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Philippine Navy Adds To Regional Arms Build-Up As China Words (And Deeds) Escalate

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Submitted by Luke Hunt via The Diplomat,

The Philippine navy hopes to add two more warships to its fleet as Southeast Asian countries continue to expand their militaries in response to the Chinese government’s increasingly assertive territorial ambitions in the South China Sea, also known as the West Philippine Sea.

 

Armed forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said the new acquisitions would come under the fresh U.S. military assistance plan announced last month by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when he visited the Philippines.

China began widening its territorial claims about five years ago to include nearly all of the seas dividing Southeast Asian countries and their northern neighbor. The claims defy international standards and maritime law, and Beijing refuses to have the dispute heard before an international court.

Its attitude has angered Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, but the four countries have struggled to forge a united front within the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) when dealing with Beijing over the issue.

Adding to recent tensions was Liu Yazhou, political commissar at the People’s Liberation Army National Defense University, who said in a magazine interview that the Chinese military could match the U.S. by “seizing opportunities.”

“An army that fails to achieve victory is nothing,” Liu was quoted as saying by a defense magazine “Those borders where our army has won victories are more peaceful and stable, but those where we were too timid have more disputes.”

That type of language again irritated its neighbors.

The Vietnamese have for the first time publicly marked a naval battle fought against China over disputed islands 40 years ago. Commemorations came a month after the Chinese government published new rules requiring foreign fishing vessels to seek Beijing’s permission to operate in much of the South China Sea.

Taiwan has rejected those regulations, described by some as potentially state piracy, while others have rejected or ignored them.

Vietnam has also moved to bolster its own defenses, taking delivery of its first Russian-made Kilo class submarine, which is part of substantial military upgrade by Hanoi – primarily through a multi-billion-dollar deal with Moscow. Malaysia has also added two French-made Scorpene submarines, boosting its own maritime capabilities.

Indonesia and Singapore are also expanding their fleets in what The New York Times described as “The Submarine Race in Asia.” The paper noted that much of this arms competition was being propelled by growing wealth in Southeast Asia but added these countries and China should realize that increasing their armaments can only undermine their security as well as the stability that nurtures their economies.

 

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Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:23 | 4347341 q99x2
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I want US military assistance. And, while you're at it Yellen, up my FAFSA.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:30 | 4347360 ACP
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Shit's been happening since the US left the islands years ago. China has been putting up flags all over the place because no one was there to stop them. This is nothing new.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:27 | 4347442 Anusocracy
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Sort of like how the US scored Hawaii?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 05:53 | 4347582 Manthong
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Maybe it's crazy thinking, but there might be a renewed value to Subic. 

..or Olangapo.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 08:55 | 4347769 kralizec
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ChiCom's might as well draw a dotted line around most of Asia and Pacific region...it would illustrate their desire and be about as meaningful as tits on a bull.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:27 | 4347350 StormShadow
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I have been waiting SO long to need these instructions again...looks like the wait is about to come to an end!!

http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/battleship.pdf

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:27 | 4347352 planet psyop
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off topic but worth the time , history of anglo-american spookdum        https://www.tragedyandhope.com/the-origins-of-the-u-s-intelligence-commu...

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:29 | 4347355 Omegaman2211
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Zzz

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:29 | 4347357 Muppet Pimp
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US and Phillipines Relations go back a ways. 

Little blast from the past:

http://tinyurl.com/kqxql3c

http://tinyurl.com/k9pwmxx

 

 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:05 | 4347560 Nobody For President
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I'll be damned. I've got some of those coins from the 1930's and '40s, always wondered if they were worth anything. Gonna will them to my grandson...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 04:27 | 4347617 Joenobody12
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Like I said, I dont want the job. OK, I 'll be a senator then. I cant beat those mother fuckers, might as well join them. At least I can trade on insider information without consequence. It is the law ! 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:30 | 4347363 Seize Mars
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LOL. This shit is so predictable it's pathetic.

Hey PTB, your Syria bullshit was an epic shitshow. So turn up the back burner, namely Asia. You guys keep enough shit simmering so that when a burner needs to be turned up it's easy.

