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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. A military friend of mine believes the next "cold war" will be between the ever nationalistic Japan and China...fed by Western nations who will resolve their debts to Japan and China by giving them arms. It is not too far fetched of a view, sadly...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Tue Jun 20th, 2006 at 04:16:08 AM EST
An American whom I met last week has a wide range of experiences in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. She told me what's going on in this part of Asia is a "peaceful Middle East-type crisis where no one can get over the history."

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Tue Jun 20th, 2006 at 04:49:41 AM EST
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I highly doubt it.  As tuasfait pointed out, the history shared by the two countries is ugly, but a Cold-War-like situation is highly unlikely.  For one thing, China's the only country with nukes in that faceoff.  Any kind of war between Japan and China could not end in anything but an incredible defeat for Japan.  its standing army alone is enough to convince me of that.

I'd like to think we're moving beyond those sorts of confrontations, but, then again, I'm an American, and my government is the one that always seems to enjoy proving me wrong.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Jun 20th, 2006 at 09:58:49 AM EST
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