[Updated on December 4, 2011]
I don't know what will happen tomorrow even for myself.
SECTION I: Taiwan More at Stake
One of leading Japanese conservative critics Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai analyzed the situation covering China, Taiwan, and Japan, since China broke a diplomatic promise with Japan concerning gas fields in the East China Sea.
Needed: Scrunity Over Crucial Security Matters Hidden behind the Senkaku and Gas Field Issueshttp://yoshiko-sakurai.jp/index.php/2010/10/20/needed-scrunity-over-crucial-security-matters-hidden-behind-the-senkaku-and-gas-field-issues/
In case of a contingency in the South China Sea, it will become mandatory for China’s North Sea Fleet and East Sea Fleet to sail southward via the Strait of Taiwan. Meanwhile, if an emergency develops in the East China Sea or the Yellow Sea, the South Sea Fleet must also pass through the Strait of Taiwan as it sails northward. Controlling Taiwan is therefore seen by the Chinese as an overriding necessity. And it would seem logical to presume that China’s increased dominance over Taiwan will be pursued concurrently with a strategy to restrain Japan’s activities in the East China Sea, thereby increasing Chinese control over the entire land and sea of the East Asian region. Again, it is precisely for this reason that Japan should not readily give in to China in the East China Sea...
You had better take note of the following points:
1) Chinese troops will not try to land on Taiwan until China succeeds in occupying Japan's Senkaku Islands 170 km northeast of Taiwan.
2) Chinese troops will not try to land on Taiwan until the Chinese Navy secures sea routes surrounding Taiwan, from the Senkkau Islands to the Luzon strait.
3) The Chinese Navy wants to secure a sea route off the east coast of Taiwan to reach the South China Sea in case that the the route between the Continent and Taiwan gets under tension running high. On this eastern route, the Senkaku Islands occupies a key location for Chinese fleets to sail round the north tip of Taiwan to the Pacific.
4) For the Chinese Navy to freely move its fleets to the north as far as the Sea of Japan and as south as the Straits of Malacca, it needs to secure sea routes surrounding Taiwan where the Senkaku Islands occupies a key location.
5) If the Taiwan people see Chinese fleets freely sailing and operating on the north, east, south, and west seas off its coasts, they will feel so insecure, isolated, and abandoned. In the case, China can start landing operations on Taiwan at any time, though millions of Taiwanese would try to flee to America and Japan.
Accordingly, as long as Japan is determined to defend the Senkaku Islands from invading Chinese forces, the Chinese Communist leaders in Beijing would not order their troops to venture into Taiwan.
The importance of Japan's Senkaku Islands and Ishigaki-jima Island for Taiwan's security being threatened by the Chinese Navy is clear as above shown.
(Here I have borrowed a map from a Taiwan government site [red lines and letters added by me]:
It is also interesting to see that as of 1970, the Japanese public did not think that China could lawfully claim any territory around the Senkaku Islands, while Taiwan and South Korea claimed each a vast sea territory in the East China Sea at the time.
Now you can see how important the Senkaku Islands and the Ishigaki-jima Island are for security of Taiwan.
(Refer to the Historical Analysis of the Senkaku Islands: http://eereporter.blogspot.com/2010/10/yesterday-two-miracles-however-you.html)
APPENDIX. Chinese Missile Ranges
Note that Japan has no long-range attack missiles due to restriction imposed by its pacifist Constitution. However, subject to the Japan-US Security Treaty, the US is obliged to cooperate with the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to defend Japan, since the US military is allowed to have many bases in Japan.
SECTION II: 55 Days in Beijing
After the Japan-Sino War in 1895, an Opium-War-class incident happened in Beijing and some other parts of China, which decided fates of the Ching Dynasty and the Empire of Japan.
In June 1900 Boxer fighters, lightly armed or unarmed, gathered in Beijing to besiege the foreign embassies. On 21 June the conservative faction of the Imperial Court induced the Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled in the emperor's name, to declare war on the foreign powers that had diplomatic representation in Beijing. Diplomats, foreign civilians, soldiers and some Chinese Christians retreated to the Legation Quarter where they stayed for 55 days until the Eight-Nation Alliance brought 20,000 armed troops to defeat the Boxers...
The Taiyuan Massacre was the mass killing of foreign Christian missionaries and of local church members, including children, from July 1900. Two hundred and twenty two Chinese Eastern Orthodox Christians were also killed, along with 182 Protestant missionaries and 500 Chinese Protestants known as the China Martyrs of 1900. Also, 48 Catholic missionaries and 18,000 Chinese Catholics were killed...
