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)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another Typical Japanese Bureaucratic Way to Deal With Poor People

The Saitama Super Arena (Soccer Stadium), which has hold more than 2,200 victims from Futaba town of Fukushima, was shut down
Sources: Asahi News, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peB5xxSZizA (access date: 31 March 2011)

Is the Western Media Right?-VI/Not True by VOA and BBC

When the political chaos in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya began, some western propaganda, including reports on VOA and BBC began to argue that China will be the next “revolution” on 20 February 2011. Some Japanese media called as “Jasmine Revolution.”  However, nothing is occurring in China; subsequently, both VOA and BBC turned down their predictions for a “Jasmine Revolution.” A few days later, the “Organizers” of Sunday’s (27 February) so-called ‘Jasmine Rallies’ across China are now urging supporters to press for a more accountable government with a series of weekly Sunday strolls (VOA News 23 February 2011).” The anonymous organizers: the overseas Chinese dissidents and some human rights groups, posted the latest call on the Chinese language Boxun.com and other websites. According to the websites, the organizers are not necessarily seeking to overthrow the government whether is a one-party, two-party or even three-party system (same as “June Fourth Movement” in 1989), but seek the government to fight corruption, independent judiciary, and address the people’s demands.
Sources: BBC News at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12522856 (access date: 31 March 2011)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Updated Video: The Japanese Emperor and Empress Visiting Victims

Updated Video: The Japanese Emperor and Empress Visiting Victims of the Earthquake

Source: TBS News, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWN0Rn02fws (access date: 30 March 2011)

The Japanese Emperor and Empress and the Refugees

The Japanese Emperor and Empress visited the refugee family from the earthquake 
(in the afternoon of 30 March 2011, Tokyo)
Source: Yomiuri Online, see http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20110330-OYT1T00855.htm?from=navr (access date: 30 March 2011)

Chinese Aids Cannot Delivery to the Disaster Area On Time

The Chinese Ambassador of Japan critizes about the coordinator of the Japanese government
Source: TBS News see (in Japanese), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzqkewF0znM (access date: 30 March 2011)

The End of the VOA/Cold War Mentality-VII

“VOA (Voice of America), an ideological product designed for countries with which the US has little communication and interaction, no longer makes much sense in China. The US taxpayers’ money should not be wasted. It would be better used in other ways, such as sending more US students to China. The same is true for the UK now the BBC World Service has announced it will end several of its foreign language broadcasts, including those in Chinese. VOA’s bias is obvious. The US Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, better known as the Smith-Mundt Act, forbids VOA to broadcast directly to US citizens. The legislation, an attempt to protect the American public from propaganda actions by its own government, speaks much of VOA’s credibility (Chinadaily.com.cn 22 February 2011).” The People’s Daily seems to welcome the news from the US regarding VOA. By October 2011, VOA’s parent company, the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, decided to end of VOA due to budget (annual $8 million) shortage. But, VOA will only concentrate on internet service. VOA was founded in 1942 under the Office of War Information and had heyday during the Cold War era under the State Department. The end of broadcasting both VOA and BBC come no surprise to anyone because they are products from the Cold War, which ended more than 20 years ago. Today, the Chinese government is promoting China’s image by themselves (see my blog “Beijing Learning from the West”).

Source: VOA Logo (homepage)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Farm in Fukushima Committed Suicide

Over 7,500 cabbages prohibited to move due to the restriction of nuclear radiation (in Japanese)

Source: ANNnewsCH see, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwAG6PBYUCs (access date: 29 March 2011)

Doing Businesses in the Chinese Way-V

In 2008, three Filipinos (a 42-year-old male, a 32-year-old female, and 38-year-old female) were convicted of heroin smuggling in separate trials in Xiamen, China. Two of them were scheduled to be put to death in the middle February 2011. Suddenly, the Chinese court postponed the execution, following Vice President Jejomar Binay arrival in Beijing on 18 February to meet with Chinese leaders (Philippine Daily Inquirer 21 February 2011). Some Japanese media reported that the Chinese diplomatic pressure overruled the Chinese judicious verdict because Manila did not attend the Nobel Prize ceremony to honor Liu Xiaobo as requested by China (Sankei Shimbun 21 February 2011). There is receptacle relationship among friends in Chinese society. One might expect to receive cooperation from one’s “friend” if they have helped his/her friend in during an emergency. However, one might not receive cooperation from a “friend” if one has not helped his/her friends in the past. Certainly, this will be this case between China and  the Philippines.

