Game of Thrones: Senkaku for Sale
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  • Kris

    “Nobody is allowed to trade in China’s sacred territory”

    “Sacred”?! I thought you guys were supposed to be Godless Commies!

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    The Chinese have boarder disputes with all of their neighbors, none of which are any more valid than their annexing of Tibet. China is 330km away from the Senkaku Islands, even Taiwan is 170km away, and Japan has owned that entire Okinawan island chain for generations.

  • An

    In my opinion any crisis will be diplomatic. The Chinese are outclassed by the Japanese military. In US Navy circles, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is considered equals in terms of performance and professionalism. Japan only spends 1% of GDP, but they have a policy of having the newest tech often purchased from the US. For example, they build about one submarine a year and retire them after twenty years. And Japanese submarines are equal to anything Europe can build. In combat experience matters, the Japanese were in charge of anti-submarine warfare in the northeast pacific during the cold war, they could hunt and track down Russian submarines as well as we could.

    The Chinese play the long game and do not want a hostile Japan. The Japanese have the capability and materials to build nuclear weapons in a matter of months. They already launch satellites into space, have (had) nuclear reactors with the needed fuel, and possess the technical capabilities to build a bomb. Japan is pacifist now, but if they feel threatened things can change. The younger generation is more nationalistic and martial than the current pacifist leadership.

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