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Japan: China Is "Scary Country"
CNN ^ | April 12, 2005 | Tara Duffy

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Japan
KEYWORDS: china; northeastasia
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To: agrace
Interesting China thread ping

Yes, and also an important thread. The Pacific Rim countries are spinning towards war (unless something changes), but the MSM is worried about M. Jackson. If the PacRim goes to war, we will be there, and in a bigger way than in Iraq.
51 posted on 04/13/2005 7:01:16 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (It's boogitty boogitty boogitty season!)
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To: srm913

bump to read later


52 posted on 04/13/2005 7:07:40 PM PDT by Steve1789 (Stay to the far right to get by.)
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To: ProudVet77; lightingguy

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.


53 posted on 04/13/2005 7:19:57 PM PDT by agrace (All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: agrace

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:
http://english.people.com.cn/200209/27/eng20020927_104013.shtml
Either the Chinese guys learn to shower with a buddy or there are some big problems ahead.


54 posted on 04/13/2005 7:32:16 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (It's boogitty boogitty boogitty season!)
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To: ProudVet77; agrace

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.


55 posted on 04/15/2005 6:14:19 AM PDT by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: srm913

It's just crazy, crazy I tell you. I feel like sometimes the Chinese feel like it's a game. Has anyone seen Mr. Bubbles?
56 posted on 04/15/2005 6:26:28 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne
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