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Japan Scrambles Jets In Response To Chinese Military Planes

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Just in case the world did not have enough potential geopolitical flashpoints and near-crises, here comes old faithful - the simmering nationalist rivalry between China and Japan, which may have been pushed to the backburner in light of the grand return of Cold War 2.0, but is neither forgotten nor resolved. In fact, recent developments which have seen Japan fully back the US strategy in Ukraine while China has voiced its support for Russia, will probably only enflame the direct tension between the two Asian superpowers. Moments ago we got the latest manifestation of precisely this when Japan scrambled military jets on Sunday to counter three Chinese military planes that flew near Japanese airspace, defence officials said.

From SCMP:

One Y-8 information gathering plane and two H-6 bombers flew over the East China Sea, travelling in international airspace between southern Japanese islands and went to the Pacific Ocean before returning towards China on the same route on Sunday morning, according to a spokesman at the Joint Staff of the Ministry of Defence.


“They flow above public seas, and there was no violation of our airspace,” he said, declining to release more details about the incident.


Japan and China are locked in a bitter territorial row over islands in the East China Sea administered by Japan as the Senkaku Islands, but which China calls the Diaoyu Islands.


Chinese government ships and planes have been seen off the disputed islands numerous times since Japan nationalised them in September 2012, sometimes within the 12 nautical-mile territorial zone.

And then there was the curious case of Libya which threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. Because obviously the Mediterranean is far too boring with Greece and Italy now fixed.


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Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:27 | 4527820 Flakmeister
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Cue the neo-cons....

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:39 | 4527862 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Cue Flakmeister to explain how global warming caused Japan to scramble jets.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:49 | 4527899 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Exercise all due caution. Flak has a shelf of library books and won't hesitate to remind you.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:27 | 4527997 General Decline
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A shelf full of library books?!?! That's the nuclear option when it comes to debate. There exists no argument against that.

Damn you Flak! You're unbeatable!

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:54 | 4528060 Flakmeister
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I got about 10 minutes now... Wanna go a few rounds?

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:04 | 4528091 narapoiddyslexia
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Does anyone see the dance Russia and China are performing, together. They have each other's back. China will grab the South China Sea, Russia will grab all or a large part of Ukraine.

The South China Sea may be dicier for China than Crimea is for Russia, but the Chinese will throw more weight into it.

Stay tuned.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:13 | 4528114 Flakmeister
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Putin is only trying to clumsily grab what he let slip through his fingers...

As for China, remind me of what fraction of their oil passes through the Strait of Malacca? The Chinese are currently more dependent on ME oil than the US ever was....

The Chinese have no ability to project power to secure the sea lanes which they critically rely on. And they know it...

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:18 | 4528123 SWRichmond
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Watching.  Dance partners indeeed.

I'm surprised the US would push this issue at this time.  What happens to USD when the world perceives that American hegemony has ended?  Petro-dollar collapse?  Print-tastic Fed?  Dollars rushing back to US?  No more "risk-free" Treasuries?  investment standard?  Asset repricing, and all at once?  No more global power for the Fed over interest rates, or anything else?

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:28 | 4528151 Kayman
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Taken your annual vacation to the arctic this winter to assess personally what you like to blather about ? No need to pack ice-cubes for your G and T.

Heading to China to tell them to stop their unchecked pollution ?  Don't want to be found floating down the Yantze face down ?

Then you can't be taken seriously.


Sun, 03/09/2014 - 16:18 | 4528264 Flakmeister
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Are you refering to the same arctic ice that recently hit a record minimum for this time of year?


Sun, 03/09/2014 - 17:14 | 4528387 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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My up vote. Have you seen the Wizard of Oz?

I have this image of you saying that with a lisp and your fists curled backward.

There is no Wizard in Fight Club, you gotta fight with what you brung.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:51 | 4528052 Flakmeister
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You are just like a court jester....

Playing for greenies from the peanut gallery while your master discusses matters of state...

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:25 | 4528143 TheFourthStooge-ing
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You know, Flak, even though your online persona is arrogant and abrasive, on matters of energy extraction, oil production flow rates, and EROI I usually find myself in agreement with you.

Having said that, I also find the opinions you express on foreign policy about as credible as abiotic oil. When you walk into a room with a "Kick Me" sign on your back, you really shouldn't be surprised by the results.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:51 | 4528210 Flakmeister
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I'm all ears, explain why I am wrong...

No one here has even come close....


If anyone had said 10 years ago that Putin would be using hamfisted tactics to secure his influence in the home of the Russian Black Sea fleet since 1783, they would have been laughed out of the room...

And yet that is exactly what he is doing...

His Ukrainian puppet Yanukovych, no doubt handpicked, demonstrated complete incompetence in running the Ukraine. All the Ukrainians have to do is look at the Poles to see how far they have fallen behind. Twenty five years ago, they did not have a pot to piss in betweent the two them, now the GDP per capita in Poland is roughly 300% greater...

And if spending $5 billion over ~24 years really toppled the Ukraine, then somebody was asleep at the wheel. For perspective that $5 billion is 100 days of Ukr. gas pipeline revenue and represents a small fraction of Putin's net worth...


BTW, I use the same careful type of measured analysis and study in arriving at my positions on energy as I do for geopolitics and climate science...

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 18:03 | 4528535 MsCreant
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So what is Poland doing to amp the GDP? And should they amp it that way in light of where we are with global energy reserves? And should Ukraine really want to do the same?

Ukraine would do well to break away from both so called "sides." Go Icelandic (except that is a myth too). No such luck. Everyone is in the energy web now and no one is even considering putting on the consumption brakes.

