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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:30 AM

China Sends Ships Near Disputed Island After Clinton's Veiled Warning

Source: Times of India

BEIJING: China sent ships around the Japan-controlled Diaoyu islands on Saturday, in response to a veiled US warning to not create problems. Three Chinese surveillance vessels sailed around the islands in the East China Sea, which Beijing claims as its own, for nearly five hours on Saturday.

China is upset with a statement by United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who said on Friday that her government was opposed to "any unilateral actions" to undermine Japanese authority over the islands.

The Chinese action comes amid new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's South East Asia tour. Beijing views this as an attempt to build up anti-China sentiment in ASEAN, which includes countries like Vietnam and Philippines who have territorial disputes with China in the region. The situation around the disputed island is getting hot since last week when both China and Japan sent fighter jets as show of strength.

The official Xinhua news agency on Saturday criticized the US position, saying it "cast doubts on (US) credibility as a responsible power in the region". "It was unwise for Washington to throw support behind Japan in Tokyo's islands dispute with Beijing," Xinhua said.

"This unbalanced position has betrayed its declared intention to stay neutral," it said. The US proposal for "tighter military alliance with Japan will only encourage Tokyo's dangerously right-leaning tendency", the agency said.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-sends-ships-near-disputed-island-after-Clintons-veiled-warning/articleshow/18097046.cms

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Reply China Sends Ships Near Disputed Island After Clinton's Veiled Warning (Original post)
Purveyor Jan 2013 OP
Ravajava Jan 2013 #1
Nolimit Jan 2013 #2
Ravajava Jan 2013 #3
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #4
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #7
Ravajava Jan 2013 #10
Nanjing to Seoul Jan 2013 #5
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #6
amandabeech Jan 2013 #13
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #16
Berlum Jan 2013 #8
raidert05 Jan 2013 #9
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #12
amandabeech Jan 2013 #14
raidert05 Jan 2013 #15
madrchsod Jan 2013 #11

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:41 AM

1. The one thing I find comfort in

In the end, China and the US are too closely tied to do anything drastic. Ultimately, China will be forced to maintain status quo.

Of course, just from a random foreigners perspective, why do these islands matter so much? Do they hold strategic importance?

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Response to Ravajava (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:48 AM

2. There be black gold in that them islands...

I believe they have some oil reserves around them. Japan held the islands since 1895 but the Chinese laid claim to them when the oil was discovered in the 70's.

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Response to Nolimit (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:55 AM

3. Very convenient

XD Should have known.

Well, that certainly seems to punch a few wholes in the Chinese argument.

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Response to Ravajava (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:38 AM

4. Yep, we are too closely tied...

we need their cheap plastic crap that may or may not poison our children

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 03:44 AM

7. There are circumstances

under which if China chose to do so they could use their $3.3 trillion in foreign exchange reserves in such a manner as to cause a substantial increase in US interest rates. The cost of servicing effect on current debt levels would become unsustainable in the event of such action. That is the actual tie.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:58 AM

10. Nuance

Well, with that also goes the fact that China's economy is built in US consumerism, and they can't survive without Americans buying from them. Each side has a trump card economically.

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Response to Ravajava (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 03:22 AM

5. i live in prc. it's all nationalism against a traditional enemy, hegemony and the idea that there

 

is oil under those rocks.

Same thing with those rocks near PI that are closer to PI than China.

BTW, China only started a weak claim to those islands in 1970 when it was determined oil was under those rocks.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 03:33 AM

6. The can do what they want - or we get no computers, phones or tech.... right?

Or clothes, etc.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 05:26 PM

13. You point out a real problem that very few people are willing to address.

And those few appear to be outside the President's circle of advisors.

I'm not sure that even Paul Krugman has written about this problem.

Thanks for posting!

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:01 PM

16. I lived in Asia for two years - the axe will fall on our necks we willingly laid at their feet.

Even the big boys will get taken down.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 07:13 AM

8. Make the islands a shared International Peace Sanctuary

build a freakin model, for crying out loud. Do it. Now. Stop the bullshit and do it.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:16 AM

9. They will...

 

Kick the Hornets nest then run back to the main land and start swatting us, we won't stand chance out at sea and we wouldn't get a ship or air plane close enough to land on the main land....and lets not forget the rooskies will be standing right behind them.

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Response to raidert05 (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:32 PM

12. 1953 called; they're worried about the overdue fines on your worldview. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 05:27 PM

14. Under Putin, the more things change, the more things stay the same.

Putin does not have to pay library fines on his 1953 worldview because he has declared that Russian foreign policy BE 1953.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 06:25 PM

15. You want that in...

 

Small bills or Large bills

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:38 PM

11. now we are backing communist vietnam against communist china

dam it`s so difficult to keep up on where our next cheaply made products will come from

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