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    For Arms.

    You can probably count Clinton and Gates who pushed the War Games in the South China Sea last year.

    In my viepoint, the American Left is skizophernic on Foreign Policy with activist and isolationist wings, but the eonomic rise of China nearly gaurentees continued friction between them in East Asia. Add to that the tendancy of Americans to constantly question Chinese motives (or supply thier own answers) and Chinese paranoia about "Containment". Seems we have issues.

    I don't think you need to depend on Japanese Rightists who are unreliable in other ways; they punch above their weight on foreign policy but nobody likes them. The sentiments of the Japanese public have taken a big negative shift toward China in the past few years and the recent Fishing Boat Incident has driven a majority back toard alliance with the US and toward becoming a "Normal Nation". Add to that the growing dependancy of Japan on the Chinese market - where they face quite a bit of competition and compelled to invest more - and you get a mix that makes Japanese people uneasy. It is an aging, shrinking nation that is less confident and at present consumed with domestic politics (as it should be) so I'd say this shift is permanent.

    Give Peace a Chance?  I think the conflicts are bulit-in and some degree of accomodation is good, but again, I don't have any illusions about the mixed sentiments and interests of the Taiwanese people.

    I read an interesting article that sparked a response ariticle and debate on Foreign Relations the first titled (I think) "The Finlanization of Taiwan". Give it a read, it is on their website. If not that site, maybe "The Far Eastern Economic Review" which has ceased publication but still has a website.

    So why not post a diary on this issue yourself? There are several groups related to Foreign Affairs including that named and my own US-China Bumper Car Club that are coalesing users with these interests. So far I'm pretty happy with the results of DK4, it really seems to be putting people with common interest toetger without the Balkinization predicted.

    I'd be very interested to read such a diary.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 06:55:54 PM PST

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      my expertise on that complicated and loaded an issue is not sufficient, in my opinion, to float and moderate a diary-length discussion. as hard as it is in practice, i'm trying to limit my time and effort here, so as to finally finish the ^$#! dissertation. i was actually planning on quitting cold turkey during the dk4 transition but then wisconsin and libya got interesting, so there goes that resolution.

      i agree though that the japanese right is not a terribly great or reliable ally. it's just the most reliable one for taiwan. mostly they're on their own, truth be told. to say nothing of clinton, whom i do not trust further than i could throw her. i've been pleased with the US getting smarter about following southeast asian governments' requests for help balancing china, rather than stomping in and being assholes about it. relative to america's track record on such things, it's pretty subtle, respectful foreign policy, and smart geopolitics (acting as restrained and invited counterbalance, not aggressive invader and colonizer).

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