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« Reply #105 on: March 31, 2022, 06:45:42 pm »
Also, many Indians are apprehensive of China because of alleged "Han supremacy".

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« Reply #106 on: April 01, 2022, 11:07:33 pm »
Japan calls Russia's South Kuril Islands 'illegally occupied'
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The Japanese authorities have reinstated the formulation about the status of South Kuril Islands. These islands are "are an inalienable part of Japan and are currently illegally occupied by Russia."
https://english.pravda.ru/news/world/150932-japan_russia_kurils/

Clash between Japan and Russia looms as Tokyo steps up Kuril Island claims: ‘Russian Army is illegal occupier’
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will now call the Kuril Islands a part of Japan occupied by the Russian Federation, Kyodo, the Japanese media informs.
— Svidomi (@Svidomi_En) March 31, 2022
https://www.cityam.com/clash-between-japan-and-russia-looms-as-tokyo-steps-up-kuril-island-claims-russian-army-is-illegal-occupier/


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“The Northern Territories belong to Japan. They are the territory on which Japan has sovereignty,” Kishida said.

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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #107 on: April 01, 2022, 11:36:11 pm »
So is Japan willing to fight Russia? If so, there is no better time than now to do so, while Russia is already occupied with Ukraine and with public opinion as against Russia as it is. If we miss this chance, how long will we have to wait for another comparable one?

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« Reply #108 on: April 02, 2022, 01:08:42 pm »
So is Japan willing to fight Russia? If so, there is no better time than now to do so, while Russia is already occupied with Ukraine and with public opinion as against Russia as it is. If we miss this chance, how long will we have to wait for another comparable one?

Exactly. Other people have been pointing this out as well, maybe just not as bluntly. This would be the perfect time to open a second front on Russia!

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« Reply #109 on: April 13, 2022, 02:26:27 am »
A milestone:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/zealand-court-rules-suspect-extradited-055104861.html

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's top court on Wednesday ruled a man can be extradited to China to face a murder charge — a landmark judgment that goes against the trend set by most democratic nations.

In a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court found that China was able to give New Zealand officials sufficient assurance that the accused, Kyung Yup Kim, could get a fair trial and wouldn't be tortured.

Concerns over those issues have been enough to stop most democratic countries from extraditing suspects to China in recent times. Like many other nations, New Zealand doesn't have a formal extradition treaty with China.

The decision is sure to be celebrated by China's ruling Communist Party as not only a legal victory but also a diplomatic and public relations success.

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« Reply #110 on: April 20, 2022, 06:52:26 pm »
Deng Xiaoping on Third Worldism:
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/deng-xiaoping/1984/130.htm
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China’s foreign policy can be summed up in two sentences. First, to safeguard world peace we oppose hegemony. Second, China will always belong to the Third World. It belongs to the Third World today, and it will do so even when it becomes prosperous and powerful, because it shares a common destiny with all Third World countries. China will never seek hegemony or bully others, but will always side with the Third World.

Among a host of problems in the present-day world, two especially stand out. One is the problem of peace. Now there are nuclear weapons; if war broke out, they could inflict untold losses on mankind. To work for peace one must oppose hegemony and power politics. The other is the North-South problem. It is very pressing at present. The developed countries are getting richer and richer while the developing countries are getting relatively poorer and poorer. If the North-South problem is not solved, it will hinder the development of the world economy. The solution, of course, lies in North-South dialogue, and we support dialogue. But dialogue alone is not enough; cooperation among Third World countries — in other words, South-South cooperation — should be stepped up as well. Exchanges, learning from each other and cooperation among these countries can help solve many problems, and prospects are promising. The developed countries should appreciate that greater development of their economies is impossible without growth in the economies of Third World countries.

I actually like the term "South South cooperation", as it fosters not only an anti-Turanian consciousness, but also an anti-Giant consciousness (and hence distances China from the "Arctic alliance").
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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #111 on: April 21, 2022, 02:50:26 am »
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China will always belong to the Third World.

Yes. Whereas Russia will never belong to the Third World. The US, on the other hand, will eventually join the Third World.

Meanwhile, more good signs:

https://us.yahoo.com/news/working-assertive-china-must-zealand-001318730.html

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Working with assertive China a must - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern
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Ms Ardern rejected the idea that it was time for New Zealand to join the US, UK, and Australia in the Aukus security alliance to help ward off China's influence in the region.
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"We've asked the US to take an interest in the economic architecture of our region, it can't just be about defence and security arrangements," she said.

"It should be about the wellbeing of the region as a whole. And you're starting to see a response from the US on that front."

New Zealand has been criticised for not taking a harder line on China.

"The region as a whole" includes China, as opposed to Aukus which is designed to exclude it.

