Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Monday, February 28, 2011

WikiLeaks-II/“Double Standard”-IV

   “Why was Mr. Assange hidden in prison?” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin asked at a new conference. “Is this democracy?” “This WikilLeaks guy was arrested and I’m not seeing any protests for freedom of expression,” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stated on 9 December 2010. (There is nothing, nothing for freedom of expression and against the imprisonment of this guy who was doing better work than many of the ambassadors (Japan Times 11 December 2010).”  As the Observer states, “the US Empire is playing the global game against Russia and China.” That is why the US government is trying to crackdown on WikiLeaks.
   In 2006, WikiLeaks was founded by Julian Assange, devoted to “exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan African and the Middle East and unethical behavior by governments and corporations (Japan Times 25 December 2010). Over one million documents were published over the internet within one year. In the beginning, WikiLeaks was not successful; it was shut down because of a lack of money. However, WikiLeaks got global attention in April 2010 when it posted a classified video of a 2007 American military helicopter air-strike in Baghdad where journalists and civilians were killed. After releasing the video, the US government was finally forced to make the apology for the incident. Three months later, WikiLeaks uploaded 92,000 documents related to the US war in Afghanistan from 2004-2009. The latest 250,000 US documents consisted of American diplomatic cables for almost every nation and world leaders.
    WikiLeaks has exposed governments abusing power, including the killing of civilians, as well as, corporations monopolizing power. Assange has created great transparency for normal citizens who can now have insight on the government’s behavior. This has made many governments, especially the US government, mad as they must now answer to the global arena.

Source: WikiLeaks Logo (homepage)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The “Steal Jet”-- J-20/Cold War Mentality-VI

 In the middle of December 2010, a photograph of what is believed to be a new Chinese stealth fighter – J 20, has been on the internet. On 5 January 2011, the first radar-evading fighter jet appeared a runway test at an air base in Chengdu, central China, according to the Hong Kong editor (Kanwa Defense Weekly) of a Canadian military journal. Still, the J-20 remains well behind both the Russian T-50 jet and the American F-22 and F-35 stealth jets (International Herald Tribune 6 January 2011).  During the meeting between Secretary Robert Gates and the Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, the Chinese leader acknowledged the J-20 test flight during the Secretary visit. Some Japanese media reported that Beijing deliberately allowed news to become public. Does this show Robert Gates, the U.S. defense secretary, who arrived in Beijing on 9 January 2011?
Source: Regarding photos and the information of J-20, please see an article by Pratik Sawerdekar on 30 December 2010 (http://www.defenceaviation.com/2010/12/j-xx-chinas-first-stealth-fighter-takes-to-the-skies.html) (access date: 3 March 2011).

Saturday, February 26, 2011

“Carrier-Killer” Missile/Cold War Mentality-V

In 1996, when Washington dispatched two aircraft carriers including the USS Nimitz through the Taiwan Strait, Beijing decided to develop its “Carrier-Killer” missile – DF-21D. In 2010, news of the Chinese “Carrier-Killer” has been the top headline in both academia and with governmental officials including Admiral Robert Willard, the US navy’s commander the Pacific. “When China carries out an exercise on its own territory there is a lot of attention, but when the United Sates comes all the way across the Pacific for exercises with its allies, no one speaks about it in the same way. There is a cold war mentality still (Guardian 6 January 2011),” stated by Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming. Probably, the right-wing think tanks and commentators have tried to pressure President Obama to deal with Beijing in order to keep its defense industry growth.

Source: Regarding this issue in details, see an article in Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/08/06/chinese-carrier-killer-missile-game-changer-expert-says/ (access date:  2 March 2011).

Friday, February 25, 2011

Chinese Defense Minister’s Comments

It is unusually for the Chinese defense minister, General Liang Guanglie, made any comments regarding the Chinese military. A war (such as World War Three) is unlikely occurred, but there is possibility that the regional conflicts might ignite by the accident. “To enhance our comprehensive national power, (we have to ensure) our core interests are not hampered. We have to put nation’s sovereignty and security in the top position as is the common understanding of whole Party (i.e., CCP) and all the people…. Despite growing (China's) national power and global influence, the international situation remains complex, while more and more unstable factors are shadowing China's security (Right Vision News 30 December 2010),” said Liang.  He also disclosed the number of military reserves force and militias. China reduced its military reserves forces from 600,000 to 510,000 men and women and the number of people in its militias from 10 million to eight million over the last five years. It is the first time that the Chinese government has given the exact number of people in the reserve forces and militia.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sending SDF to Korea/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-XIX

On 10 December 2010, Prime Minister Kan Naoto mentioned an idea for the world. “We are pursuing discussions with the intent that (Tokyo and Seoul) should make things certain to allow (the SDF) to conduct rescue operations in case of contingencies…. Even if we want to dispatch SDF (Self-Defense Force) aircraft in emergencies to rescue (Japanese), Japan hasn’t set the necessary terms with South Korea.  As {Japan and South Korea} have been increasing cooperation on security, I hope we’ll discuss this steadily (Yomiuri Shimbun 13 December 2010).” His comments have received mountains of criticism from opposition parties, including the LDP and SDP. Even some media in Japan suggest that Article 9 of the Constitution does not ban the use of armed forces and the law on the SDF to rescue Japanese nationals.


Source: See more information and photos between Korean and Japanese military http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1012/S00149/us-builds-military-alliance-with-japan-and-south-korea.htm (access date: 3 March 2011).