Anyways your schemes are medieval. Wars to cover up monetary shit? Jesus, that's so 1914.

What a laugh. You guys can't even start a war right. I could do better myself.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:33 | 4347368 Seize Mars
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By the way, remember when they sent the aging Enterprise into the eastern Mediterranean as a sitting duck false flag waiting to happen?

Just wait for the epic shitshow about to unfold. They'll sink that USS Impeccable just for openers (Korean War era minesweeper).

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:03 | 4347559 Carpenter1
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1914 indeed, ZH'ers could do a better job of bringing in the NWO than the "elites" who are nothing but a bunch of incomptent, inbred wannabes. Watching their methods has become predictable, boring. 

 

Guess it still works on the sheep tho, man, cant imagine being that stupid.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:41 | 4347373 Freddie
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Somebody help me here.  After we left Vietnam about 1980 or so - didn't China enter Vietnam with troops and tehy got their asses kicked by the Vietnamese?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_War

Found it.   Yeah it was China trying to keep Vietnam out of Cambodia and China was not happy that Vietnam was buddying up with the USSR. The Vietnamese were also claiming the Spratlys.

These ****ing Asian peoples wear me out.  Hard enough to keep track of all of MIC/NWO's USSA wars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoCZviOodTM

The word was Vietnam kicked China's asshole.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:42 | 4347375 Seize Mars
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Good one Freddie, nice observation

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:57 | 4347400 PacOps
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We left Nam mid '75 (I left at the end of '72). Yes - the Viets kicked China's ass as they have multiple times over the past several thousand years.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_invasions_of_Vietnam

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 06:02 | 4347673 aleph0
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"The word was Vietnam kicked China's asshole."

 

"Viet" comes from the Chinese word "Yueh" ... the name for the "old" Southern half of China

2K+ years ago, the Viets were part of Southern China.

FWIW

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:42 | 4347376 willwork4food
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Well shit. San Francisco just lost which took out $70 from my local economy and makes me want to hang a few referees.

Now what were you saying about wW3?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:51 | 4347593 syntaxterror
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Worst officiating I've ever seen in a game. Last week, Carolina was the victim.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 07:43 | 4347712 samcontrol
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jajaj, I have seen way worse,
games are rigged,

After that lousy non fumble call...
Do you really think that fumble was really a funble. please .. some douch on Spanish fox actually said. it was a "higher" justice.

Super Bowl prediction... Manning retires one way or the other. (he wins,, they break his neck(again)).

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 08:48 | 4347764 kralizec
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Going to be better scripted than pro wrestling...

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:44 | 4347378 Goldilocks
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:50 | 4347392 Colonel Klink
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We're off to the submarine races in Asia.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=submarine%20races

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:51 | 4347395 Dr. Engali
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Yawn.... Wake me when China starts claiming American territories......oh wait:

China's Newest City: We Call It 'Detroit'

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonchang/2013/12/08/chinas-newest-city-we...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:09 | 4347562 Kirk2NCC1701
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Dear China,  I'll let you conquer US soil one Detroit property at a time.

Have nice rentals to sell:  good condition, paying tennants.  Will sell LLCs that own them free & clear 100%.  Will accept a mix of CNY, Pandas and BTC.  Call Kirk at his 'handle' on hushmail.  Shay shay nee.

Kirk out.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:51 | 4347396 Seize Mars
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By the way, I wish this was OT, but it isn't really:

Here is some protesting in Kiev, with two riot cops getting their brains beaten in by the mob:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5B3I9lDFAA

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:38 | 4347455 Trucker Glock
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"Stop swingin' the bat.  Put the bat down, Wendy.  Wendy, give me the bat."

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:45 | 4347523 Hubbs
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I like you Lloyd. You are the best goddamned bartender from Timbuktu to Portland Maine, or Portland Oregon for that matter.

