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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 2, 2015


In pre-WWII terms, last week, North Korea tried a “Hitler” in Southern seas and got sent home running. This week, the US did a sail by and China pulled a “France”. It’s clear who’s boss of the Pacific. At least that’s what the Pentagon will think. China’s response, though proof that it lacks strength, neither … Continue reading

China’s anti-fascist parade indistinguishable from fascist parade


To commemorate the 70th anniversary of China’s triumph over the Imperial Japanese Army in 1945, China’s communist leaders have orchestrated a massive shutdown of Beijing on a scale not seen since the same city was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army in August 1937. Banners have been suspended from bridges across the city, urging citizens to “Celebrate liberation from … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 31


Kim’s dismissal of top military leaders mirrors the downfalls of history. Top leaders are Kim’s strongest supporters. North Korea’s power could be imploding. “One Korea” could happen peacefully. Japan prepares to make it’s military more deployable. The US gave the nod in recent months. Now, the Japanese government is ready to follow suit. Japan has … Continue reading

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade


Taiwan warned officials and veterans Friday not to attend a military parade organised by China to mark Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, as the former bitter rivals vie over the history of the conflict. Beijing claims Communist troops sealed victory against the Japanese in 1945 while Taiwan argues the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 17, 2015


Chinese marketing, Taiwanese elections, and new military toys. Both Taiwan and China have been touting their military equipment. This goes a bit beyond the usual saber rattling; it’s more like sabre “show and tell”. China launches a recruitment video for it’s Navy (PLAN). Though, China is facing an aging labor force and lacks the resources … Continue reading

China’s grand military parade ‘meant to deter Japan and corrupt officials’


Hong Kong’s SCMP says in its report “Xi Jinping‘s first grand military parade ‘meant to deter Japan and corrupt officials’” today that China will hold a huge military parade in Beijing later this year, probably on September 3, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. China’s last such parade in … Continue reading

Japanese people hate China more than ever


People in Japan overwhelmingly have a poor opinion of China and vice versa, according to new polls, although Chinese views of Japan have become slightly less chilly. The percentage of Japanese respondents who said they had a negative impression of China increased to 93% from 90% a year earlier, according to a poll by Genron NPO, … Continue reading

China keeps changing excuses for South China Sea claims


Ancient Malays had crossed the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific millenniums before China started mapping its surrounding waters. With that fact, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio prefaced a lecture last June at De La Salle University on China’s false historical claims over the South China Sea. “Historical Facts, Lies, and Rights” … Continue reading

Japan objects as Chinese paper prints mushroom clouds on map


Japan on Tuesday vowed to make a stern protest to China after a regional Chinese newspaper printed a map of the country with mushroom clouds hovering over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and accused the Japanese of wanting war again. The neighbours have a long history of tense relations. Beijing bristles at Japan’s inability … Continue reading

China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan


China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two‘s D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo‘s continued denial of its brutal history. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated … Continue reading

Hundreds of Chinese families seek wartime compensation from Japan


As relations between China and Japan plumb a new low, the descendants of hundreds of Chinese men forced to work in wartime Japan are taking big, modern-day Japanese corporates to court. They are seeking millions in compensation. Japan invaded China in 1937 and ruled parts of it with a brutal hand for the next eight … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, April 28


Taiwanese protest leader visits AC; urges vigilance to protect democracy Wei Yang US-Japan treaty applies to islands: Obama KMT legislator Lin calls Japanese stupid, rigid …Pro-China Taiwan controlling faction, KMT, insults US ally over Nuke Plant issue, Fukushima Protests back anti-nuclear hunger strike This is becoming a big issue in Taiwan, and now and is … Continue reading

China’s secret WWII documents surface mysteriously; hidden and never mentioned since 1950s


China has released what it claims are previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about comfort women forced to serve in military brothels during World War Two, Chinese state media reported. The publication comes during a fraught period in Japan-China relations. Last week, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release … Continue reading

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting because Japan “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people”


The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub Japanese officials attending the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao … Continue reading

China seizes Japanese ship for “failure to return ship leased before World War II”


Shanghai Marine Court has seized a huge Japanese ore carrier to enforce its verdict on a dispute over a defunct Japanese company‘s failure to return a ship rented 80 years ago. Singtao Daily says that the ship Baosteel Emotion was a new ore carrier built in 2011. It is 320 meters long and 54 meters … Continue reading

This is why Germany doesn’t want China anywhere near Berlin’s holocaust memorial


Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Germany for the next two days, meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials. It’s the third leg of Xi’s European Union trip, and an important one – as Deutsche Welle notes, Germany is China’s most important trade partner in Europe. There is, however, once place that Xi isn’t … Continue reading

Japan says puzzled by new China WWII national days


Tokyo on Friday said it was puzzled over why Beijing approved national remembrance days to commemorate the Nanjing Massacre and its defeat in World War II, after decades of Japanese pacifism. The move is the latest in a vitriolic diplomatic spat between Asia’s two largest economies, who are at loggerheads over disputed territory and differing … Continue reading

The truth must be told: China is the Nazi Germany of the contemporary world order


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. I refer to Keith Bradsher of the New York Times, “Philippine Leader Sounds Alarm on China”, February 4 concerning its unabated and continuing aggression on the Asia Pacific region. To quote from the said article: “President … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Wartime bomb forces mass evacuations


Authorities in Hong Kong ordered 2,260 people to temporarily relocate as bomb disposal teams spent the better of portion of Friday removing a live World War II bomb from a construction site in the city. A police spokesperson told AFP that the one-ton bomb was the largest such ordnance found in Hong Kong. Technicians spent 15 hours … Continue reading