Source: See more photos at http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8227610-vice-president-binay-gets-clearance-to-go-to-beijing/content/73246159-philippines-vice-president-jejomar-binay-c- (access date: 29 March 2011)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Nasu Imperial Mansion Opens

The Nasu Mansion Opens:
Source: TBS News (access date: 26 March 2011)

About 1,251 Time of Iodine

More than 1,251 times of Iodine surrounding sea areas are of the nuclear power plants

Source: TBS News in Japanese (access date: 26 March 2011) about 330-meters from no.1-no.4 reactors

Friday, March 25, 2011

The 3rd-Rate Journalists (NNN and Fuji TV) in Japan-I

1. The NNN reporter Ohtake Makoto forgot to turn off his microphone, “Hey, it is really fun (Omoshiroi)!” during his work in the disaster area (in Japanese)
Source: Nihon TV (March 14) see, http://nicoviewer.info/sm13858021 
(access date 25 March 2011)


2. During Prime Minister press conference on March 12, a male reporter states, “F---- (Fuzakeruna)! A stupid story – nuclear plants again, right?” “ha…ha….ha,” laugh by a female journalist in the backroom (forgetting turn off their microphones) of Fuji TV while broadcasting a living conference (in Japanese).

The Right-wings Fuji TV (March 12) See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNYffUTMiNY 
(access date: 25 March 2011)
Note: Youtube was forced to delete the video (after a few hours) because the Fuji TV claims its copy right.

A Long Line Waiting for Gas/TDL Problems

A Live Video of A Long Line Waiting for Gas at the Tohoku Express Way
Source: Asahi.com (access date: 25 March 2011)

TDL (Tokyo Disney Land) Became the "Water-Land"

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_qlgQ9CGr0 (access date: 25 March 2011)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

USS Ronald Reagan Dropped Goods in the Disaster Region

USS Ronald Reagan Dropped Goods in the Disaster Region
Source: Asahi.com (Access date: 24 March 2011)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Contamination of Water in Tokyo

Live Video of Tokyo Water

Source: ANNnews CH in Japanese (access date: 23 March 2011)

Kanamachi Water Purification Plant (for People Living in Tokyo)




Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Water Works (access date: 23 March 2011)

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Black Smoke from No. 2 and N. 3 Reactors

The Black Smoke from No. 2 and No. 3 Reactors

Source: TBS News in Japanese (access date: 21 March 2011)

Invisible Panic after Covering UP

     Japanese citizens are smart (see photos in the blog “Very Calm, But Invisible Panic-I,”  http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-invisible-panic-i.html). After both the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., have been unwilling to share information with the public, the Japanese citizens realize that there is trouble (see photos in the blog, “Very Calm, But A Long Line-II,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-long-line-ii.html). On 14 March (Tokyo time), I went to the store to buy some grocery since my refrigerator was empty after my recent trip to the U.S.  When I arrived at the store around 13:00 afternoon, but most stores, including the large chain Seiyu (e.g., Giants in the USA), were closed as the power company requested that stores not use electricity during peak times (i.e., rush hours in the early morning and later evening) and planned to ration electricity in the early morning as the result of nuclear plant explorsion. Luckily, I found a small grocery store in front of Seiyu store that was open. However, I was sad to see the panic that all were feeling. People lined up like a long snake around the store waiting patiently to pay. Most emergency items, such as instant noodles, udon, soba, flashlights, and batteries etc., have already run out. It looked like the store had been robbed with almost nothing on the empty shelves (see more photos the blog “Very Calm, But Invisible Panic-II,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-invisible-panic-ii.html).

The Live Videos of the Long Gasoline Lines in the Kanto Region
Source: From YouTube (access date: 20 March 2011)


Source: From YouTube with the music (access date: 20 March 2011)
Japanese are smart and understand that both the government and authorities at the power plants are covering up (see people buying gasoline – more photos and updated live videos in the blog “Very Calm, But A Long Line-I,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-long-line.html). They have not been forthcoming in providing crucial information regarding these nuclear power plants. As all know, on 14 March, after Fukushima No. 1 reactor in trouble, Fukushima No. 3 reactor was explored. Moreover, the USS Ronald Reagan carrier, which came to help earthquake relief, was also contaminated (TBS News). In fact, the US Seventh Fleet decided to leave the Fukushima area because of the risks (AP News). Japanese citizens’ behavior in buying all the food and necessities of the shelf demonstrates that they too know that something is wrong and the government is hiding something. Although I live about 350 km from Fukushima, panic has already occurred.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

