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It is funny how much calmer (South) Koreans are about this recent dust-storm than Americans who seem to think this is the same as launching cold war nukes already. That said, this does feel a bit more serious than normal. I lived through tensions between DPRK and ROK rising just outside of Seoul. Americans freaked out, Koreans only got tense during the Yongpyang Island shelling. Anyway, Mr. President does seem a bout more loose cannon than normal, but even he has tried to calm talk of pre-emptive strike. The NYT has a good article on it, and China's complicated towing the line recently. 

Date: 2017-04-15 03:41 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] matrixmann
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Sounds like a play as they always stage it: Media generates more of a fear bubble than there really is to get.

Date: 2017-04-15 04:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] matrixmann
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Japan also has taken a more unhealthy course over the past years. More into a direction that seemed like "dancing to America's pipe".
Might be a result from that.
Not to forget - one doesn't know which kind of social and economical problems the country has. After a nuclear power plant which went poof and still the answers to it almost all are on a debtcounter of the general populace, guess there's still quite some stuff to distract from.

Date: 2017-04-16 06:56 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] matrixmann
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Ever since the territory fights over those several islands (only the reason on the cover, I'd think), this has turned into a chessboard of American interest and will to get each other to turn on each each other, especially on China. For all the apparent reasons American politics always make noise aginst anything abroad.

Date: 2017-04-15 11:01 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] conuly
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The really interesting thing, to my mind, is that China is increasingly being treated as the major world power worth listening to. Maybe I'm wrong, but it does seem to me that when I was a kid, "China warns" this or that about anything not directly connected to China would've been treated like, I don't know, South Sudan or Armenia issuing that warning. And even a few years ago, the response would've been "Yeah, so what, China? Your idea of human rights sucks, and you're not exactly the voice of calm in Asia, so who cares?"

Date: 2017-04-15 11:17 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] conuly
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No, you can't. But it still surprises me that they've crept up in how much respect they're given, and nobody comments on that.

Then again, it's possible I read entirely the wrong articles when I was younger and am just confused.

Edit: And I don't mean to sound like I think this is wrong or bad or anything like that. God knows we had enough years of people listening to America's point of view, because when you're carrying a big enough stick, you don't need to speak softly. It's just different from what I grew to expect when I was small.
Edited Date: 2017-04-15 11:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-16 01:52 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] conuly
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(This is why I laughed an answer on Quora about how China had never done Imperialism. You don't have 18 major ethnic groups and 52 total ones without Imperialism)

Hell, even if you don't know much about Chinese history, does the word "Tibet" ring any bells?

China's done every flavor of imperialism, sheesh.

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