Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.US Paving the Way for Massive First Strike on North Korea Nuclear and Missile Infrastructure - Nadeem_Walayat
2.Trump Reset: US War With China, North Korea Nuclear Flashpoint - Video - Nadeem_Walayat
3.Silver Junior Mining Stocks 2017 Q2 Fundamentals - Zeal_LLC
4.Soaring Inflation Plunges UK Economy Into Stagflation, Triggers Government Pay Cap Panic! - Nadeem_Walayat
5.The Bitcoin Blueprint To Your Financial Freedom - Sean Keyes
6.North Korea 'Begging for War', 'Enough is Enough', is a US Nuclear Strike Imminent? - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Bitcoin Hits All-Time High and Smashes Through $5,000 As Gold Shows Continued Strength - Jeff_Berwick
8.2017 is NOT "Just Another Year" for the Stock Market: Here's Why - EWI
9.Gold : The Anatomy of the Bottoming Process - Rambus_Chartology
10.Bitcoin Falls 20% as Mobius and Chinese Regulators Warn - GoldCore
Last 7 days
Stocks, Gold, Dollar, Bitcoin Markets Analysis - 23rd Sep 17
How Will We Be Affected by a Series of Rate Hikes? - 23rd Sep 17
Fed Quantitative Tightening Impact on Stocks and Gold - 22nd Sep 17
Bitcoin & Blockchain: All Hype or Part of a Financial Revolution? - 22nd Sep 17
Pensions and Debt Time Bomb In UK: £1 Trillion Crisis Looms - 22nd Sep 17
Will North Korea Boost Gold Prices? Part I - 22nd Sep 17
USDJPY Leads the way for a Resurgent Greenback - 22nd Sep 17
Day Trading Guide for Dummies - 22nd Sep 17
Short-Term Uncertainty, As Stocks Fluctuate Along Record Highs - 21st Sep 17
4 Reasons Gold is Starting to Look Attractive as Cryptocurrencies Falter - 21st Sep 17
Should Liners Invest in Shipping Software Solutions and Benefits of Using Packaged Shipping Software - 21st Sep 17
The 5 Biggest Bubbles In Markets Today - 20th Sep 17
Infographic: The Everything Bubble Is Ready to Pop - 20th Sep 17
Americans Don’t Grasp The Magnitude Of The Looming Pension Tsunami That May Hit Us Within 10 Years - 20th Sep 17
Stock Market Waiting Game... - 20th Sep 17
Precious Metals Sector is on Major Buy Signal - 20th Sep 17
US Equities Destined For Negative Returns In The Next 7 Years - 3 Assets To Invest In Instead - 20th Sep 17
Looking For the Next Big Stock? Look at Design - 20th Sep 17
Self Employed? Understanding Business Insurance - 19th Sep 17
Stock Market Bubble Fortunes - 19th Sep 17
USD/CHF – Verification of Breakout or Further Declines? - 19th Sep 17
Blockchain Tech: Don't Say You Didn't Know - 19th Sep 17
The Fed’s 2% Inflation Target Is Pointless - 19th Sep 17
How To Resolve the Korean Conundrum  - 19th Sep 17
A World Doomed to a Never Ending War - 19th Sep 17
What is Backtesting? And Why You Need Backtesting System? - 19th Sep 17
These Two Articles Debunk The Biggest Financial Nonsense I See In The Media - 18th Sep 17
Bitcoin Price Crash 40% In 3 Days Underlining Gold’s Safe Haven Credentials - 18th Sep 17
The Sum of Risks – Global, Strategic, Political, and Financial - 18th Sep 17
The Netflix Of Canada’s Cannabis Boom - 18th Sep 17
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: Either You Learn From The Events Of The Past Week, Or You Are Hopeless - 18th Sep 17
SPX 2500 … At Last! - 18th Sep 17
Inflation Lies, Lies and OMG More Lies - 18th Sep 17
How to Choose right Forex Trader? - 18th Sep 17
Who Has Shaped the World the Most? The Dozen Greatest Achievers - 17th Sep 17
Riding the ‘Slide’: Is This What the Next Stocks Bear Market Looks Like? - 17th Sep 17
Gold Up, Markets Fatigued As War Talk Boils Over - 17th Sep 17
Predicting the Future of the U.S. and the World - 16th Sep 17
Deceit in the Financial Food Chain - 16th Sep 17
Gold GLD ETF Investment Resuming - 16th Sep 17
Extreme Weather & Energy Markets: What's Next? - Video - 15th Sep 17
Trump’s Path to IP Wars - 15th Sep 17
GBP USD Approaches Fibonacci Target - 15th Sep 17
Higher US Interest Rates May Force Higher Inflation Rates - 15th Sep 17
Stock Market Investors: Taking the Road "Less Traveled" Has Its Perks - 15th Sep 17
The 3 Best P2P Lending Platforms For Investors In 2017—Detailed Analysis - 15th Sep 17
The US Debt Bubble Will Soon Warrant Serious Measures - 15th Sep 17
Why it is Often Difficult to Sell a House Fast - 15th Sep 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

3 Videos + 8 Charts = Opportunities You Need to See - Free

A Third Sino Japanese War?