SDF Watering No. 3 Reactor in Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Live Video Watering on No. 3 reactor (taking by the SDF on 18 March 2011) released by SDF (on 19 March 2011) , see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_kz1-968f4 (Jiji Press)

Source: From YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_kz1-968f4 (Access date 20 March 2011)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Very Calm, But Invisible Panic-II

The Daily Life (some necessities items, rice, toilet-paper, tissue, instant nodules, batteries, and water) in Japan (18 March 2011)
Source: Bigo (e.g., CVS) Drug Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma



Source: Bigo (e.g., CVS) Drug Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma


Source: Marufuji (e.g., Giants) Grocery Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma



Source: Marufuji (e.g., Giants) Grocery Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma



 Source: FamilyMart (e.g., Seven Store) Convenience Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma


  Source: FamilyMart (e.g., Seven Store) Convenience Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma



 Source: FamilyMart (e.g., Seven Store) Convenience Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma


Source: Ozamu (e.g., Giants) Grocery Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma


Source: Ozamu (e.g., Giants) Grocery Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma


Source: Ozamu (e.g., Giants) Grocery Store, Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Friday, March 18, 2011

Very Calm, But A Long Line-II

On 18 March (10:00am) 2011, Waiting for the Gas (Ome, Tokyo)
About 300 Kilometer from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster  

Source: Waiting Line for Gas (over 500 Cars) ESSO Mobil Gas Station
Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Source: Waiting Line for Gas (over 500 Cars) ESSO Mobil Gas Station
 Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Source: The Closing Notice (no gasoline anymore;
the next delivery gasoline is unknown) from the ENEOS Gas Station
 Photography by Unryu Suganuma


Source: Enjoying the Lunch at the Ramen, Chinese Noodles, Shop
Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Very Calm, But A Long Line-I

Going to Costco (at least 6 kilometers line)
People Are Waiting For Gas on 17 March 2011

Source: Photograph by Unryu Suganuma (Route 16)

Source: Photograph by Unryu Suganuma (Route 16)

Source: Photograph by Unryu Suganuma (ENEOS Gas Station)

Source: Photograph by Unryu Suganuma (ENEOS Gas Station)

Source: Photograph by Unryu Suganuma (opposite side of the Route 16)


A Live Video of Long Line of Gasoline (Updated on 20 March 2011)
 
Source: from YouTube (in Japanese), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68wVDSAlbVE (access date: 20 March 2011)

Sources: from YouTube (in Japanese with music), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3HPm329V3w (accss date: 20 March 2011) 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Very Calm, But Invisible Panic-I

Invisible Panic Among the Japanese Citizens

Source: Seven-Eleven Convenience Store (e.g., Seven Store) on 15 March 2011
Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Source: Seven-Eleven Convenience Store (e.g., Seven Store) on 15 March 2011
Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Source: Seven-Eleven Convenience Store (e.g., Seven Store) on 15 March 2011
Photography by Unryu Suganuma

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Where Is Responsibility and Accountability/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-XX

A New photo (which took on 15 March 2011) was released by TEPC 

Source: The nuclear plants (No. 3 in the left side and No. 4 in the right side) from Asahi.com (16 March 2011) see, http://www.asahi.com/national/gallery_e/view_photo.html?national-pg/0316/TKY201103160214.jpg (access date: 16 March 2011).
     The Japanese government has one of the worst records among industrial countries of disclosing information (e.g., non-performance banking loans in the 1990s which is resulted in the current economy depression and Tokaimura Nuclear disaster in 1999 see my environment book).  Now during the ongoing Great East Japan Earthquake crisis the government is doing it yet again. At 8 PM on March 12th, Prime Minister Kan Naoto insisted in his press conferences that there was no meltdown of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which had been checked by tearing down the walls of the building in the afternoon. As a safety “precaution” for people who lived within 20 km of the facility, evacuation (over 170,000 citizens) was needed. The Japanese government has been far from candid. At the Futaba Hospital near the facility, at least 4 people, picked by the SDF (Self Defense Forces) from the Futaba High School, were found to have been exposed to radiation from the plant at 10:00 pm (TBS News 12 March 2011). By the noon of March 14, the Fukushima No. 3 nuclear power plant also was explored (Yomiuri Shimbun) and injured 6 people.
      The disclosure of the information during a crisis is crucial to prevent widespread disaster and save human lives; the government does not get this. People can survive the earthquake if they run away from buildings, such as standing in the center of a field or empty space. People can survive the Tsunami if they run to higher ground, such as mountains. However, people cannot survive radiation from a nuclear powerful plant because there is no place to hide. The radiation can travel by air, easily crossing international boundaries. Right now, rescue teams around the world are coming Japan to help. They might face potential risk from the radiation. Where is the responsibility of the Japanese government? Why is the government unwilling to disclose the information relating to radiation in the nuclear power plants? 

