clear that Russia had no intention of ceding the mineral rich Islands. Japanese ambassador was summoned home over Kuril Islands visit: Lavrov
We had this discussion off and on over the last few years because of this and China flexing its growing military might over Japan in the area. Chinese anger flared over an over-lapping claim in the resource-rich East China Sea, raising the issue of disputed islands in the mineral rich sea
Take a Break: We must maintain as much of the old world balance and order as we can to maintain a balance as we try to move progressively and successfully through the 21st century! I know of China and Japan's past, I know of the still ongoing Island disputes, the disagreement over natural gas in another area of the East China Sea, I also remember that with China's economic clout rising she took the number 3 seat on the world bank and we talk constantly that China is taking the leading role in Asia and Asia relations.
Being in a superior position puts one in a unique position of power and that power must be handled gracefully, with humility, responsibly, and not abused. That is something I taught all my sons and America under Bush did a lousy job of handling. I am a little worried that China too is getting a little too heavy handed and abusive with her new position of power and beginning to take what she wants instead of being content with what she has which is what I constantly lecture has to be the case if we are to have a future. The time when man and the planet could handle war and colonialism is over, period or else!