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The letters FOIA in Maxsimals post stand for: Freedom of Information Act.
A system in the United Sates that allows ordinary citizens to ask in writing for release of documents held by governments on the local, state or national level.
Rick, its purely about wiggle room to back out of a completely unsolvable situation. War would decimate the economies of already faltering Asian economies.
China is holding on by a thread, with over 70,000 civil unrest incidents last year alone. If their exports stopped or the banking remittance through Taiwanese financial institutions ceased or foreign producers left the country and shut down the manufacturing facilities, civil unrest would be uncontrollable.
So I give you two choices, lose power in a civil uprising or unearth a lost document to let your nation back down from a school yard fight. Your choice, A or B.
Rick, my reasons are from a “face or Mianzi” prospective. Every country involved left themselves no room for backing down or changing their stance on ownership claims. If any of the three countries stepped back even 1/5th of 1/8 of a centimeter then the populace would direct its anger at the political establishment for letting down the nation.
Suddenly a document appears from thin air. Now there is stepping away and re-stancing space for all parties involved.
This is not a new issue between these countries I find it hard to believe they JUST discovered this document. For or against whoever’s claims, its strange on the timing.
Rick we are going to have to agree that we disagree.
I can only say one thing,
That document is probably as authentic as the birth certificate they created for the 12 year old gymnast at the 2008 Olympics, The Chinese are master document forgers, I wonder what other old documents will find their way out of the past to verify China’s claims to the ENTIRE South China Sea.
“Breaking News: China discovers document from 1655 that says the
entire world is China’s” But wait the ink on the document isn’t dry yet. After doing business in Chengdu and working for local companies in several cities in China, trust is difficult to come by, virtually non-existent!
I think letting images speak is the best thing, so here it goes:
Its official, afternoon news is that the small armada of Taiwanese fishing boats stocked with Taiwanese flags and protest banners are heading to the DiauYu islands in a few hours. The captains are assembling at the docks…..
I hope they bring fish back so it’s not a wasted trip.
Yes, the only Chinese aircraft carrier.
The latest from the Taiwan nightly wrap up. The one and only aircraft carrier that has the inclined launch ramp has supposedly turned around to head to the islands.
I shook my head and asked, does that thing even have any planes on it? Didnt that thing just go through sea trials?
Hi Rick in China,
The addition of fishing boats from Taiwan around the islands is to highlight more fish in the same shark infested ocean.
Forget the distance it’s about presence. Those boats are there to claim the islands for the country of Taiwan.
Here is a snippet from China Post in Taiwan,
TAIPEI–At least 100 Taiwanese fishing boats are expected to approach the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea in the coming days to protest against Japan’s occupation of the island group and harassment of fishermen around the islands.
“Our goal is to mobilize over 100 fishing boats to gather in the waters around the Diaoyutais,” Chen said.
He said the plan is for the participating vessels to circle the waters 12 nautical miles off the island group, which is administered by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
He also did not rule out the possibility that the boats will try to penetrate the defenses of Japanese patrol boats and land on the islets to raise the Taiwan flag in a show of protest.
It is estimated that the fishermen taking part in the protest will need at least NT$5 million (US$170,179) in fuel subsidies for their protest.
The association will shoulder NT$1.4 million of the cost, but members of committee will have to solicit donations to make up the shortfall.
So if the fishermen of Taiwan need extra funds to protest and the journey is three times shorter than vessels coming from China, I wonder how much China is subsidizing the Chinese fishermen?
Independent protests funded by the govt. Go team Go!
Peace and Love
Some news for those of you inside the firewall, here is the latest since a day and a half ago (I’m in Taiwan).
There are now 16 Chinese light destroyers and 4 maritime patrol vessels around the Diau Islands along with 100 Taiwanese missile cruisers and assorted escort ships and Japan also has thrown 80+ frigates and assorted ships. Add to this madness 1000+ fishing vessels from all three countries and you know that’s a volatile mix. All in the same space around a few rocks sticking out of the water.
On the biz front China is threatening to withhold 100% of it’s rare
earth mineral exports to Japan for 3C and electronic devices which
would instantly shut off the Japanese economy. Strange winds are
blowing, and all the citizens of all the falling economies of Asia are now distracted enough so they are not complaining about what is
happening at home. The distraction has let them forget falling wages,unemployment and the economic slowdown.
There is open internet in Taipei and its on the news morning, and evening. Their worry is not that the governments will start shooting at each other but some bone head nationalist fisherman from one of the three countries with an AK-47 on their fishing boat will fire on a military vessel.
Happy Thursday! Peace