The compound in Beijing remained under siege from Boxer forces from 20 June - 14 August. A total of 473 foreign civilians, 409 soldiers from eight countries, and about 3,000 Chinese Christians took refuge in the Legation Quarter. (See Siege of the Legations, Beijing 1900) Under the command of the British minister to China, Claude Maxwell MacDonald, the legation staff and security personnel defended the compound with small arms, three machine guns, and one old muzzle-loaded cannon; it was nicknamed the International Gun because the barrel was British, the carriage was Italian, the shells were Russian and the crew was American.
During the defence of the legations, a small Japanese force of one officer and 24 sailors commanded by Colonel Shiba, distinguished itself in several ways. Of particular note was that it had the almost unique distinction of suffering greater than 100 percent casualties. This was possible because a great many of the Japanese troops were wounded, entered into the casualty lists, then returned to the line of battle only to be wounded once more and again entered in the casualty lists...
The international force reached and occupied Beijing on 14 August. All the nationalities in the international force raced to be the first to liberate the besieged Legation Quarter with the British winning the race. The U.S. was able to play a minor role, in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion due to the presence of U.S. ships and troops deployed in the Philippines since the U.S. conquest of the Spanish American and Philippine-American War...
In October 1900 Russia was busy occupying much of the northeastern province of Manchuria, a move which threatened Anglo-American hopes of maintaining what remained of China's territorial integrity and an openness to commerce under the Open Door Policy. This behavior led ultimately to the Russo-Japanese War, where Russia was defeated at the hands of an increasingly confident Japan.
Among the Imperial powers, Japan gained prestige due to its military aid in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion and was now seen as a power. Its clash with Russia over Liaodong and other provinces in eastern Manchuria, long considered by the Japanese as part of their sphere of influence, led to the Russo-Japanese War when two years of negotiations broke down in February 1904. The Russian Lease of the Liaodong (1898) was confirmed...
- The 1963 film 55 Days at Peking was a dramatization of the Boxer rebellion. Shot in Spain, it needed thousands of Chinese extras, and the company sent scouts throughout Spain to hire as many as they could find.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxer_Rebellion
The Boxer Rebellion (called Giwadan-no-Ran in Japanese) also looks like somewhat the Chinese troops' invasion of Shanghai in 1937.
According to Taiwanese Japanese author Chin-Syunshin, when troops of the eight nations occupied Beijing, they plundered the Chinese capital from which imperial families of Ching had already ran away. It is said that German troops did the worst in the plunderage, followed by English, French, Russian, and Austrian soldiers and officers. Japanese and American troops kept order comparatively well.
Only Japanese soldiers pulled up and buried the dead body of Imperial Consort Zhen (Chin-hi in Japanese) who had been thrown into a well in the Forbidden City and killed by an order from Empress Dowager Cixi before her fleeing Beijing for a reason involving a power struggle around the then emperor of Ching Guangxu.
Anyway, from this incident on, the Empire of Japan found that the Ching Dynasty had no ability, will, or sense of crisis while facing invasion of Manchuria by the Russian Empire. Every effort of the Empire of Japan to stop expansion of Russian influence was betrayed by officials of Ching who even tried to tie up with Russians to suppress Japanese influence penetrating into Manchuria, though, which was initially driven by a necessity of national defence of the Empire of Japan.
(Yet, even in this anti-Japanese atmosphere, the Ching Dynasty did not claim its territorial jurisdiction on the Senkaku Islands, though Japan established its legal occupancy in 1895 before the end of the Japan-Sino War...)
SECTION III: 2010 Professional Ratings for Honesty
July 5, 2010 – 10:10 am, by Possum Comitatus(Click to enlarge.)
Roy Morgan has released its annual Image Of Professions survey for 2010, where the public rate various professions on their perceived levels of honesty and ethical standards.
In America, Newspaper journalists are regarded as untrustful as insurance brokers, stock brokers, estate agents, advertising people, and car salesmen.
TV reporters are a bit little better, being of equal rank to parliament members or business executives.
Anyway, you will be really shocked to meet a bad nurse, pharmacist, doctor, or school teacher in any country.
In Japan, citizens probably will not welcome this kind of survey, especially, nowadays under the leftist regime.
(In China, you might be sent to a special hospital if you try.)
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It is so, since I am not going to worship anybody, especially, that calls himself/herself a Christian without serving those who are poorer than he or she.
If I feel discomfort with anyone, he or she cannot be honest before the God and Christ Jesus from theory and my experimental research.
Anybody that does not hide what makes others feel discomfort cannot be honest before the God and Christ Jesus.
So, I wonder why would not St. Peter fall down at the feet of Cornelius just a moment before Cornelius did so at the feet of St. Peter.
Act 10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Act 10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
Act 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
Act 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.