Sunday, April 24, 2005

China under the radar

Japan PM Apologizes for WWII Aggression

By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer

Friday, April 22, 2005

(04-22) 09:56 PDT JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) --

Japan's prime minister apologized Friday for his country's World War II aggression in Asia in a bid to defuse tensions with regional rival China, but a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the apology needed to be backed up with action after Japanese lawmakers made a controversial visit to a war shrine.

Just hours before Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized, a Cabinet minister and more than 80 Japanese lawmakers visited a Tokyo shrine to Japan's war dead. China's Foreign Ministry expressed "strong dissatisfaction over the negative actions of some Japanese politicians" in visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, which also honor's Japan's executed war criminals.

So why is this a story and why do I even care? Because this is a highly orchestrated campaign by China to take pressure off themselves and put pressure on regional rival Japan. And why is that important? Because China is poised to become the premiere world power and eclipse the United States. They deal with Sudan for oil, Venezeula for oil, do a huge amount of trade with the US and Canada. Why is this bad? Because they are a totalitarian state and the world is asleep in not seeing that the two biggest powers are on a collision course. The day will come, and it will be a surprise.


At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is really nothing anybody can do to stop China from taking their soon to be posistion as a world power. The best we can do is set up some good trade alliances with them so that when America's economy tanks, we won't sink with them.

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Mr. Neutron said...

I agree - I see no difference between the US and China, apart from human rights, freedom of speech, religion, assembly, thought, movement etc. Who wants more than one child anyway?

Maybe Canada would have a better relationship with a totalitarian state, we're so used to giving up our sovereignty anyway. Socialism, communism, what's the difference? All that individuality and freedom down in the US, so scary...

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a world that is getting very crowded, and with dwindling resources, individual freedom can only now come at the expense of others unfortunatley. So get your head out of your 20th century ass, and wake up to the future. And stop spouting American probaganda and marketing, even as they step by step break apart the freedoms of America.

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you see no difference between China and the US, and only an opportunity to switch to the faster horse (a mistaken assumption, by the way), then your moral compass isn't just broken, it's gone. What freedoms are you talking about, and please let me know which ones you expect to retain in Red Canada.

If you'd rather live on your knees than die on your feet, bully for you. There's a thing called the human spirit, and they don't cotton to it in China. Sorry if that's too 20th-Century for you to understand.

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying switch to a faster horse, i'm saying diversify our invenstments and markets. We are fools to suck on only the American tit when it is going to dry up very soon. We are not very creative buisiness people if we rely on only them, and we need forsight to avoid the dire financial crisis that is soon going to hit America. As far as freedom and all that rhetoric, I am free to wake up in the morning, go to work, love my wife and kids, prey to my god etc etc.. That is freedom. Also, if you pay attention to American politics, you will see they are slowly trying to stear their country to a government with more centralized control. it is the way of the future.

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Mr. Neutron said...

Enjoy those freedoms while they last, a lot of countries like China don't believe you should have them and nobody under their control has them now.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, love it! » »


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