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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I think there is growing pushback against the unjust and outrageous territorial demands of a belligerent China, among all China’s neighbors.

    China is behaving stupidly, they think they can throw their weight around and their neighbors will just knuckle under. But China’s position is tenuous, they have $3 Trillion worth of foreign treasuries that can be repudiated in case of war, their export model economy is dependent on the unsustainable manipulation of their currency by the purchase of foreign treasuries, their neighbors control the sea routes which carry all their trade, and finally China would be crippled if they were to be embargoed by them. It is said that the customer is always right, and yet the Chinese have repeatedly threatened and assaulted all of their customers. Without the price advantage from currency manipulation no one is going to buy Chinese junk, especially when China’s only use to the global economy has been low cost labor which most of their neighbors have in abundance.

  • hoho eater

    It is probably impossible for a westerner to understand, but the Japanese have this funny concept. It is quite strange really. They actually think their country, its laws, and its public policies should exist to benefit ethnic Japanese people. They consider if the actions of their leaders will benefit the native population before considering “social justice” or “what’s good for business”.

    When you talk about “right wing” or “left wing” in Japan, you should keep in mind practically everybody has this quaint little concept built in. It is so obvious for them, that they really don’t have to point it out. It just exists are part of the common foundation they all have when discussing anything.

  • Foobarista

    One of my “random element” tech scenarios for the 21st century is artificial womb tech. I always figured it would be either Russian or Japanese nationalists who would perfect it, as they’ll need bodies and are well aware that demography is destiny.

    Geopolitical necessity is the mother of invention.

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