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Apr 19 17 7:00 AM
Throd wrote:Interesting article.
With power comes responsibility. When will China become responsible. Her domestic demands are killing off multiple wildlife - elephants, rhinos etc. Her reckless use anti biotics in farms are a major cause of resistance. She is flooding the world with often dangerous fakes. Her support of North Korea risks nuclear war.
The world is possibly reaching a critical point with religous, political, population and environmental factors all at risk of creating a perfect storm of change. China will soon face her own critical point demographically and of course things could change with a change in supreme leader.
Isn't "may you live in interesting times" a Chinese curse?
Apr 19 17 7:10 AM
ChrisPat wrote:Care to add up the economic power of those Chinese who want to be prosperous and those who want to "avenge" "wrongs" that really have nothing to do with their lives?
Sure, people can be stupid.
Apr 19 17 7:48 AM
Apr 19 17 2:32 PM
Cody2 wrote:Not all of the "asian victims" of Japan want a rematch. If I was Chinese, I wouldn't want to reopen that war.
Regardless of how it happens, reopening the war would kill millions. No way Japan goes down without a fight. Regardless of how big China's economy and military force is, Japan is still the 3rd largest economy in the world. It has a high technology economy that's well integrated into the global system. They can afford a solid military of 2nd to none quality. Maybe not as large as the Chinese, but certainly no pushover. And given the choice between supporting the current Japanese government, or allowing a PRC conquest, the Japanese will go all out. Blowing up Japanese cities won't be enough. Japan's already seen that trick, and will be ready for it the next time around.
Even if the US doesn't back Japan, Japan wouldn't be alone in this. The Republic of Korea can't trust China. Korea is too weak to remain independent from China alone. Without Japan in the background to offset China's power, Korea is in an impossible position. Either Korea fights with Japan, or it ends up dependent on China's good will. No way Taiwan abandon's Japan, for much the same reason. And once they are in a war to the knife, there is no way out.
South East Asia might be willing to abandon Japan to China, if China can do it without hitting them in the process. Of course China has been pushing it's South China Sea island's claims against them. They could be more than forgiven for seeing an opportunity for Japan to back their island claims against China, if they are willing to back Japan. Also since China is pushing their claims against the SCS nations, the SCS nations would be forgiven for expecting China to turn on them after dealing with Japan. They have an opportunity in standing with Japan, and a potential nightmare if Japan falls.
And if things get that hot, the US will be up to it to it's neck. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and god knows who else all have mutual defense treaties with the US. If the US's welch's on it's promises, it's position in the world is finished. No way the US backs down. Not only that, but the US's population has a very solid view of the Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese, and such. The US's population see the 2nd world war as finished in 1945. It's a done deal, and China trying to reopen it would be viewed as Chinese aggression. The US population would demand the US honor it's mutual defense treaty, regardless of what the PRC says.
End result, Japan doesn't get hit alone. Such a war, even without the US, would result in millions dead regardless of the outcome. Not just millions of Japanese, but millions of Chinese. Possibly tens of millions of Chinese. When the US joins the fight, it becomes unwinnable, just mutual destruction. No way, no how would I even think of reopening that war.
All China has to do, is keep to the status quo. Don't push the claims in the SCS. Don't push the island claims against Japan. Just get rich with everyone else.
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