Skip to comments.Japan: China Is "Scary Country"
Posted on 04/12/2005 4:23:08 PM PDT by srm913
NEW DELHI, India -- China's premier has told Japan to "face up to history," while a top Japanese official has called China "scary" as a war of words simmers following massive protests in the weekend.
The missives on Tuesday came after tens of thousands of Chinese took to the streets on Saturday and Sunday, angry at a new Japanese history book they say fails to admit the extent of Japan's World War II atrocities.
The protests -- which were the largest since 1999 when crowds rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing when three Chinese were killed in Belgrade -- also targeted Japan's bid to become a permanent U.N. Security Council member.
In the latest flare-up between the two former rivals, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday that Japan must "face up to history squarely" and that the protests should give Tokyo reason to rethink its bid for a permanent council seat.
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If you find something that reports it again let me know. It flies in the face of everything else I've ever read.
and what is Japan going to do to prepare for the eventual war?
This the article? Seems close, but differs in details.
Chinas New Squeeze On Taiwan Investments
by Paul Denlinger Released: 12 Aug 2004
Take into consideration that this article was written by AgenceGlobal which is owned by "The Nation". "The Nation provides regular commentary from the leading progressive thinkers, including Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Arthur Miller, Jeremy Rifkin, Jonathan Schell, Arundhati Roy
What's scary is that's an excellent toilet by Chinese standards.
I was once squatting over one of those when a rat wriggled out the hole and ran between my feet.
I am not sure what to say about the comparison, but at least Japan as 4 (and several more to be built) AEGIS ships, second to none from United States (The only other country with AEGIS is Spain). Well, if you talk about submarines and air craft carriers, Japan does not have them.
Where some of that money went.
Autonomous military satellite to inspect others in orbit
10:49 12 April 2005
NewScientist.com news service
The US Air Force has launched a micro-satellite that could lead to an autonomous robotic mechanic that fixes satellites in orbit. The launch is the first of two such technology-demonstration satellites to lift off this week.
The 138-kilogram XSS-11 - which stands for Experimental Spacecraft Systems 11 - blasted off at 0635 PDT (1435 GMT) on Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, aboard a Minotaur rocket.
Nobodys ever done anything like this in space, says Vernon Baker, XSS-11 programme manager at the Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, US. He says developing an ability to inspect or repair in orbit will significantly lower the cost of running satellites.
During its mission, the XSS-11 craft will approach dead or unused US satellites or old rocket parts. At each rendezvous, the Air Force satellite will burn its engines to move around the object while taking a range of pictures.
Normally, ground controllers instruct a satellite when to fire its engines. But, after a commissioning and testing phase, XSS-11 will only take instruction on where to find a dead satellite. Then, with its on-board planner, it will calculate when to burn its engines.
During its lifetime, XSS-11 will rendezvous with six to eight objects, the first of which will probably be the upper stage of the Minotaur rocket that carried it into space. The Air Force wants to be able to service and inspect military satellites in space.
However, Theresa Hitchens, vice president for the Center for Defense Information, a think-tank in Washington, DC, says that the XSS-11 satellite could be the predecessor for a space-based weapon. If a micro-satellite could approach other satellites, she says, it could also adjust its speed and ram into the satellite, damaging it or knocking it off course. And smaller satellites are more difficult to detect from the ground. But officially, the US Air Force has no offensive satellite weapons program.
NASA is also interested in using such technology for a Mars-sample-return mission, so that a lander would be able to dock autonomously with a mother ship after a visit to the surface. Spacecraft autonomy is one of the requirements for President George W Bushs plan for human missions to the Moon and Mars.
Another autonomous spacecraft, NASAs Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) satellite, is scheduled for take-off on a Pegasus rocket on 15 April. It too will make its own approach to a satellite, testing techniques required to dock on auto-pilot.
After some costly delays, DART ended up costing $110 million. Its a much simpler mission, Baker told New Scientist. It is expected to operate for about 24 hours. The Air Force expects the XSS-11 to operate for between 12 and 18 months and its final cost is $80 million. It weighs about half as much as the DART satellite.
Thanks for that explanation. I had wondered what that meant also.
Interesting China thread ping
bump to read later
Definitely important. I pinged my husband (lightingguy) to this because he was just telling me yesterday how Michael Medved was discussing China on his radio show, how China has purchased so many interests in and around the US, so-called choke-points, ie around the Panama Canal etc. Any thoughts on those, with regard to potential war in the PacRim, and our participation?
I've always watched China with a wary eye, for a wide variety of reasons.
Their purchases are not going to have much end effect. The Panama Canal is not really that significant to us.
The problem is the CCP is riding a wave. They got a lot of $$s when they took over Hong Kong, so it has made China look good. But they have a huge bubble in their economy right now, and they are trying to time it's burst till after the 2008 Olympics. They have a huge water polition problem, http://www.clo2.com/reading/waternews/China_water_crisis.html
which means they only get 1/4 of the water per person the average person (in the world)gets. Which is probably close to 1/10th the water Americans and Euros get. Imagine putting up with that.
Then add in the gender explosion:
Either the Chinese guys learn to shower with a buddy or there are some big problems ahead.
Actually it was Bill Bennett who was discussing this. It has come up repeatedly on his show for a while. I think the situation does warrant some watching. That said, I used to work for a company that did business in Asia and I agree that with the coming olympics there is a definite wish to make everything at least appear great economically.
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