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Currency Wars-VI/Internationalization of Renminbi-XIV

Two economics Professors: Barry Eichengreen and Douglas Irwin published their article “Preventing A Currency War” in the Japan Times, comparing the 1930’s Great Depression and the current Lehman Depression. The article indicates that one of the largest differences between then and today is currency disputes. Today, the villain “is not China, but the U.S Federal Reserve Board, which has been reluctant to use all the tools at its disposal to vanquish deflation and jump-start employment growth. Doing so would help to relieve the pressure in Congress to blame someone, anyone – in this case China for American’s jobless recovery (15 December 2010).”  To blame someone – China – is perfect for the American regime to gain its creditability for its people. The another issue of the FED totally blindness is “globalization” today.  Even though the FED increases another 600 billions to boost American economy, majority of these money becomes “hot money,” going to emergency market like China. Only a fraction dollars stays into the US for creating job. As a result, Bank of China must increase its interest rates in order to prevent inflation. Consequently, the global economy will face great challenge right now. It might be the worst than the 1930’s great depression.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

COP 16 Concun Meeting

In Mexico, Japan became a major villain blocking progress as delegates sought to strike a deal on new steps to curb global warming on 11 December 2010. Japan opposed setting a record of reduction commitments or post-2012 binding emission target under the Kyoto pact. As a result, a debate on the future of the Kyoto pact has been postponed until next year’s meeting in South Africa. Once again, another opportunity for Japanese leadership in the global stage has been lost by bureaucratic and irresponsible Japanese politicians.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nobel Prize vs. Confucius Prize/“Double Standard” –III

On 10 December 2010, Norwegian Committee honored Liu Xiaobo with the prestigious peace prize in Oslo, but an empty chair was waiting there.  Why did the Nobel committee believe that Liu provided “peace” for the international community other that criticizing the Chinese government by coauthoring Charter 08, a petition urging political reform. Recently, the prestigious peace prize has been manipulated into a “political tool.” Last year, Obama had been in the White House for only two weeks when the Nobel committee gave him the prestigious peace prize.  What did Obama do for peace?  Iraq?” “Guantanama Bay?” “Getting rid of nuclear weapons?” Nothing!!  Similarly, What has Liu done for “peace” in the world or for Chinese people? Beijing knows its political system needs reform.  But the West and Western media wish to see “chaos” and “disorder” in Chinese affairs. The Chinese government rightly created its Confucius prize which was first awarded to Lien Chan (New York Times).

Sunday, February 20, 2011

WikiLeaks-I/“Double Standard”-II/Test Obama-XXI

        After 9/11, the CIA came under heavy criticism because it failed to share information that could have prevented the attacks in 2001. As a result, officials across government agencies began to share information; this provided more analysts wider access to government secrets. As WikiLeaks began to post some documents from more than 250,000 cables on the webside (http://213.251.145.96/cablegate.html) in December, the US government, including Hillary Clinton, was furious. According to WikiLeaks the cables to be leaked include 133,887 unclassified, 101,748 confidential, and 15,652 secret documents potentially causing embarrassment to American diplomats, treating other countries’ diplomats disrespectfully.  The leaks are good for scholars who can analyze international politics and will likely result in a loss of trust of foreign diplomats with the United States in the future. Some Americans and media began to blame the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

        If the US government can spend billions dollars to collects its diplomatic “gasps” globally, why does Obama not invest inside the US to create job for its people? On December 6, Assange was arrested by the British authority. A few western media and western countries stand by Julian Assange. Where is the “transparency,” or “freedom of speech,” or “human rights?” The problem is not Assange, it is the US itself. If this case is occurred in China or any Islamic states, the West, in particular the US, will pressure these country by using “freedom of speech,” “transparency,” and “human rights.” One might take a look current political chaotic situation in the Middle East countries, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen. Once again, the West and the Western media should stop their “double standard,” “hypocrisy,” and “bias”?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The 2012 Crisis-I

Nowadays, all scholars are wondering what will happen in 2012 when we do not discuss the Hollywood movie “2012.”  The geopolitics in the Asian-Pacific region is going to have a tsunami. In 2012, we will see,

USA: The presidential race, Barack Obama might be a one term president. Will right-wing Republicans take the White House?

Russia: The presidential race, Dmitry Medvedev might be elected for another term. How will this impact relationships between Vladimir Putin and Medvedev in Russia?

China: The 18th CCP congress, Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao are going retired. The new generation including Xi Jinping will take in charge in Beijing.

South Korea:  The residential race, the right-wing Lee Myung Bak might lose the election. The “sunshine” policy toward Pyongyang might return to power again in the Korean peninsular.

Taiwan: The Presidential race, Ma Ying-jeou might be elected for another term. Will the opposition party DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) be still be the opposition party?

Japan: If Kan Naoto does not dissolve the Diet, the lower house election will be held in 2012 when the term expires. Will LDP or DPJ win the election? 

With all these uncertainties, no scholars in the world can make any prediction regarding the 2012 international relations in the Asian-Pacific region. What will happen between mainland China and Taiwan? How about Sino-Japanese relations?  Will the US lose control in the Asian region? How about Russian-US relations? Can Japan get alone with Russia?  How will Kim Jong Il and his son Kim Jong Un be in the Korean Peninsula? A lot of questions, no answers. Welcome to 2012!