Sunday, September 16, 2012
A war over desolate Asian islets as Japan to buy Senkaku-Diaoyu islands in dispute with China?
Japan to buy Senkaku-Diaoyu islands in dispute with China: JAPAN'S government has agreed to buy a group of islands at the center of a territorial dispute with China, reports say - a move likely to prove a further irritant in a tense relationship. Tokyo will pay private Japanese landowners 2.05 billion yen ($26 million) for three of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, the Yomiuri Shimbun and Kyodo News reported, citing unnamed government sources.
Deputy Chief Cabinet secretary Hiroyuki Nagahama met the landowners on Monday and struck the deal for the islands, which includes Uotsurijima, the largest in the chain, both said. At a news conference Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura refused to confirm the reports, but said negotiations were under way. "We are exchanging views with the landowners in various ways, but that process is ongoing," he said.
Sour grapes on China! Any way you look at it we have followed the on going conflict over the islands and surrounding China seas and this sounds like the winner.
China slams move to nationalize Senkaku islets: "The Japanese action will end in futility," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gong Lei said Monday in a statement. China has unofficially warned the Japanese government against building structures on the islets, known in China as Diaoyu, saying such action could have serious repercussions on bilateral relations, sources said. The uninhabited East China Sea islets are under Japanese control but claimed by China and Taiwan.
Beijing's repeated warnings, conveyed behind the scenes through August, apparently aim to keep in check efforts by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government to nationalize the islets by the end of September. While the Noda administration will put up a front that it will not bow down to China's demands, Japan has effectively been taking steps that take into account Chinese sensitivities to prevent the tension from worsening, the sources said.
A war over desolate Asian islets: One should not be too alarmist. The U.S. has declared that the Senkaku Islands (administered by the Okinawa Prefecture when it was returned to Japan in 1972) are covered by the U.S.-Japan security treaty. Meantime, the standoff over the Scarborough Shoal has calmed down and, while Japan recalled its ambassador from Seoul over Dokdo, it’s unlikely the two countries will come to blows.
But it’s worth recalling that China used lethal force to expel Vietnamese from the Paracel Islands in 1974 and 1988. And China prevailed on the Cambodian hosts of this year’s ASEAN summit to block a final communiqué that would have called for a code of conduct in the South China Sea – the first time in the 10-member association’s four-decade history that it failed to issue a communiqué.
China-Russia cooperation fosters prosperous Asia Pacific: Chinese ambassador: As giant neighbors and emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region, the win-win cooperation between China and Russia will promote prosperity in the entire region, according to Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui.
China-Russia trade and economic cooperation was a pillar of Asia-Pacific regional cooperation. The two partners took the growth of each other as crucial opportunities and bilateral cooperation as one of their main priorities, Li said in an article written ahead of the APEC annual meetings in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Yeah good for them and bad for the rest of the world especially Japan, the rest of Asia, and the United States.
China angry with Japan over disputed Islands
China Approves City Council, Military Base in Disputed Islands: China says it has formed a municipal council for a newly established city in a disputed part of the South China Sea, and has authorized the deployment of a military base in the area. In a report published Sunday, China's official Xinhua news agency says 1,100 residents of several islands known in Chinese as Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha have elected 45 deputies to a municipal people's congress. The islands are part of the new city called Sansha, and the council will be based on an island that China refers to as Yongxing, known in English as Woody Island.
Xinhua also says China's Central Military Commission has approved the formation of a Sansha garrison command responsible for “national defense” and “military operations.” The Chinese government declared the establishment of Sansha last month, saying its role is to administer the disputed Paracel and Spratly archipelagos and surrounding South China Sea waters, which are believed to hold oil and natural gas deposits. The islands are claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
We are Taiwan's, Vietnam's, Australia's, and Japan's protectors. As China flex's their military muscles in the area we are not supposed to worry. Just what are we supposed to think they are going to do with their advanced weaponry, missiles, stealth aircraft, aircraft carriers and the like. Their threats are going to become more ominous until they cannot be ignored and it is too late. We have been here before. The world was not supposed to worry as Hitler built his arsenal and we know how that turned out.
Last? Certainly not least: As Syria's fall gets closer the realities on the ground are that Iran is influencing and interfering everywhere they possibly can in order to stop what they think is the US getting its way. It has nothing to do with doing the right thing for Syria as a whole. It has everything to do with keeping the US, the West, and Arabs from having events in Syria go their way and not the way of Iran, Russia, China and the rest of their allies.
This is all about the future direction of the entire middle east. The goal absolutely is to be the country who decides which direction the new Middle East (dis)order will take. Bush started it by attacking Iraq to get into the middle east to destabilize it and start the new middle east order the idiot said God told him to do now it will be up to Iran and Saudi Arabia (Al Qaeda?) at least up front fight it out whether this goes the Iranian Shiite way or the Saudi Arabian Sunni way and do not forget Israel!
We back Japan against Russia in their Island disputes. We back Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, Australia, and anyone else in the world it seem who asks for our help in their disputes involving the China seas. Both Russia and China vow to defend their interests with ever improving military assets. We back Syrian rebels and Arab Nations against Syria,Hezbollah, Iran, Russia, and China.
Between this and the middle east not to speak of North Korea World War 3 is all I see, it is only a matter of time. As we know from history wars to not get easier over the years they get more violent, and weapons get more destructive to humans and the planet. We can only hope common sense prevails in all this but there is no way!