Politics / GeoPolitics Sep 19, 2010 - 07:21 PM GMT

By: Static_Chaos

Politics

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor centuries, the relationship between China and Japan may be best described as tense to turbulent with two Sino-Japanese wars all within the last century or so. The accord between the two neighboring Asian countries has progressed in recent years with official visits, trade pact and joint venture agreements.


Fishing Boat Incident & Border Dispute

However, the fuse was lit again this month when Japan seized a Chinese fishing boat near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea and the subsequent arrest of the captain. Japan government believes he intentionally rammed two Japanese vessels during a high-seas chase on September 7.



The islands in dispute--called Diaoyu in China, Senkaku in Japan-- are also claimed by Taiwan. They are uninhabited, but believed to have oil and gas deposits, and on rich fishing grounds.

This has escalated to the worst tensions in years between the top two economies in Asia. Beijing is furious, and had summoned Tokyo's ambassador five times in a week while scrapping talks over a joint energy exploration project in the East China Sea.

An Eerie Reminder of The 9-18 Incident

September 18th History Museum
in Shenyang, China (via Wikipedia)
Curiously, either by coincidence or by orchestration, this fish boat/border incident is an eerie reminder of the 9-18 Incident. The 9-18 Incident (九•一八事變) or the Shenyang Incident (瀋陽事變), is mostly referred to as the Mukden, or Manchurian Incident by the West and Japan.

For people unfamiliar with this part of the world history, the 9-18 Incident was a border dispute escalated into a military conflict between China and Japan on Sep. 18, 1931. 

The 9-18 Incident took place near Shenyan City in Northern China, when the Imperial Japanese Army accused the Chinese of bombing a section of railroad owned by a Japanese company.  It resulted in Japan taking over all major cities in three provinces of Northern China and setting up the puppet state by the Last Emporer of China - PuYi.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 is its 79th anniversary.

Currency War Already Waged


Actually, the fuse between the two countries was already getting shorter when China started buying Samurai bonds this year heading for a record annual increase. This propped up the yen, at a time when Japan--70% export dependent--is struggling with a slowing growth and a decade-long deflation.

In an article dated Sep. 9, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported Japan’s government said it will seek discussions with China over the record purchases of Japanese bonds.

However, instead of a discussion, Japan initiated its first unilateral yen intervention in six years on Sep. 15. The surprise move immediately sent the US dollar, and the dollar-pegged Chinese yuan higher.

Network Hacking War – Not Yet

With the fish boat border dispute erupting so close to the anniversary of the 9-18 Incident, emotions are running high in China (as well as in Taiwan.)  In addition to organized protests around mainland China, both Chinese and Japanese media reported Honker Union of China ((中國红客) had called on its members for a mass network attack of Japanese government sites.

Honker Union of China was formed in 2001 after a group of hackers brought down thousands of US websites in response to the collision of a US spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea. The group is believed to have 12,000 members.

Some were anticipating a big showdown between the Chinese and Japanese hackers. However, China Hush reported that it was apparently a rumor as Honker Union of China posted a public notice on its web site denying a planned mass hacking attack against Japan.

(English translation courtesy of China Hush)

"The real war on the networks has no smoke and fire....Any attack will be executed silently, rather than vigorously promoting it.”

China Hush also noted “Some said the rumor actually came from Japanese media, and it was deliberately reported to make China look bad…” Again, eerily similar to the Shenyang Incident seventy-nine years ago, where most believe the railroad sabotage was staged by Japan as a pretext for war.

History Repeating Itself?

The 9-18 Incident, which started not that differently from the recent tussles between China and Japan, is generally considered as the event officially unveiled the Second Sino-Japanese War (抗日戰爭) from 1937 to 1945, a very sad and cruel chapter of China's history, which has remained mostly very little mentioned and grossly under-represented in the Western and Japanese versions of the history book.    

One would think Japan has enough on its economic front and would try very hard not to risk provoking China, which is an entirely different country from that of 79 years ago.  But as the old saying goes, history tends to repeat itself with a short memory. The difference is that today’s interconnected world has made a full-blown actual military assault between two countries a less likely scenario.

Rather, the war between countries will be fought through currency and/or other monetary instruments, and stealth tech as intimated by the Honker Union’s message.

By Static Chaos

http://static-chaos.blogspot.com

© 2010 Copyright Statoc Chaos- All Rights Reserved
Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2017 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife