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Thursday, January 2, 2014

1914 vs. 2014

Quite a few articles I have read recently comparing Europe of 1914 to the Pacific of 2014. China is a growing country, and it's being aggressive with neighboring countries on territorial issues. Some have characterized it as bullying. Germany before World War 1 had the world's leading universities, the strongest industries, and strong banks. World War 1 was started by a small incident, that was blown up through secret treaties and alliances. Could such an incident happen between the US and China in the Pacific?

My opinion, and hope is no. China and the US do not want war. It would be a lose lose situation for both sides. But, China's nationalism is rising, and there is a lot of determination within China that China will never again be humiliated, as it was with the Opium Wars, foreign spheres of influence , Japanese invasion of China, and the Boxer Rebellion Reparations to name a few.

2014: Good Year for a Great War? - The National Interest

China's Risky Flirtation With Military Adventurism - WSJ

Behind Japan's new military plans: China, nationalism, or both? - The Christian Science Monitor

Why Is China Feared? Resurgence, Pride and Uncertainty  - Huffington Post

How I Lost the Battle of the South China Sea - War is boring

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should listen to the 当那一天来临 War song of the People's Liberation Army - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5q4cL9qZQI

The PLA is determined to fight back and fight hard. I doubt they would to be seen historically as sell-outs and weaklings to the enemy.

January 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Ray Ritchey said...

English Translation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Anthem_of_the_People%27s_Liberation_Army

January 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM  

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