 

Thank-you for saying so Mr Torrance.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:10 | 4347424 Stuck on Zero
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Practice the Solomon solution and the problem will be solved.  Drop several hundred smart mines around the islands and no-one will get them for the next ten years,

 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:19 | 4348014 Element
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A weak and poor country like Philippines is going to have to start thinking more like Hezbollah (or even Iran) if they want to deter an aggressive overbearing naval and air power breathing down their necks. Hezbollah aligned with the right strategic and cultural allies, developed practical realistic and effective tactics against major units, then obtained the right weapons, training and intelligence to make it work. Philippines also need to do a lot of work on their diplomatic linkages and their effectiveness. Certainly the Vietnamese can partner with them, very effectively, as can others.

These states would also be very unwise to rely on western powers to come to their aid, or to ultimately bail them out. In strategic conflicts your friendly savior often becomes your regretful and apologetic betrayer, or worse, simply unavailable when needed, even to act as a deterrent or a stabilizer.

Australia found that same thing out about the former British superpower Allies during WWII. They were quite useless. Fortunately the US had setup and goaded Japan to attack, so that they could defeat them and take the entire Pacific.

China is finally trying to get a foothold in the Pacific, but they'll find the same thing as Japan did, that the US will hold it, or else take it back. As broke and financially as well as socially ruined as the US is today, they were a financial social basket-case in 1933 as well, as were the British. But that didn't matter in 1945, so China should be very careful as I don't think they're being very realistic.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:23 | 4347436 chump666
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Like a bad comedy:

America and Capitan Screwball...could set it off any-day. Now if we got this problem, can you imagine the Chinese and Japanese military trigger happy crazies?  Frightening.

WASHINGTON — The “missileers” who oversee America’s land-based nuclear arsenal were once seen as the tip of the spear for the US military during the tense days of the Cold War. But now the crews face questions about their discipline, their professionalism and even the rationale for their job. Revelations this week that missile launch officers cheated on a proficiency exam — the latest in a stream of embarrassing incidents — has put the spotlight on a force that has posed a recurring headache to commanders for years. After announcing 34 officers had been suspended over the cheating at Malmstrom base in Montana, Air Force leaders called the scandal “unacceptable” and vowed to rectify the problem. But concerns about declining standards in the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force are nothing new.

and:

In recent months, two senior commanders have been sacked for misbehavior, including the head of the ICBM force after he went on a drunken bender in a trip to Russia.

In October, officials said missile officers were caught twice failing to close the blast doors on their bunkers, violating a strict security rule. And authorities say crew members are under criminal investigation for illegal drug possession.

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140119/DEFREG02/301190031/Nuclear-M... 

And we in a cold war now!

 


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:03 | 4347474 Colonel Klink
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That really sucks!  My dad was one of the original missileers out of Sembach Germany.  Sad to see such an important role falling to such depths.

http://www.sembachmissileers.org/

There some pretty cool history and pics on the site.  Yes my father is in a few of the pics, no I won't point him out for obvious reasons.

PS - The NSA can lick my balls.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:44 | 4347521 chump666
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That is wild that your dad was a missileer!  Fascinated with cold war history.

Thanks for the link.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 02:34 | 4347528 Colonel Klink
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I've always thought it was cool.  I posted on here several weeks ago, that my German grandfather was an AA gunner on Hitler's train too.  All sorts of interesting history in my family.

My father was also a paul bearer for the astronauts that died in the Apollo I fire.  He was part of the honor guard who loaded them at the air station in Florida before being sent to their families.

EDIT:  Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 08:14 | 4347731 mvsjcl
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I remember watching Dr. Paul Bearer on channel 44 out of St. Pete when I was a kid. Creature Feature, I think. Thanks for the memory, Col.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:05 | 4348079 Colonel Klink
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LOL, damn I even looked up the spelling trying to get it right.  Eff me running!

Pall-bearer, what do I know.  I was 1 month old when it happened.  Guess that excuse doesn't work for the the misspelling.  Damn!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:28 | 4347443 Trucker Glock
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China is building a fighting force of extra-ordinary magnitude.  We have their gratitude.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:37 | 4347454 gwar5
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Philipines are outmatched but I wouldn't underestimate them. They've been in shooting scrapes with Muslims for a couple of decades now and they have a gun culture with relatively low crime. Armed guards are everywhere except the dry cleaners. China will win but concessions may have to be given.