Moreover, we see it is perfectly possible to still be anti-Russia without also being anti-China:

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'Ukraine war is solely Russia's fault'
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But it isn't useful to turn this into a war of ideology, she said - refusing to frame it as a conflict between autocracies and democracies.

"Let's not be quick to create a binary situation between two differing schisms in the world. It is Russia, who has perpetrated this, it is Russia who must be spoken firmly against, and let's do everything we can diplomatically to ensure that that doesn't grow beyond Russia."

Ardern wisely rejects positing equivalency between Ukraine and Taiwan. This is the approach we need to turn China against Russia as opposed to pushing China closer to Russia.

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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #112 on: April 23, 2022, 10:13:52 pm »
Kaliningrad votes for independence from Russia. Watch till the the end
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Referendum on independence is a favourite russian instrument in the occupied territories.
But will it work against Moscow?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaXrG6_Qs6Q

"Freedom" does not imply people get to trash the planet however they see fit, because this would rob other people of their "freedom". If this is what Putin means by "nations should have the freedom to choose their own future" then it is one more reason he should be strongly opposed.

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« Reply #113 on: May 06, 2022, 08:11:13 pm »
Someone gets it:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/okinawa-seeks-tokyos-help-lowering-093615478.html

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Japan's Okinawa urges government to reduce China tensions

TOKYO (AP) — Japan should focus more on peaceful diplomacy with China instead of on military deterrence as tensions rise around Chinese-claimed Taiwan, the governor of the nearby southern Japanese island of Okinawa said Friday.
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Noting that China is Japan's biggest trading partner and that Japan is China's second largest, Tamaki said their close economic ties are indispensable.

“I call for the Japanese government to always maintain calm and peaceful diplomacy and dialogue to improve its relations with China, while working toward easing U.S.-China tension,” he said.

We should all be joining forces to fight Turandom.

Related:

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Because of the U.S. bases, Okinawa faces noise, pollution, aircraft accidents and crime related to American troops on a daily basis, Tamaki said.

Hence the need for:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/military-decolonization/


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« Reply #114 on: May 19, 2022, 08:58:35 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippines-marcos-says-china-ties-085059230.html

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Philippines' Marcos wants China ties to 'shift to higher gear' under his presidency
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"The way forward is to expand our relationship not only diplomatic, not only trade, but also in culture, even in education, even in knowledge, even in health, to address whatever minor disagreements that we have right now," Marcos said in a statement.

Yes!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_the_Philippines

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Yi Jing, a Chinese monk and scholar, stayed in Sumatra from 687 to 689 on his way to India. He wrote on the Srivijaya's splendour: "Buddhism was flourishing throughout the islands of Southeast Asia. Many of the kings and the chieftains in the islands in the southern seas admire and believe in Buddhism, and their hearts are set on accumulating good action."[citation needed] The Srivijaya empire flourished as a Buddhist cultural centre over 600 years from 650 to 1377 in Palembang, Sumatra. Built as a mandala on a hill from 770 to 825 in central Java, the Borobodur stands today as a living testament of the Srivijaya empire's grandeur. Three generations of the Sailendra kings built the temple that displays a three-dimensional view of the Vajrayāna Buddhist cosmology. Later on, the Javanese Majapahit empire took control over the Srivijaya and became the leading Buddhist cultural centre from 1292 to 1478 in Southeast Asia. Both empires supplemented their otherwise austere practice of Theravāda with the rituals of Vajrayāna in the 7th century.[7]
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    "The gentleness of Tagalog customs that the first Spaniards found, very different from those of other provinces of the same race and in Luzon itself, can very well be the effect of Buddhism
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Evidence indicates that Butuan was in contact with the Song dynasty of China by at least 1001 CE. The Chinese annal Song Shih recorded the first appearance of a Butuan tributary mission (Li Yui-han 李竾罕 and Jiaminan) at the Chinese Imperial Court on March 17, 1001 CE and it described Butuan (P'u-tuan) as a small Hindu country with a Buddhist monarchy in the sea that had a regular connection with the Champa kingdom and intermittent contact with China under the Rajah named Kiling.[28]


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« Reply #115 on: May 20, 2022, 11:57:42 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/east-timor-president-pledges-stronger-013350675.html

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East Timor’s new president pledges stronger ties with China

DILI (Reuters) - East Timorese independence figure and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was inaugurated as the country's fifth president on Friday, pledging to dedicate his time in office to strengthen national unity and forge closer relations with China.
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Ramos-Horta also said he would continue to foster a special relationship with the United States, and advocate for East Timor to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Hopefully this can also contribute to bringing China and the US closer together.

