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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Obama’s New Defense Strategy

The year 2012 is a very different year because many world leaders are facing re-election. Of course, President Obama is going to encounter the Republican candidate in November. On 5 January 2012, Obama laid down the US defense strategy, cutting $487 billion in defense spending over the next 10 years, about a 8 percent decrease. Still, American military spending remain the biggest worldwide, about eight times more than than its rival, China. The other point in Obama’s defense strategy is that the US will remain in the Asia-Pacific Region due to its national interests. Obviously, Obama’s rhetoric is focusing on the rising China.  A Xinhua News editorial warned the US that  is not the time to be “flexing its muscles” in the Asian region. Unfortunately, the US misunderstands the rising China. Will China attack the US?  Will Beijing send its troops to Canada or Mexico as the military bases? Will China dispatch its carrier fleets to the off of the US West Coast all time? The answer is “No.” However, the US has done all above items, by attacking Iraq, placing military bases in Japan and South Korea, dispatching carriers to the Chinese coasts. It is time for the US to rethink its national defense strategy again.

Source: AP News (access date: 5 January 2012).

Sunday, February 26, 2012

China vs. USA: Iran Case-II/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-XX

As President Obama’s special envoy, Timothy Geithner, visited Beijing to convince the Chinese to reduce the crude oil imports from Tehran, the Chinese rejected American request. Thereafter, Treasury Secretary Geithner came to Tokyo to meet his counterpart Finance Minister Azumi Jun on 12 January 2012. According to the news from CNN and the Japanese media Azumi agreed to reduce the imports of Iran oil which accounts about 10 percent of Japan’s crude oil imports “as soon as possible and in a planned manner.” However, on 14 January 2012, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko told a news conference that the Japanese government has not decided yet whether to reduce its crude oil from Iran, and Azumi’s view should be considered “personal” and only “a forecast” opinion. Nothing is surprising about these differences between the Prime Minister and his minister. In the past, there are many similar cases in Japanese politics because they are third class rate politicians anyway. By 20 January 2012, the Japanese government officially asked the US to waive the punishment if the Japanese companies had oil business with Tehran (Japan Times, 21 January 2012).

Source: Bloomberg New,  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-12/japan-considering-gradual-cut-in-iran-oil-imports-as-sanctions-calls-rise.html (access date: 26 February 2012).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Seychelles Chinese Naval Base?

Seychelles has offered China to have A Chinese naval base in the India Ocean during visiting by Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie in early December. On 13 December 2011, the Chinese Defense Ministry made its statement in Beijing that China is considering an offer to allow Chinese Navy ships to visit for rest and resupply. Since late 2008, China has participated in conducting antipiracy patrols off the coast of Somalia. All major Chinese media have debated this invitation from Seychelles, but China is unlikely to establish a permanent naval base overseas because it will opposite Beijing’s cornerstone, seeking hegemony in the world.  

Source: firstpost.com (access date: 1 February 2012).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Next Fighter Jet for Japan -- F-35

The Japanese government has chosen the F-35 Lightning II stealth jet as its next-generation fighter, which is going to replace Japan’s aging F-4s (Japan Times, 14 December 2011). Japan will acquire about 40 new jets including the: F/A-18 Hornet made by Boeing Co., European-designed Eurofighter, and F-35 made by Lockheed Martin in the US. The US might allow Japan to manufacture the fighter eventually. Some Chinese media claim that the Chinese J-20 stealth is better than F-35 stealth fighter. 

Source: telegraph.co.uk (access date: 30 January 2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Japanese Apology/Learning History-XV

According to Canadian Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney, Kato Toshiyuki, Japan’s parliamentary vice minister of foreign affairs, made an apology in Tokyo to Canadian veterans in a private meeting. This year is the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the invasion of Hong Kong in 1941. “This important gesture is a crucial step in ongoing reconciliation and a significant milestone in the lives of all prisoners of war. It acknowledges their suffering while honoring their sacrifices and courage,” states Blaney (Japan Times, 10 December 2011). The battle began on 8 December 1941, and lasted until Christmas Day. After 18 days fighting, the Allies surrendered. About 290 Canadians were killed and 493 wounded during the battle with the Japanese imperial army.

Source: niagarathisweek.com (access date: 27 January 2012)