I wish China would up their game and dispute some islands with the Norks. That would be a good one.

 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:50 | 4347477 Spungo
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Why is everyone concerned? Isn't China's military equipment made in China? I wouldn't be surprised if their nuclear weapons cured cancer instead of causing it.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 00:59 | 4347487 Trucker Glock
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China exports their junk to us.  I think their weaponry is higher quality than the typical import desk lamp.  Norinco makes some good small arms.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:38 | 4347518 Hubbs
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I remember readng an article about a torture test comparison bewteen a Norinco knock off  vs the real Springfield M1A 20 years ago.

Springfield wrote the publisher asking about a contest. The publisher said sure, we'll do it, but here are the rules:

 

1.) We the publisher will buy the guns from our own gun stores anonomously.We don't want Springfield or Norinco sending us a ringer instead  of what the public would buy.

2.) The results of the test would be published, no matter who won.

3.) The publisher would select it's shooters under controlled settings, tables side by side, shooting the same rate of fire, etc.

 

Springfield accepted these terms

 

After 10,000 rounds, magazine after magazine, and two dips in a 55 gallon drum of water to cool the rifle barell, the Springfield kept firing.  The Norinco clone failed after just a few hundred rounds. 467 I believe.

 

OOraah Springfield MIA!  What a magnificient, manly, rugged, beautiful firearm...I like it even better than the HK (Heckler and Koch) of which I also own several. (No offense HK).  But when someone asks me what firearm I would want if I could only have one, I would say "Make mine an M1A, caliber .308."

 

Forget the Chinese crap. It breaks out of the box. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 02:04 | 4347538 Trucker Glock
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Like my Springfield M1A also.  Wish it wasn't so fooking heavy.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:21 | 4347502 Lordflin
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China needs a war... so does the West. Only way for the thugs to remain in power... 50 trillion dollars printed amongst four currencies during the past twelve months, and the winner of the group at 18 trillion... the Chinese... How much longer before the world's major fiat currencies reach their true value, and then the fun really starts... No, war is the only way out...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:17 | 4347566 evernewecon
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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/06/08/2109821/video-climate-arctic...

 

http://www.futurity.org/radar-finds-swamp-under-antarctic-glacier/

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new...

 

 

Even as Beijing's choking on its

own smog?

 

Smog's supposedly actually much

reduced in L.A. vs. years ago.

 

Manila's certainly more vulnerable

looking.  Tokyo can always tow the

S.S. Fukushima to the Senkaku Islands.

 

 

I Think Only Mediation And

Cooperation Make 

Sense.

 

I Think A Mediator Can Be Ignored Or 

Seen As Flawed Or Naive.

There's A Protagonist In A 

Novel That's

Celebrated Precisely Because

He's Not Fully Likable, Not 

Self-Affirming.  That Can Apply

To A Mediator As Well.

America's Causing Doubts

Even At Home.

This Implies An Economics Of

Sociology, An Anti-Fragility

Or Group Think Of Nations, 

Though I Import Anti-Fragility

As I Use It In Economics--

Process Informed, Feeling 

It's Otherwise The Jungle

In Both Economics Or Social

Relations.

Democratically Based Nations

So Cooperating Would Be 

More Like The 6 Nations Of

The Iroquois 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRP8C2xpyEQ

(Additive to European philosophy.

Today the women would be on the

councils.)

 

Than Are The

Members Of The U.N., Whose

Representatives Come From

Economies That Are Often Not

Fully Committed To All Their

Citizens' Living Long And

Prospering.

The More Democracy, The

More Trust, The More 

Cooperation.   But Common

People Can See In Advance

They Need To Cooperate

And Save Their Habitat.

 

That Lack Of Sense Of 

Birthright Might Be Seen

Reflected In The Dances With

Wolves Scene Wherein Only

The New Inhabitants Killed

The Buffalo For Sport Alone.

 

 

The Natives Sensed Both

Birthright In Their Animal

Ecology And Even Their Own

Dependence On Its Long

Term Endurance.

How Much Easier That Must

Have Made Sharing That 

Sense Of Humble With Their

Neighbors.

