Japan bracing for Chinese threat

(h/t Instapundit):

Defense plan prepared for remote islands

The plan calls for a dispatch of 55,000 troops from the Ground Self-Defense Force as well as planes, warships and submarines from the main islands in the event the remote islands are attacked.

Scary, the article being "a leak" or not (see the link Glenn Reynolds is providing). The EU doesn't seem to worry:

The EU embargo on arms exports to China is likely to be lifted in the next six months despite US objections, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said.

When the world bends over for the French and the Germans ... .

05:48 Gepost door Flint | Permalink | Commentaren (5) |  Facebook |


arms ban The BBC article says: "In December, the EU pledged to work towards lifting the ban but said it was not ready to do so yet."

That is a tad too vague; I always understood France and Germany were pushing the issue in the Commission as well as in the Parliament, but that the Parliament as a whole had ruled out the lifting of the ban some three (?) months ago. How can Straw talk like it's a fait accompli when Parliament has vetoed it?

From f*cking hypocrites like Chirac and Schroeder I can understand, but Straw?

Gepost door: The Outlaw Michael Cosyns | 19-01-05

[off- topic] Michael, since when are you posting on a blog?! You always signed with your e-mail!

Gepost door: Flint | 23-01-05

since one year Since december 2003. For some reason I took an intense interest in OIF (well, let's say that I consider it as the greatest political event nowadays globally). All summer and autumn of 2003 long, I checked out the news on Iraq (btw, during that period I also found your blog, but at first I thought you were an American expat). Then in November I noticed that Zeyad started his blog, followed soon by The Mesopotamian, ITM, Ays etc... On these blogs I learned to know Kerry Dupont from Downeast. She asked me to write some stuff on the EU and current Euro issues from time to time. Kerry was a small business owner then, but since some ten months she works for Spirit of America. Back in November she toured the States with two Iraqi bloggers, Omar and Mohammed Fadhil from ITM. They have even been in the White House!

The Iraqi blogosphere is thriving. There's an awful lot of blogs now. I'd say that about 65-70% are pro-US. You get tons of interesting info on them. I don't know how close you follow the events in Iraq, but for instance, when al-Sadr occupîed the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf back in August, leading Shiite clerics wrote a letter to Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader in Lebanon, basically excusing the Americans for their military actions. Over here, when you read nothing but our newspapers, you'd have gotten the impression that the Najafis were disgusted with the US troops. In fact it was 100% the other way round!

Let's say that I agree with LVB on the US, Bush and its policy. It's not that I don't see the flaws or that there should not be criticism. There should be from time to time; there are major screwups. But, the amount of negative coverage is so immense and so baffling that I made out for myself that some overkill the other way round wouldn't harm.

Gepost door: The Outlaw Michael Cosyns | 23-01-05

Hear hear!! ... ... to all of the above!

On your bloglife however: next time let us know a bit earlier about your writings, puhleeese!!! ;))

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