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, January 30, 2012

A Liar -- Netanyahu from the World Leaders’ Voice/Obama's War-II

Usually, when the world leaders gather, there is a photo show. However, the annual G 20 meeting in Cannes, France created an interesting story. The Sarkozy-Obama conversation was caught in the tape. “Netanyahu, I can’t stand him. He’s a liar,” said French Present Nicolas Sarkozy. “You are sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day,” President Barack Obama responded (Japan Times 20 October 2011) that Benjamin Netanyahu might be popular at home, but he has lost a lot of respect around the world.

All this relates to the Iran nuclear issue. Unlike the previous head of the UN atomic watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei who strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq by the USA due to no evidence of IAEA, the current head, Yukiya Amano, a Japanese bureaucrat, is an American puppet. He submitted the report which is preferred to the pro-Israel right-wings people who wish to change the regime in Iran desperately.
Source: The Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8876102/Nicolas-Sarkozy-complained-to-Barack-Obama-of-liar-Benjamin-Netanyahu.html (access date: 21 January 2012).

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

China vs. USA: Burma Case-II

After the government in Burma suspended the construction of the 3,200-megawatt Myitsone Dam by the Chinese, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, made a historical trip to Burma, the first in 50 years. The military leader Thein Sein changed his military clothes to greet Secretary Clinton, who later also met Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung Sun Suu Kyi. While Clinton was trying to improve the U.S.’s relationship with Burma, Thein Sein sent his military delegation to Beijing to meet Xi Jinping, the next leader of China.

Source: Xinhua News (access date: 18 January 2012).


Monday, January 23, 2012

China vs. USA: Iran Case-I

Iran’s news agencies announced that its defense forces brought down the American spy drone – RQ-170 in early December. The RQ-170 stealth aircraft played a critical role in the killing Osam bin Laden in April. Like B-2 bombers and the F-3 fighter jet, the RQ-170 has extremely sophisticated technology which might be leaked outside of the US.  Many western nations, including Japan, cannot access these technologies. Some Western media have claimed that Iran radars provided by both Russia and China might have shot down the RQ-170. On December 10, Tehran’s state television showed the intact of the American stealth drone.  Obama has asked Iran to return the RQ-170, but Iran is unlikely to do so. Surely, both Russia and China are looking forward to having these pieces of the RQ-170. By January 2012, Iran decided to return the miniature of the RQ-170, about one-eightieth of the size of the original aircraft, to the US (Japan Times, 19 January 2012).

Source: geekosystem.com (access date: 21 January 2012)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese Economy Controversy

Kevin Rafferty had an interesting article in the Japan Times (18 September 2011) titled “China’s Historic Rise (or Slowdown).” According to Rafferty there are conflicting theories on China’s economy.  One group of scientist predicts that China will become a super power overcoming the US economy someday.  Another group of scientists predicts that China faces an economic slowdown. The former is heading Arvind Subramanian, who believes that China is unstoppable. The latter is led by Michael Pettis, who claims that the Chinese economy will slow down approximately three percent. Neither group really and completely understands China, which is the largest complex country in the world.  However, one thing is clear! If China follows Japan’s example, a country which has lost decades since the 1990s when the bubble busted, China will be chaos. Why?  Unlike Japan, China does not have very good social network and social security. Once it happens; people in China like "Arab Spring" or "Occupy of Wall Street" might look for overthrowing the current regime in Beijing. Otherwise, Subramanian has the right answer.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

“Minister of Truth” -- Gary Locke

Today, over the internet, two-term Washington state governor and former Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, Ambassador of China, has become the most popular figure among the Chinese citizens. Not because his ancestral roots originate from Taishan, China when his grandfather immigrated to the USA about a century ago, but because his simplicity has impressed normal citizens. Before Locke arrived at Beijing, he described himself as “banana” – meaning yellow skin (i.e., Chinese face) in the outside, but white-people’s thinking inside of his brain (Talk to Asian, CNN, November 2011). Along with his daughter, Locke was photographed at the Seattle airport when they were trying to pay for his coffee with a coupon. Subsequently, these photos were circulated in Chinese microblog.  Although he does not speak the Chinese language, unlike his predecessor Jon Huntsman who speaks Mandarin fluently, the Chinese citizens love Gary Locke. When Locke landed at the Beijing airport, there are no followers, no guards, no flowers, no applause or warm welcoming extravagant show (Japan Times 4 December 2011). People contrast Locke with the Chinese higher officials, who have been corrupt for years. Like ordinary people, Gary Locke has been labeled the “Minister of Truth,” reflecting the frustration among Chinese citizens. But, state-owned media, such as Global Times or Guangming Daily has been critical about Locke because the government has ordered no reporting on news of Locke’s family. 
 Source: Seattle Times (access date: 15 January 2012)
Source: Tofang Dushibao, http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2011/08/gary-locke-the-new-u-s-ambassador-makes-a-mark-on-chinese (access date: 15 January 2012)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Seventh Veto by China/Doing Businesses in the Chinese Way-VI/China vs. USA: Syria Case-I

