Someone else's status quo

Wednesday, September 15 2004 @ 12:20 AM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto

When Wen Jiabao, alias "bu dao weng" (tumble doll) visited the U.S. last December, George W. Bush became the first president of the United States that had discouraged a democracy while encouraging a totalitarian regime by warning Chen Shui-bian that he wouldn't tolerate the "defensive referendum" Chen was planning for March on the grounds that it would destabilize the status quo in the region. At that time many neocons, including Robert Kagan and William Kristol said: "President Bush performed a kowtow that would have made Bill Clinton blush."

Although the Chen's plan to demand China to remove the 496 missiles aimed at Taiwan was aborted primarily because of the Bush's warning, he could make it clear that his island nation will never succumb to the rotten empire across the Taiwan Strait.

What about Japan's leadership? It's always on the swallowing side of someone else's status quo. A couple of examples follow:

1) In January this year the Asahi Shimbun part of the International Herald Tribune - Asahi carried an oped in which Susumu Saito, a director of an independent think tank, discussed the future perspective of the Japan-China relationship. He argued to the effect: "Only a paranoiac will insist there is a certain possibility that someday China starts to overtly threaten Japan, saying it won't hesitate to launch some of the missiles that have been in place there for decades now". He is right, as far as Koizumi and his successors are ready to keep kowtowing to China forever.

2) Across the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) between the two nations, China has been exerting an all-out effort to establish its vested rights on the Chunxiao gas field that lies just off the disputed Diaoyu Islands, or Senkaku Shoto. According to the June 9, 2004 issue of the Daily Yomiuri, Japan hadn't even conducted wildcat drilling to date"to avoid provoking China."

These are exactly how Japanese leaders let things drift until they end up on the swallowing side of someone else's vested rights and status quo.

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