The Next Generation May

Depend On Democracy,

A Shared Sense Of Humble,

And Cooperation Being 

Achieved Everywhere.

But That Would Immediately 

Obviate Spending The 

Equivalent Of $Trillions

Worldwide On Weaponry,

 With All Of It Available For

 Redirection Toward Saving Our 

Habitat And Feeding The 

World With Wholesome Food.

 

 

 

The Rwandans Are Using

Solar Energy To Power

 

http://www.gov.rw/The-Government-of-Rwanda-signs-8-5-MW-solar-energy-dea...

 

Ever More  Laptops For Their

 Kids.

http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-605/computing/rwanda...

 

http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-606/computing/ghana-...

 

http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-477/top-story/mali-s...

 

Compare Philadelphia:

http://citypaper.net/article.php?College-applications-suffer-under-Phill...

 

 

 

To Them Washington, Moscow,

Beijing, Ottawa, And Canberra

All Look Backward Staking 

Their Futures On A Commodity

Destroying The Habitat, And

Substantially Oligarchical

In The Case Of Certain Of

Them.  

But I Don't Think The Rancher

200 Miles From San Antonio's

The Problem.  

We Just Don't Need To Destroy

The Arctic Or Gulf Of Mexico Or

Go To War.   Australia Shouldn't

Destroy Its Own Great Barrier

Reef.

 

To Say It Makes Sense To 

Strategically Plan For Oil 

Access Simultaneously While

Geo-Engineering Is About As

Sensible As Saying The U.S.

And Its Real Estate Market

Are In The Midst Of A Strong

Recovery In The Middle Of

QE, Let Alone Janet Yellen's

QE For However Much For 

However Long It Takes.

The Former's Just Oil Centric

While The Latter's Bank

Centric.

 

 

Suppose Chinese Urbandwellers

Say They Don't Need Sinopec

 (SHI) So Much, Anymore. 

They're Going To Go All

Copenhagen One Way Or The

Other.

 

http://www.copenhagenize.com/

 

http://momentummag.com/downloads/6796/download/bitblt-580x390-80efb4b9b7...

 

 

Suppose They Go To War To

Supply SHI Ever More Just

The Same.

Suppose SHI's Partly Run By

CP Cronies.

Suppose It's Decided Someday

The Yuan's Value's Partly

Dependent On The Ability Of 

China To Provide Not Just

SHI But CEO With Fuel To Sell

Internationally.

Then, It's Not Actually An 

Economic Process That's Centric

To The Full Population, Nor Is It

Reflective Of Democratically

Informed Economics, Because

Any Nation's Cities Would Benefit

From Not Seeing Their Nation 

Devote A Lot Of Resources To 

Weaponry Or Training Soldiers

 To Kill.  Their Quality Of Life 

Would Be Much Improved By 

Being More Like Copenhagen.

To Search For Oil By Destroying

One's Own Water Supply 

Is Also Not Logical From The

Democratic Viewpoint Of A

Full Population.

 

And Now, As If That Wasn't

Enough,  We've Already Sunk

Some Pacific Nations.

Our Demagogues Deny 

There's Global Warming.

Moscow And Ottawa Have 

Every Intention Of Quickly And

Methodically Destroying The

Arctic.

Even If You Live In San Antonio

And Have Family Living On 

A Ranch Receiving Royalties

A Couple Hundred Miles Away,

How's Destroying The Arctic

Supposed To Help You?

 

The less all the above happens,

the more valuable your oil is

until only renewables are needed.

 

 

 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:45 | 4347586 SilverFish
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You motherfucker, stop posting like a chimpanze.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:48 | 4347590 Colonel Klink
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Go choke on some carbon credits asshole.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:31 | 4348147 evernewecon
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To my own comment, which was a reply:

 

It Appears To Me While TPP

Combines Non-Democratic Controls

Within Participating Nations While

Purposely Excluding China.

 

(Disagrees with:)

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2013/05/24-china-transpaci...

 

That Resonates With Japan's

Fear For Energy Independence

Prior To WWII, Though Its

Embarkation On War At The

Time Plainly Appears Having

Had An Imperialist Aim Of Its

Own.