In October, France, the U.K., Germany, and Portugal and the US, presented a draft resolution to the UN security Council, seeking to condemn Syria for use of force against civilians. Unlike resolutions implemented against Libya, two countries: Russia and China vetoed the resolution against Syria. This was China’s seventh veto at the Security Council. The following are all Chinese veto at the UN:
1st: On 25 August 1972 (against Sri Lanka to join the UN)
2nd: On 10 September 1972 (against Palestine at the UN)
3rd: On 10 January 1979 (against the bill whose country associates with Taiwan)
4th: On 25 February 1999 (against the bill whose country associates with Taiwan)
5th: On 12 January 2007 (against Burma)
6th: On 11 July 2008 (against Zimbabwe)
7th: on 4 October 2011 (against Syria)
In the final analysis, China like the US, has its national interests too.
Source: UN News, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39935 (access date: 13 January 2012)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

China vs. USA: Burma Case-I

The 3,200-megawatt Myitsone Dam in Burma has been suspended after Burma’s government decided to put construction on hold.   News media reported that Burma stopped the project after an environmental assessment indicated that there were problems. Well, all behind this dam is that the US has been improved its relationships with Burma recently. The US wishes that there are enough trouble for China to deal with ASEAN countries including issues of South China Sea in the Asian Region.

Source: China News,  http://www.china.org.cn/world/2011-10/04/content_23546501.htm (access date: 9 January 1212)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Getting Rich and Getting Stupid/Huang Yue Case

Confucian was born in China, and his philosophy has enlightened millions throughout the world. Last year, China became the second largest superpower after overtaking Japan; the wallet of many people in China has gotten deep. Unfortunately, the fundamental principles of Confucian philosophy might disappear from the Chinese landscape soon. On 20 October 2011, a 2-year-old girl, Huang Yue (nickenamed Yueyue), was run over twice by two vehicles while 18 people ignored her passing by in cars, bicycles or on foot. The whole incident was caught by a surveillance camera.  Yueyue died a few days later. What’s wrong with these Chinese people? The Chinese media including People’s Daily began to educate their citizens regarding Yueyue’s case. As a scholar from Renmin University states, “If the upper beam is not straight, the lower beams will go askew (Japan Times 21 October 2011).” He refers to the widespread corruption of Chinese government high officials. The Chinese scholar is right! Until government officials straighten up, there will not be any Confucian moral philosophy left in China. Sham on the Chinese! Sham on the leaders in Beijing!

Source: Sina News,  http://news.sina.com.cn/z/ntzny/index.shtml (access date: 9 January 2012)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lai Changxing Corruption Case

After 12 years of negotiations between China and Canada, 53-year-old Lai Changxing was welcomed home by the 1.3 billion Chinese people on 23 July 2011. Since the 1990s, the Chinese government has repeatedly requested that Canada deport Lai to China. Since 1949, the Lai’s multi-billion dollar smuggling corruption is the largest corruption case in modern China’s history. “Lai’s repatriation once again shows that no matter where a criminal suspect flees, he or she cannot evade legal sanctions in the end,” said the Ministry of Public Security (Xinhua News). Lai’s operation involved the fundamental foundation of the powerful communist party including some members of the current Standing Committee of the CCP in Zhongnanhai, the central governmental headquarters in Beijing. He had hauled in $6.8 billion in goods and evaded $3.8 billion in taxes between 1996 and 1999 before Lai escaped to Canada. The highest level involved in Lai’s case was Jian Qinglin, who held the number four position in the Chinese government as the head of the Fujian Province.  Jia’s wife, Lin Youfang was strongly supportive of Lai’s operation. In 2006, Lin was interviewed by the media of Hong Kong and denied knowing Lai Changxing (Epoch Times 25 July 2011). Furthermore, current members of the Standing Committee: He Guoqiang who was vice secretary of Fujian Province during 1996-1999, and Xi Jinping, the future leader of China, who was vice secretary of Fujiang Province in 1999 are believed to be connected with the case. This development is important as it is the last chance for Hu Jintao to clean up Jiang Zemin’s “friends” in Chinese politics before the 18th CCP meeting next year. In fact, Lai’s case was launched by former Prime Minister Zhu Rongji. According to the Japanese media, Lai Changxiang got information from Jiang Zemin’s clique leading to his escape to Canada (China Search 23 August 2011). However, according to the media from Hong Kong the Chinese government will not seek the case further because the communist party does not want to embarrass more. That is, most corruption cases have involved many high party officials.

Source: CCTV News (access date: 2 January 2012)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

“Loach” Prime Minister in Japan/Laodicean Politics in Japan-XII

In his prime minister race, Noda Yoshihiko publicly admits that he will not have high approval rating if Noda himself became the Japanese prime minister. “With my looks in the prime minister office, I do not expect the approval rating to skyrocket (Yomiuri News 29 August 2011),” Noda continues. “I will never be a goldfish in scarlet robe, but more like a loach in muddy waters, I will work hard for the people, to move politics forward (Guardian News 31 August 2011).” Many in the media claim that Noda is “modest” politician, but time is too early to tell. One thing is very clear; that is, he was educated at the conservative institute, Matsushita Institute of Government and Management was founded by Matsushita Konosuke in 1979 by using his personal funds about 7 billion Japanese yen. Noda believes that these class-A criminals in the Yasukuni Shrine are not criminals at all, and has determined to raise the consumption tax very soon. Within six years, Noda became fifth “loach” prime minister since 2006 (Abe, Fukuda, Aso, Hatoyama, and Kan). Most world leaders do not pay attention to who the prime minister of Japan is. Even the spokeswoman in the White House can not remember how many prime ministers there have been in the past five-six years.
Source: headlines.yahoo.co.jp (access date: 1 January 2012)