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!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Demeur said...

I'd agree with you on China's position of power but then again you must remember China has a population of 1.3 billion people the largest in the world. They have had a good taste of western ways. And you realize that to have our standard of living we use 1/4 of the worlds' resources. They may just be following our lead in doing business. Having studied our business history you should know that we've been no saints in that respect.

an average patriot said...

last I heard, China was building a new coal power plant every other day. Woops I was close!

China is now building about two power stations every week, the top climate change official at the UK Foreign Office, John Ashton, has said.

I have to hand it to China by the way. They are using our so called Democracy and our so called free market system to the benefit of communism.

Alfred said...

Pretty hypocritical of the U.S. to back the Japanese as it where the Americans that wanted the Soviets to invade the Kurili and Sahalin islands. And so they did to coincide with war with Japan.

This is not mentioned.

an average patriot said...

You know Alfred, you are right. Can't argue that one!