Source: The Explosion of Fukushima No. 1 (3/12) and No. 3 (3/14) Yomiuri Shimbun (15 March 2011)
   
Source:  Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the explosion from Mainichi News (12 March 2011)


Source:  Fukushima No. 3 nuclear power plant Asahi.com from Asashi Shimbun (14 March 2011)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Is the Western Media Right?-V/Obama Will Choose China or Japan-III

Hu Jintao became the third world leader (previous two leaders: Mexico and India) to be honor by  red carpet treatment during his Washington visit. He was greeted by Vice President Joe Biden at the airport, got a 21-gun salute, had a wonderful state dinner besides the usual private dinner with President Barack Obama, and met with both political and business leaders in Washington and Chicago. “China is a global player -- regardless of whether it is a global power – and its policies have an impact around the world. . . . Japan should not be threatened by a positive U.S.-China relationship – just as Washington should not be concerned as Tokyo and Beijing forge their partnership. These are not zero-sum relationships. . . . While China’s foreign policy process remains opaque, most observers fault Beijing for tensions in the relationship and believe that Beijing’s new muscularity reflects a judgment that the regional balance of power is shifting to its advantage and that China is in better position to push its agenda (Japan Times 27 January 2011).” Well, Japan got a chance “as the number one” position in the 1980s, but the minimum impact on the world stage has remained. Maybe it is time for both politicians and business leaders in Japan to think about “why.”

Source: Global Times (access date: 10 March 2011).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

“My father is Li Gang!”

One of “popular” phrase in China last year was “My father is Li Gang.” In October 2010, 23-year-old student Li Qiming hit two students when he drove a car on university campus, killing one and injuring the other. When a crowd tried to stop him from fleeing, Li shouted: “Go ahead, sue me. My father is Li Gang!” Li’s father is deputy police chief in Baoding City; he attempted to use his father’s influence in the accident. Li’s comment exploded on the internet, becoming the China’s newest catch phrase in 2010. The case focused popular anger at Chinese elite, abusing of power in the society. As soon as the anger explored in the net, Li Gang appeared on national television, weeping, apologizing, and bowing in front of the camera. However, his son received six years in prison and ordered to pay $69,900 in compensation to the family whose son was killed in the crash, and to pay $13,800 to other victim. This incident in China is tip of iceberg. Probably, a number of similar incidents in China have never explored by the public outcry, justice for the victims in vain

Souce: Regarding Li Gang's case, see http://www.douban.com/group/topic/15753031/ (access date: 3 March 2011).

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Toshiba vs. American Females

Toshiba Corporation in the U.S. were hit with a $100 million lawsuit on 31 January 2011, alleging that Toshiba American Nuclear Energy Corporation and its parent, Toshiba American Inc., engaged in systemic gender discrimination against female employees. The class action employment lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. According to the Japan Times the company paid the females between $90,000 and $92,000 annually from 2008 to 2010 while males in similar jobs at the company were paid about $120,000 annually. This is not a surprise to those who understood the Japanese business culture. No female has ever become CEO in a Japanese multi-national corporation, such as Toshiba. Before the 21st century, no Japanese corporation including Toyota (see my book) allowed foreigners (including both female and male) to take a charge of facilities located in the USA. As former Prime Minister Lee Kuwan Yew states, “I can give CEO name of many American and British corporations, but I cannot give single CEO name of Japanese corporations (Pacific Century).”  Are the Japanese corporations bias? Are the Japanese racists? You can make your own judgments.

