Japan and China edge closer to war

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For several months now I've been following the ever escalating conflict in the Far East over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. I had refrained from starting a topic previously as I thought the dispute would blow-over... However tensions are now at ignition point and a full blown attack by the Chinese is now imminent. Japan's new prime-minister, Shinzo Abe, (a right-wing nationalist) has pledged to take a much tougher stance on China and for the first time in 10 years increased Japan's historically declining military budget. On the other side of the sea, similar rhetoric from China's new communist leaders. Vowing to turn China into a maritime power. In December, a Chinese state-owned aircraft tested Japanese radar coverage by flying below 200 ft. By the time it was spotted, "it was too late for a scramble of eight F-15 fighter jets to prove effective". Then on January 10th, Japan scrambled more F-15s to intercept another Chinese aircraft. Only for the Chinese to retaliate by sending their own fighter jets to intercept the ones sent to intercept the Chinese aircraft. Obama's administration has called for cooler heads in the region, but pressures from the Chinese and Japanese voting public could force their politicians to escalate matters. This will be an interesting few months indeed.
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Don't fancy Japans chances, with 1-3 Billion Chinese, plus add to that, all that could be recalled from all the Chinese takeaways in G.B, held here in reserve.:) Jim. Lincoln .7

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There is bitter history between these two. Long time rancour not forgotten. The infamous Massacre of Nanking comes to mind. My money is on the Chinese, they're probably itching to repay.
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I doubt if it wil come to blows. No upside (or profit) in it for either side.Japan is still having economic troubles and China is trying to look legit in the eyes of the world. Besides, Japan is hopelessly outnumbered. It would take the Chinese sailing into Tokyo Bay to get Obama to support Japan militarily.
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Don't fancy Japans chances, with 1-3 Billion Chinese, plus add to that, all that could be recalled from all the Chinese takeaways in G.B, held here in reserve.:) Jim. Lincoln .7
Its not that straightforward, there's no way that any war involving Japan wouldn't also include the USA, which could easily escalate to include the UK. IMO any potential conflict would probably be on a similar scale to the Falklands war.
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all that could be recalled from all the Chinese takeaways in G.B, held here in reserve.:) Jim. Lincoln .7
LMAO, Jim, that was quite possibly one of the best lines i have ever read from you, even if unintended :D classic
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If I was fitted with a device best described as a 'I don't give a f*ck-o-meter' it would currently be reading well beyond the red zone--off the scale in fact. These are countries far away from Bedfordshire and if a load of orientals want to slaughter each other in droves, then as far as I'm concerned they can get on with. Please don't bother disturbing the rest of us though.
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Ah, Young Scott, it was intended. :diablo: Jim. Lincoln .7