I think one can do energy a lot easier than they can do geopolitics. You can't have your perception of "how much fossil fuel is left" distorted in the same way you can politics. The study of politics is the study of history. The winner always gets to write that one. Fossil fuel is more or less math, it is there or it ain't, it is being drained at x rate or y rate. Folks can lie about those things too, but there is a lot more room for emotions and lying in geopolitics.

None of us know what the fuck is going on, including the players. Even a well thought out conspiracy can go south.


Sun, 03/09/2014 - 22:05 | 4529232 Flakmeister
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I am not saying what is right and what is wrong in this game...

I am only reading the tea leaves....


Part of it is Poland did not suffer from the kleptocracy that Ukr. did....  

Ukraine is the prize of the Heartland, it will not be allowed to go alone. Iceland is small island in the middle of the North Atlantic... Not exactly comparable...

Energy and geopolitics are tied at the hip... 

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:50 | 4527909 USA USA
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I am SO HAPPY that this piece of dog crap country (ussa), with it's moronic leadership (if you can find it on 24/7/365 vacation) fixed the worlds problems!!!

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:14 | 4527961 sixsigma cygnus...
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I'm thinking if all this stuff blows up, climate change will become less of an issue and TPTB will jump straight to a war tax.  All they were ever looking for was a new acceptable reason to increase taxes.  And GS gets to set up a war futures exchange with a nice little spread.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:53 | 4527922 Dollarmedes
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Part of me feels sorry for the Japanese having to agree with a clown like Obama. The US position on Ukraine is clearly ridiculous, but Japan needs big brother's backup against China.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:54 | 4528062 RafterManFMJ
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Part of me feels sorry for the Japanese having to agree with a clown like Obama

In the speech, since broadcast on Japanese television, Japanese Prime Minister's Yasuhiro Nakasone said:

"The level of Japanese society far surpasses that of the United States. There are many blacks, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans in the United States whose average level is extremely low."

Hee Hee Hee

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:05 | 4528092 Flakmeister
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Part of me feels very sorry for the children of the Hedgetards...

Growing up in an environment that worships ignorance does not bode well for their future...

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 18:15 | 4528554 MsCreant
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You must not have children.  Or you feel sorry for your own kid(s). You sir, are a Hedgetard too. 3 years, 50 weeks.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:28 | 4527823 Seasmoke
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This will be the Main Event. 

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:30 | 4527831 Skateboarder
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It's all theater, until the first bullet/bomb/nuke kills a man/neighborhood/city.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:12 | 4527967 disabledvet
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So far as the "human race" we have been very lucky.
All it takes is one shot and suddenly "it's war everywhere."

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:42 | 4527873 Oquities
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"Wars and rumors of wars."  Perhaps WWIII will actually be World WarS III, a series of conflicts - Japan vs China, Israel vs Iran, NATO vs Russia, Korea vs Libya, India vs Pakistan, you vs me.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:09 | 4527960 remain calm
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Gold vs Fiat currency

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:58 | 4528077 RafterManFMJ
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RafterMan vs case of Sam Adams

I got this.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:54 | 4527929 stant
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yep ,sometime after oct

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:30 | 4527830 MsCreant
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Now we have a party. Russia faces off with us, and China gets to go after what it wants while we are distracted. One of the two will get what they want. 

Old fashioned game of RISK.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:45 | 4527881 Oldballplayer
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Then we should be watching for Australia. You have to hold Australia to win are Risk.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:49 | 4527901 Smegley Wanxalot
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another way of guaranteeing a win at Risk is to play obama.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:25 | 4527992 WOAR
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The real trick is to infect Madagascaar in Pandemic 2.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 15:10 | 4528101 RafterManFMJ
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It's the strangest thing about playing Risk back in the day - no matter how beleaguered my position, if I held Afghanistan, my enemies would often break themselves on it.

I'd roll boxcars after boxcars.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:30 | 4527832 FieldingMellish
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Good time to slam PMs then. Nothing says safety like a good slam to prop up the Pig.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:31 | 4527833 skwid vacuous
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Ho Lee Fuk

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:32 | 4527837 Atomizer
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Another Military exercise. There are sites you can visit to confirm this. Relax lemmings.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:33 | 4528010 Atomizer
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see reply below

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:34 | 4527840 A Lunatic
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Bankster Wars 3.0, the Unicornless Edition.......

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:35 | 4527847 glaucon was right
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There are so many black swans flying around, I cannot even count them anymore...

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:49 | 4527893 skwid vacuous
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Yet the vix will be monkey hammered lower at some point tomorrow for another equity squeeze fest. wash rinse repeat.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:15 | 4527973 glaucon was right
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The VIX is a black swan too...

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:45 | 4527882 Uber Vandal
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Perhaps the crow and seagull attacking the Pope's doves of peace were a clue as to what is coming......



Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:46 | 4527883 Smegley Wanxalot
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Dammit China, obama is trying to enjoy a month of golfing in the Keys.  Don't you realize you can't disturb the King like this?

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:48 | 4527892 Rising Sun
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Japan should have blown those fucking Chinese planes out of the sky.



Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:49 | 4527903 Silverhog
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They must feel left out. About time for North Korea to hold another parade of 1950's trucks with exploding missiles. 

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:53 | 4527918 beavertails
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The USSA on the same side as the ones that bombed Pearl Harbor and the only country that likes getting nuked by others and themselves.  FK Great!

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:59 | 4527946 wjkins
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I thought the germans bombed Pearl Harbor ..time for a toga ?

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:14 | 4527971 Wile-E-Coyote
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This is all BS, the Russians used  to regular as clock work fly bombers up to UK airspace to be challenged by UK fighter interceptors who told them to FO.


Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:19 | 4527978 Chuck Knoblauch
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Is China trying to ruin the Queen's vacation? I really don't think the Queen cares about America. I hope someone does. The Queen and the media are on the same script.

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