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It's getting hot over here.

Ignore all the BS about the Keynesian stimulus and focus on the facts. Actually, you still have to take the potential Keynesian stimulus idea into account - not because it is true, but because the players involved no doubt believe it is true, thereby... making it true. Argh!

Asia is on the cusp of a full-blown arms race. The escalating clash between China and almost all its neighbours in the Pacific has reached a threshold. All other economic issues at this point are becoming secondary.

Beijing's implicit threat to shoot down any aircraft that fails to adhere to its new air control zone in the East China Sea is a watershed moment for the world. The issue cannot easily be finessed. Other countries either comply, or they don't comply. Somebody has to back down.

The gravity of the latest dispute should by now be obvious even to those who don't pay attention the Pacific Rim, the most dangerous geostrategic fault line in the world.

Japan’s foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, accused China of “profoundly dangerous acts that unilaterally change the status quo”.

The US defence secretary Chuck Hagel called it “a destabilising attempt to alter the status quo in the region” and warned that the US would defy the order. The Pentagon has since stated that US pilots will not switch on their transponders to comply, and will defend themselves if attacked. Think about this for a moment.

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Hopefully nothing will come of this...

.. except a little egg on the face of the Chinese leadership. That would be historical in itself as the Communist Chinese do not take too well to losing face.

That aside, for purposes of considering hypotheticals, I have often wondered if the global elitists who desire the reduction of the population of the earth might be scheming how they might lure China or India (the two most populous countries in the world) into a conflict of some kind. That would definitely have the potential of reducing the world's population by quite a bit. This situation with China, the largest of the two in terms of population, would certainly fit such devilish plans.

May God in His mercy forbid such a thing at this time. Too many Chinese and Indians (India) are awakening to the value of liberty.

Thanks for the article, Michael. Stay safe!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

And here we go...

...let the pissing contest begin.

China sends warplanes to newly declared air zone

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Thanks. Here is a decent piece of analysis from Politico

The Day America Lost Asia

By MICHAEL AUSLIN November 26, 2013

While Washington and the world furiously debated the interim agreement between Iran and the United States over the weekend, Nov. 24, 2013, may go down in history as the day America lost Asia.

Starting this past Sunday, China began air patrols over its newly designated “air defense identification zone” over the East China Sea—home to a chain of islands disputed with Japan—and within 24 hours Beijing turned 80 years of free aerial navigation on its head. China’s move is no less dramatic than Iran’s potential victory in gaining the right to enrich uranium: Absent an effective U.S. response, China has successfully begun changing the rules of international security in East Asia. And with a whimper, not a bang, Washington may begin losing its influence in Asia, despite its still-preponderant strength.

Here are four things the world should note about China’s bold move.

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Well gee - something's gotta give!

If China won't start WWIII with us over some islands, and Germany won't start a war with us over their gold, and Russia won't start a war with us over South Osetia, who will? India? Ireland? Kuala Lampur? CANADA???

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

The lost island chain of Fernando Poo....

of the Illuminatus...

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

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I think that stamp was on the package you sent me!

Wait a minute. Island? Did you say island?

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China looks kind of dumb now

Planes from the US, Japan, and now South Korea have all happily flown through the airspace newly claimed by China. China backs down.

But by imposing a new air defense zone over the islands last weekend, Beijing may have miscalculated. It provoked a quick, pointed challenge from the United States, set off alarm bells among Asian neighbors and created a frenzy of nationalist expression inside China on hopes that the new leadership team in Beijing would push for a decisive resolution of the longstanding dispute.

On Wednesday, after the Pentagon sent two B-52 bombers defiantly cruising around China’s new air defense zone for more than two hours, Beijing appeared to backpedal. The overflights went unchallenged, and some civilian airlines ignored China’s new assertion of air rights.

Name calling: Senkaku, Japan; Diaoyu, China; or Tiaoyu, Taiwan.

Disputed uninhabited Islands between Japan & China. Name calling: Japan claims Senkaku; while China dubs them Diaoyu; yet Taiwan prefers Tiaoyutai. AKA: rocks between the mainland & land of the rising Sun.

Sankaku, Japan or Diaoyu, China joint history.
Unfounded Assertions: Ever since it incorporated the Senkaku Islands into Japanese territory through a Cabinet decision in 1895, the Japanese government has consistently taken the position that the islands are an integral part of the territory of Japan. This stance accords with both international law and the historical facts. The Senkaku have consistently been under Japan’s effective control, except for a period (from 1945 to 1972) when the islands were placed under the administration of the United States as part of Okinawa prefecture.

The Historical Record: As the record shows, Japanese inhabited the Senkaku from 1895 until immediately before the start of World War II. Japanese people sometimes lived on the islands to harvest albatross feathers. During another period, a factory was built to process dried bonito. The population of one of the islands, Uotsuri, topped 200 at one point. In 1920, residents of Ishigaki Island, which was under the jurisdiction of Okinawa prefecture, rescued Chinese fishermen caught in a storm in waters near the Senkaku. The Consul of the Republic of China in Nagasaki sent a signed and sealed letter of appreciation for the rescue in the area of “the Senkaku Islands in the Yaeyama District of the Japanese Empire’s Okinawa Prefecture.” The letter cited the names of the residents of Ishigaki Island, whom the consul noted “were willing and generous in the rescue operation.”

Before 1971, neither China nor Taiwan made any claims to “territorial sovereignty” over the Senkaku Islands. For 76 years, neither government expressed any objection to Japanese sovereignty over the islands.

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US defies China, sends bombers into disputed East China Sea zone

U.S. defies China, sends bombers into disputed East China Sea zone

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Yes, I saw that, and I thought it was pretty hilarious.

So China - your move now. What are you going to do? Shoot down an American bomber? Me thinks not.

China, Japan and Taiwan all claim ownership of those islands. But the real fight is between Japan and China. There is a deep hatred of Japan by China, going back to WWII, and before.

It will be fascinating to watch.

Has anyone thought

to ask the islanders?

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Nobody lives there.

It's just a bunch of rocks.

They're ready to start WWIII over a bunch of rocks.

You bring the bullets, I'll bring the wine.

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Hey! At least the rock exist

I don't suspect (yet) that anyone is lying about the rocks existing! LOL