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Here's an interesting slant on things. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1135058/taiwanese-activists-expected-reach-diaoyus-noon Even the Taiwanese are getting in on the act. It would be interesting to see how involved the Taiwanese would be prepared to get, in joining their mainland brethren, should the Japanese try to thwart the Chinese designs to reclaim the Diaoyu islands. Dear 'ol Obama, won't know where to 'sit' :p Go get'm Beijing:diablo:
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One thing I failed to mention in my initial post. Japan is currently evaluating whether to use warning shots against any further Chinese aircraft flying over their air-space. In response the Chinese have said that they would use these shots as indictment to war. So things are definitely on-edge. Japan is outnumbered, but the Japanese people want revenge ever since Toyota and Panasonic plants in China were looted and set on fire by Chinese nationalists last year, as well as bricks and eggs being thrown at the Japanese ambassador's car in Beijing. They're also not just about to surrender the islands the government just paid billions for from a private owner. Likewise the Chinese want what they believe to be their islands back. It is in America's national interest that Japan successfully defends the islands if there is a war. As China also has disputes with other Indonesian and Philippine islands. If China were to conquer the Japanese islands then there is a potential for them to get trigger happy and invade Indonesia and the Philippines as well. Before you know it China will have a stranglehold on the whole pacific region - not a pleasant thought for the USA. Here in Britain I'm sure we all appreciate the situation Japan is in, having experienced similar territorial disputes with Argentina. Personally I hope Japan can keep them.
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These are countries far away from Bedfordshire and if a load of orientals want to slaughter each other in droves, then as far as I'm concerned they can get on with it.
Andy, we are talking about the world's second and third largest economies going to blows with each other. It's hard to see how we won't be affected here in the UK, even if that is economically rather than politically.
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Here's an interesting slant on things.
That's even funnier than Lincoln's comment...!!:D
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Matt. I suspect I may be a shade older than you, and in no way meaning to be condescending this fact has a bearing on why I wrote what I did. I grew up during the cold war. In those days, the media used to find all sorts of inventive ways to inform us that we'd be toast by tea-time. The Russians/Chinese/someone or other were always going to start something somewhere which would lead to conflagration on a grand scale and the end of mankind. This was very real to many. I remember a lad when I was an apprentice and we were living away from home, getting quite worried that we wouldn't have a chance to get home if it all kicked off. I just rode my motorcycle faster. Even today, I sometimes wonder if part of my somewhat fatalistic attitude is caused by growing up against that background--although it's largely because I spend a large amount of my life fighting a form of depression. Of course, as ever, nothing happened, and we all lived to tell the tale. These days, after a very varied life, I spend my time running a small business. In the last week, it's snowed, the pipes in my workshop are frozen, I can't get bikes delivered or get paid by customers because of the snow, I've effectively lost a week's work for the same reason, I'm trying to sell a house, and buy another house, my ex-wife's (who still remains a friend) Mother has been seriously ill, my brother-in-law has a form of Leukemia and my sister is upset, I have elderly parents, my new partner's son needs re-housing, and the liability insurance is due on the business. Then last Thursday just to cap it all nicely, I had a nasty depressive attack which laid me very low indeed. The only good thing about the last bit is that it coincided with the snow so, I have only really wasted one week and not two. Of course, non of this is hugely unusual in an adult life--and I'm not looking for sympathy. I know you all have your stories to tell, some many times worse than anything I've ever suffered. As I said, China and Japan seem to me at least, a very long way from Bedfordshire. If they want to kill each other, it's their business, I don't know any of them and care less about them. Personally I doubt they'll go to war, and if they do, there's nothing we can do about it. Having been told more than once by the BBC that I was to be imminently atomised, I no longer believe them or worry about it. Still, it's not all bad, the Spring will be here in about fourteen months.
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Andy started how i was going to. Sound more like Cold War sabre rattling and beating of shields to intimidate, provoke but also scare at the same time. The amount of times the Soviet TU-95 Bear`s came well within striking distance of the UK is amazing. Each country knew that if they push the other too far and forced backs to the wall then it wouldn`t take much to pop a nuke over the border. We old`uns grew up with DUCK N COVER but i dont think it would have helped much. There may well be the odd missile fired,plane shot down or boat sunk but the likelyhood of all out war is not real becouse either country would suffer in the long run due to outside pressure from the rest of the world. The same reason that the Argi`s haven`t had a go at the Falklands again coz it basically bug gered up the country and brought riots to the streets and was almost brought to its knee`s.
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Andy Yes. What more is there to say. I am older than you so empathise with just about everything you have said, what you lived through, and what you are now living through, particularly the tribulations of a small business and ailing relatives. I rarely read BBC news and for foreign affairs, never. Hope things pick up and get sorted soon. Roll on Summer!!
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If I was fitted with a device best described as a 'I don't give a f*ck-o-meter' it would currently be reading well beyond the red zone--off the scale in fact. These are countries far away from Bedfordshire and if a load of orientals want to slaughter each other in droves, then as far as I'm concerned they can get on with. Please don't bother disturbing the rest of us though.
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That's even funnier than Lincoln's comment...!!:D
As true as I sit here, I really hadn't noticed that. Seriously though, IMO, there is a real potential for this situation to become something bigger. I tend to agree that by and large, this is sabre rattling on both sides. Personally, I don't think that I'd put money on it not becoming something greater. Communist regimes throughout history, have frequently used nationalism, to legitimise their rule. To these regimes, prestige both at home, and in the eyes of the world, is of very great importance. I think I'm right in saying that the Chinese Communist Party, is the first in history to have any real, significant economic clout. IMO this has been achieved by dumping its core Communist ideology, and adopting a strange mix of unbridled capitalism, and nationalism. This system is now defined by the regime, as 'Socialism with Chinese Characteristics' I think we're in for very interesting times, vis-a-vis the Pacific region, and wether the Japanese, or anyone else for that matter, like it or not, there is now the stirring of a new and very powerful 'kid on the block' and I certainly think that the Japanese and their allies, underestimate China at their peril.

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Re 14 Blimey Andy! After reading that little lot, my miserable existence feels a whole lot brighter and better ! Commiserations. When it's looking blacker than black, try and look for the humour. That and other annoying expressions might offer a crumb or two....
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A faraway country of which we know nothing?
Yes Mr Chamberlain. I have no interst whatsoever in either of them. A pox on both their houses. John. Life isn't so bad. Today despite the cold I got a bit further along the road of rebuilding my own Honda 1100. Apparently every August there's a hill climb somewhere near High Wycombe. I intend to enter it. Andy
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You're right Andy, I am too young to remember the Cold War - but as MSR says I believe there is a real chance things could escalate further over the islands. They're small and uninhabited... So in a way, even less significant than the Falklands. I've seen pictures and they're really just large rocks sitting in the ocean. For that reason I doubt China would have any remorse if they took any further actions. My news source isn't the BBC, in-fact they along with all the other major news agencies have turned (surprisingly) a blind eye to the drama. The recent troubles were only brought to my attention as this was the lead article in the Economist this week. http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21569757-armed-clashes-over-trivial-specks-east-china-sea-loom-closer-drums-war It's not all doom and gloom, however. As Japan and China continue to cut ties and investment between their two nations, countries (such as the UK) are set to gain as money is redistributed elsewhere. An intense isolated military conflict may also be good for the long term health of the stagnating Japanese economy. Although, I fully understand your reasons for not giving a flying-monkeys. You seem to have too much on your plate at the moment to care what some 5'2" men on the other side of the world have to say about each other. I hope you're able to make-back some of the revenue you lost due to the snow, all the best.