Timor's friendly relations with China go way back:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-colonial_Timor

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proto-Malays from 2500 BC arrived from south China and north Indochina.[4] Timorese origin myths tell of ancestors that sailed around the eastern end of Timor arriving on land in the south. Some stories recount Timorese ancestors journeying from Malay Peninsula or the Minangkabau Highlands of Sumatra.[5]
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Contact with the outside world was via networks of foreign seafaring traders from as far as China and India that served the archipelago.
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Oral traditions of people of Wehali principality of East Timor mention their migration from Sina Mutin Malaka or "Chinese White Malacca" (part of Indianised Hindu-Buddhist Srivijaya empire) in ancient times.[7]
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Timor is mentioned in the 13th-century Chinese Zhu Fan Zhi, where it is called Ti-wu and is noted for its sandalwood. It is called Ti-men in the History of Song of 1345.

So what disrupted it all? Take a guess:

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Beginning in the early sixteenth century, European colonialists—the Dutch in the island's west, and Portuguese in the east—would divide the island, isolating the East Timorese from the histories of the surrounding archipelago.[8]

This is our common enemy.

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/colonial-era/east-timor/
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Re: Diplomatic decolonization
« Reply #116 on: May 28, 2022, 08:13:34 pm »
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/drc-chinese-australian-battle-control-093000599.html

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In the DRC, a Chinese-Australian battle for control of a massive untapped lithium lode

Best comment:

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No, don’t sell it to the white men who enslaved your country to poverty

It really is that simple.

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/enemies/australia/

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« Reply #117 on: May 29, 2022, 01:57:10 pm »
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-west-rivalry-hits-pacific-093000801.html

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China's top diplomat met senior officials in the Solomons capital Honiara to hail the "spirit of South-South cooperation of mutual support and mutual assistance"

Instead of the messy concept of "Global South":



why not just talk about cooperation between fellow former victims of Western colonialism?

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"The West is worried that once China's ties with the Pacific Islands are strong enough, when China asks to establish a military base in the region, these islands would say yes, and this would allow China to break through the so-called two island chains."



It would be a gesture of goodwill for the US to dismantle these itself.

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« Reply #118 on: June 03, 2022, 08:11:49 pm »
How colonized is North Korea?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/kim-jong-un-congratulates-queen-023039845.html

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(Bloomberg) -- Kim Jong Un congratulated Queen Elizabeth II on the anniversary of her ascension to the throne, as the young North Korean leader sent his first public message to the 96-year-old monarch.

“I extend my congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of the National Day of your country, the official birthday of Your Majesty,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said of the note that was sent Thursday from its 38-year-old leader.



Perhaps Kim needs a history lesson about how it used to be OK to be "white" in Korea:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom%E2%80%93Korea_Treaty_of_1883

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Ministers from the United Kingdom to Korea were appointed in accordance with this treaty; and these diplomats were: Sir Harry Parkes, appointed in 1884; Sir John Walsham, appointed in 1885; Sir Nicholas O'Conor, in 1892; Sir Claude Maxwell, in 1896; John Jordan in 1898.[3]

The treaty remained in effect even after the Japanese protectorate was established in 1905,[4] and only came to and end in 1910 when Japan annexed Korea.

Under the treaty, Great Britain obtained extraterritorial rights in Korea and from 1883 to 1910, British subjects in Korea were not subject to the jurisdiction of Korean courts, but instead were tried or had civil cases brought against them in British consular courts

At least we can say that Windsor-worship is another thing that Kim and Trump have in common.....

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« Reply #119 on: June 10, 2022, 02:53:25 am »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-cambodia-break-ground-port-095428554.html

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Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian and other officials donned white gloves before turning over shovels full of dirt to launch the official “modernization” of the Ream Naval Base, which will include a dry dock for ship repairs, an extended pier, a hospital, a workshop and a “reception building.”
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Tea Banh said the port project is expected to take two years to complete. He did not say how much it would cost, but China has given Cambodia hundreds of millions of dollars in grants in recent years for infrastructure projects.
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“China and Cambodia have become ironclad brothers, economical with words but generous in action, treating each other with all sincerity and standing side by side at challenging times,” he said, according to an English translation of his remarks provided by the Chinese delegation.
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“Some countries keep smearing legitimate exchanges and cooperation between China and Cambodia and arbitrarily impose unilateral sanctions on Cambodia under the false subterfuge of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights,’ blatantly interfering in Cambodia’s internal affairs through ‘long-arm jurisdiction,’" he said. ”We firmly oppose all these misbehaviors."

Cambodia and China not only established ties predating the colonial era:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia%E2%80%93China_relations#History

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Cambodia first made contact with China as early as 1421 AD during the final years of the Khmer Empire when Ponhea Yat dispatched a minister to establish formal diplomatic ties.[4]

but also share a former Western colonial oppressor:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_protectorate_of_Cambodia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_concessions_in_Tianjin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_French_Concession

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leased_Territory_of_Guangzhouwan