Source: Regarding this case, see WSJ Japan edition http://jp.wsj.com/Business-Companies/node_178302 (access date: 3 March 2011).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chinese New Territory from Tajikistan

“Having got rid of this ‘headache,’ Tajikistan ensured its stability and the inviolability of its borders on the part of China for decades to come,” Sukhrob Sharipov, the director of the Tajik presidential center for strategic research, stated (Times of Central Asia 14 January 2011). As the third largest country (9.6 million sq. km.) in the world, China got another 1,000 square kilometer from Tajikistan (about 0.77% of its territory) which agreed to cede a 130-year-long disputed territory on 14 January 2011. The Tajik-Chinese border protocol was signed in 2002, and ratified by Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament on 12 January 2011. Historically, the territorial dispute at first between the Tsarist Russia and China, then between the Soviet Union and China, later between Tajikistan and China over some 28,500 square kilometers in the Pamir mountain range in the second half of the 19th century (Right Vision News 14 January 2011). In return, China relinquishing claims over 28,000 square kilometers of Tajik lands. This agreement will promote further expansion of Tajikistan’s ties with China. Japan should learn from Tajikistan if Japan wants to territorial settlement peacefully.

Source: In further information regarding this issue, see Central Asian Newswire http://centralasianewswire.com/Tajikistan/Tajikistan-gives-China-land-to-settle-century-old-dispute/viewstory.aspx?id=2918 (access date: 4 March 2011).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Visiting Northern Territories by Russians Military

Russian deputy defense minister Col. Gen. Dmitri Bulgakov visited Etorofu and Kunashiri Islands, controlled by Russia, during January 20-21. The minister inspected military installations in these islands (Sankei Shimbun). The move comes after President Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian leader to visit Kunashiri in November. Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov followed suit in December by visiting Etorofu and Kunashiri Islands. As a result, Kono Masaharu, Japanese ambassador to Moscow replaced by Harada Chikahito in January because Kono failed to gather advance information on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the disputed territories with China (24 December 2010).  Interestingly, three Japanese men defied Japanese government guidance by giving Russian visas to travel to Kunashiri Island on 26 January 2011. This enraged Foreign Minister Maehara Seiji because Russian visas imply Japan recognizes Moscow’s jurisdiction over the Northern territories (Japan Times 31 January 2011). In addition, on 4 February 2011, Anatoly Serdyukov, Russian Defense Minister, also made one-day military inspection trip to Kunashiri and Etorofu Islands. Serdyuko inspected machine-gun artillery division on these islands. Russia will install its Tor-M2 anti-aircraft system and Mi-28N attack helicopters in the Southern Kuris (Bloomberg News 2 March 2011). What can Prime Minister Kan Naoto do?


Source:  euronews, http://www.euronews.net/2010/11/01/russiajapan-row-over-medvedev-island-visit/ (access date: 4 March 2011).
Source: RIA Novosti / POOL; regarding the Kurils issue, see an article in http://rt.com/politics/medvedev-kan-japan-summit/ (access date: 10 March 2011).


Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Chinese Loans Top the World Bank’s

Since the Lehman Crisis, global credit has been crunched even among international organizations, such the World Bank. According to the Financial Times (17 January 2011) China Development Bank and China Export-Import Bank agreed to lend at least $110 billion to infrastructure in the developing countries, such as Ghana and Argentina in 2009 and 2010. On the other hand, the World Bank handed out only 100.3 billion to the developing countries from mid-2008 to mid-2010 in response to the global financial meltdown. The Chinese agreements contain large loan-for-oil deals with Russia, Venezuela, and Brazil. Also, some of loans were denominated in yuan as China tried to internationalize Renminbi. In fact, Chinese banks offer more favorable terms than the World Bank and other lenders.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

J-20 Technology

On 25 January 2011, the Chinese official newspaper rejected the claim that the technology of J-20 stealth was taken from a downed American F-117 Nighthawk, shitting down over Serbia in 1999 (Global Times). In May 1999, the U.S. “mistakenly” bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese inside of the building. Meanwhile Serbia shot down the F-117 in March 1999, marking the first time an “invisible” fighters was hit by a Soviet-built SA-3 missile. Subsequently, the US government removed the designer of SA-3 missile from the public (Phoenix TV News).
Today, US F-22 Raptor, the successor to the Nighthawk, is only stealth fighter in active service. As the White House has asked Japan to buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, employing stealth technology, Japan probably does not have choice, but buy the F-35 against J-20.  Interestingly, on 24 January 2011, former B-2 stealth bomber engineer Noshir Gowadia was sentenced to 32 years in prison for selling military secrets to China.