Philippine leader calls for international help against China’s aggressive sea claims


President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Tuesday for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938. Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands … Continue reading

China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle


Reuters says in its report today that China is stepping up its propaganda against Japan in the West. The following is the full text of its report: China took reporters on Thursday on an unusual trip to a camp which housed Western prisoners of the Japanese in World War Two, a further sign of Beijing … Continue reading

China rightly outraged at Japan: Moral honesty is the key for historical closure


I refer to the AFP news report, “Germany urges Japan to deal ‘honestly’ with WWII past”, December 31. To quote from the said article: “Germany said Monday it tried to deal “honestly” with its World War II past and urged Japan to do the same after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s visit to a controversial war … Continue reading

Japan targets China as islands dispute threatens to boil over


The simmering conflict between Japan and China over three islands in the East China Sea has just gotten significantly closer to an open conflict. Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just given orders to shoot down any aircraft, including Chinese surveillance drones, flying over “Japanese airspace” that refuses to leave. As Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party was … Continue reading

Chinese hatred of Japan; real or government-created?


“On this day in 1945, Japan announced unconditional surrender.” The official account of China Central Television posted this information on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and it quickly spread. Three trending posts, with a combined 236,000 retweets, identified the day’s significance and emphasized the number of Chinese who had been wounded and killed during … Continue reading

Philippines must stand up against China with help of international law and ASEAN


I refer to Amado Doronila’s analysis Deal with China? Winner takes all, in the Philippines Daily Inquirer of August 5. As Doronila reported:  “The Philippines’ second warship acquired from the United States, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, arrived on Sunday at the former US naval base in Subic Bay amid conflict between Manila and Beijing over … Continue reading

Japan’s giant new destroyer sends a clear message to China and the world


Sixty-eight years to the day of the Hiroshima bombing, Japan unveiled its new naval “destroyer” that happens to have a flat top – dubbed “Izumo” – capable of carrying various rotary-wing aviation units, reports Eric Talmadge of ABC. Consequently, it’s also the biggest since WWII … and since Japan’s official army was disbanded. The new boat comes as Chinese … Continue reading

China invokes WWII document to warn Japan over “stolen territory”


The Chinese Premier has used his visit to the German city where Allied terms of surrender were dictated to Tokyo, to send a stark message on recent territorial disputes. Premier Li Keqiang made use of his visit to Germany to send a warning to Japan that no country would be allowed to violate the peace … Continue reading

Chinese outraged after People’s Daily ‘Dishonest Americans’ column goes viral


The People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party, has baffled and shocked people in China by launching a “Dishonest Americans” Series, aiming to “provide a more objective picture of what the US and Americans are really like.” “Most Chinese people think that Americans are honest, reliable, and righteous. But once you live in the … Continue reading

Japan’s crimes against humanity: Asian comfort women of WWII


I refer to the utterly controversial and extremely immoral remarks reportedly made by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto with regard to the comfort women. I overwhelmingly concur with the statement of Attorney Harry L. Roque, Jr. that: “The Philippine government should formally lodge a diplomatic protest with the Japanese government against the statement by Osaka Mayor … Continue reading

China’s evolving ‘core interests’


Whenever China wants to identify the issues considered important enough to go to war over, it uses the term “core interests.” The phrase was once restricted to Taiwan, the island nation that China has threatened to forcibly unify with the mainland. About five years ago, Chinese leaders expanded the term to include Tibet and Xinjiang, … Continue reading

China becomes the world’s biggest trading nation


China surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s biggest trading nation last year as measured by the sum of exports and imports, a milestone in the Asian nation’s challenge to the U.S. dominance in global commerce that emerged after the end of World War II in 1945. U.S. exports and imports last year totaled $3.82 … Continue reading

The US Navy: Impotent in the South China Sea dispute


Though we have fewer ships than we did in 1916…we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater…. The question is not a game of battleship, where we’re counting ships. It’s what are … Continue reading

Japan’s Abe to send envoy to China to mend ties: Nikkei


  Japan‘s next Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to send senior ruling party member Masahiko Koumura as an envoy to China as early as next month in a bid to repair ties between Asia’s two largest economies, the Nikkei business daily said. Abe, a hardliner who has questioned claims by China and others that Japan’s … Continue reading

China: Intensive arms race causes stress on elite engineers


This year is a very busy year in China’s weapon development with a lot of achievements such as the completion of the part of the Beidou GPS system that covers China and its nearby areas, the commissioning of China’s first aircraft carrier, the virgin flight of J-31, China’s second type of stealth fighter, the successful … Continue reading

China could owe America one trillion dollars


China has a secret: It owes American investors hundreds of billions of dollars. The Chinese government doesn’t like to talk about it and the U.S. government doesn’t want to raise it. But decades ago, Beijing defaulted on debt owed to Americans, as well as investors and governments around the world. In one case, it was … Continue reading

April 5 1955 Winston Churchill Resigns As British Prime Minister


On April 5th 1955, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill retired as prime minister of Great Britain. The British leader, who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is widely regarded as one of the greatest war time leaders of the 20th century. Remembered as a statesman and orator, Churchill … Continue reading

April 3 1942 The Fall Of Bataan Begins


On April 3rd 1942, the Japanese infantry staged a major offensive against Allied troops in Bataan, the peninsula guarding Manila Bay of the Philippine Islands. The invasion of the Japanese 14th Army, which began in December 1941 and was led by General Masaharu Homma, had already forced General Douglas MacArthur’s troops from Manila, the Philippine … Continue reading

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