 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:38 | 4348170 MrButtoMcFarty
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Who invited the retard??

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:40 | 4347519 Spungo
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China is getting too crowded and running low on resources so we need to expand into the vast areas of Japan and Philippines. Herp derp.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:44 | 4347522 disabledvet
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Seems like a game of Chess...first Burma basically declares independence...then things get wobbly in the North with Japan...now the Spartly's again. The irony of course is that they've never had so much money with all those treasuries. They haven't really laid out a reason or rationale for heading East either. Most of the "build out" has been to the West..both towards Afghanistan and then North towards Russia.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:57 | 4347532 Caveman93
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They find Oil there? Japs had that in 39 ya know.

Hope their carrier"s" stay out of radar range from Pearl when they launch on us. 275 miles it is yes?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 02:15 | 4347543 Dr. Destructo
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Wait -I recognize that type of ship.

...High endurance cutters that the USCG uses? WTF? Maintaining those relics will be more costly than updating their weapon systems. Just taking a guess, but I think those two ships used to be The USCGC Dallas, and the USCGC Hamilton for any coasties that might be interested.

IMO they should of just gave them some Sprucans.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:23 | 4347572 Nobody For President
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With this many players and this many new toys, I have a feeling that someone in the field/ocean is gonna fuck the duck and things will get out of hand before the banksters can jump in and calm things down.

It cannot possibly end well.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 04:05 | 4347601 Joenobody12
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I dont want the job.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:47 | 4347588 syntaxterror
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Nice move Philippines, kicking out the USA. Not real bright are you?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:50 | 4347591 Colonel Klink
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Kinda gives new meaning to the term "Flip flop".

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 15:22 | 4348768 pupdog1
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My daddy had a front row seat from the bridge of his aircraft carrier in the Battle of Leyte Gulf--the largest naval engagement in history. He never felt the Flip Flops were ever particularly grateful for what we did for them.

We have been there and we have done that, and I don't think we need to do it again.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:50 | 4347592 the0ther
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Just hope very much that we don't have to go to bat for the Philippines or Taiwan. Now I see the reason why folks keep comparing our present time to the days before WWI.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 04:11 | 4347605 gosh
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meanwhile the front page of most US news organisations is the weather or the traffic jam in new jersey.  Bravo zerohedge for actually talking about the real front page news.  War is coming

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 06:01 | 4347672 Zwelgje
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"Also known as the West Philippine Sea." LOL!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 08:24 | 4347740 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Submarines will be bumping into each other all over the place, lol.

Let the fun begin.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 08:28 | 4347746 buzzsaw99
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ridicurous. i'm surprised they didn't draw a circle around australia too.

you couldn't belt your mama. [/fredo's girlfriend]

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:43 | 4347965 Element
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The nice thing about honking great aggressive naval fleets is they make great nuclear targets ... after the conventional weapons, of course. The Pentagon might be absolutely crap at small and limited warfare, but they will not be crap in a real war, with the gloves off. The US military is structured for one thing, overwelming smash against a big power. The PLA and PLAN have a very limited shelf-life if the generals and admirals are deluded enough to think they'll ever be allowed to get away with global or even regional armed territorial conquests. Unfortunately senior officers the world over always amplify war in the minds, because that is all they ever think about, so they inevitably try to control the political processes to drive towards increasing armed conflict. they have a hammer so everything looks like a nail. If the 'civil' govt in Beijing has any brains it'll put the PLA in its place, at this point, and insist the generals and admirals shutup their militating opinions, or retire.

 

 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:53 | 4348025 roadhazard
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I just can't see China wanting to spend trillions on military might when they have the US to be the policeman for them and they are already dominating the world economically. The only thing I can figure is they have a lot of cannon fodder taking up resources.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 14:11 | 4348574 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Thar's gold in them der islands.......Orwas.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:43 | 4350698 Archie1954
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Tell the truth, the so called International Court is totally Western oriented and would not provide a legitimate response to any case involving China. We know it and China knows it. The truth is that any problem in the area cannot be solved if the US is involved. Leave such problems to the parties interested in the matter. Is that such a terrible thing?

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