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).

Friday, March 4, 2011

China Scores the Points/The Chinese Signal-I

During the Korean War, one the major battles between the American and Chinese military was the Battle of Triangle Hill, “Battle on Shangganling Mountainin the Chinese. In 1956, China made a famous film of this battle where the Chinese troops endured huge hardships before reinforcements arrive against American enemies. Almost all Chinese know the movie and its theme song “My Motherland” in the film. During the White House state dinner given in honor of visiting President Hu Jintao, Chinese pianist Lang Lang played “My Motherland.” On the internet commentators noted, “It’s deeply meaningful to play this in the United States, but I don’t know if the Americans can understand? Ha ha….,” stated by web user. Another web user stated, “We do not want to see war, but we are really not afraid of war, and to defend our motherland, we are really not afraid of any great powers (Japan Times 25 January 2011).” On Lang Lang’s blog, “I was telling them (many dignitaries) about the power of China and the unity of the Chinese,” he wrote. From now on, Americans need to be careful when involved in any affairs in the Asian region.

Source: The Battle of Triangle Hill, chiharakai2005.at.webry.info (access date: 4 March 2011).

Source: Lang Lang, latimesblogs.latimes.com (access date: 4 March 2011)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Obama’s Second State of the Union/Obama Will Choose China or Japan-II

On 25 January 2011, the 44th President of the United States delivered his second  State of the Union address. In his 62-minutes speech, Obama mentioned “China” four times, did not mention “Japan” at all. The following day, all Japanese newspapers reported that Obama did not refer to Japan at all, the second consecutive years that Japan was not mentioning by the President of the United States. Even though the US and Japan have the security treaty, Japan is not priority for Obama, but China is because China might be able to help him reduce a near 10.0 percent unemployment rate. In fact, the security treaty is legacy of the Cold War. It is too sad that the Japanese media, which has been viewed as the third rate media, needing to change their Cold War mentality first.

Source: The White House Homepage http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/2011-state-union-address (access date: 2 March 2011).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Beijing Learning from the West

It is a well-known fact that Communist country does not care about advertisements.  For instance, Beijing has never publicly described its completion of the “Eurasian Railway,” starting in Liangyugang, via central Asian countries, to Rotterdam, Netherlander in the 1990s. It is not coincidental when President Hu Jintao’s trip to the U.S., the Chinese news agency Xinhua launched a video billboard in Times Square. The advertisement involves many celebrities including Jackie Chan (martial arts movie star), Yao Ming (basketball player), Yang Liwei (astronaut), Lang Lang (pianists), and Song Zuying (singer). The video played until 14 February 2011 running 15 times an hour, 20 hours a day (New York Times 18 January 2011). Now, the “Red” China is learning more value of capitalism than any western industrial countries.

Source: Xinhua News

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sino-U.S. New Era in 2011

On 2 January 2011, the former national security adviser under Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, published an article in New York Times, titled “How to Stay Friends with China.” Brzezinski was the person who negotiated with Beijing to arrange Deng Xiaoping’s trip to the US in 1979, normalizing Sino-U.S. relations. He indicates that Americans have “neglected for the last 20 years mounting evidence of its own domestic obsolescence.” Both China and the US have “unintentionally intensified the suspicions of the other.” Regarding Hu Jintao’s visit, “presidents Obama and Hu should make a serious effort to codify in a joint declaration the historic potential of productive American-Chinese cooperation (New York Times).”  As a result, “China-U.S. Joint Statement” was issued on 20 January 2011 in Washington D.C. Among a total of 41 articles in the joint statement, nearly half of the articles deal with the mutual economic partnership, indicating that both the number one and number two economic powers agree to work together globally resulting in a win-win situation for both. While Washington recognizes the peaceful rise of China, and Beijing recognizes the American involvement in the Asian region, both leaders understand the differences among issues, such as the concept of human rights, the dialogue with Dalai Lama, and the selling weapons to Taiwan.  However, American scholar David Shambaugh expresses his short-sighted analysis of Hu’s visit by indicating “the next two years of domestic political transitions,” which might not satisfy each other at all (New York Times 17 January 2011).

Source: The Chinese Embassy in the USA http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zt/hujintaous/t788648.htm (access date: 3 March 2011)