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Chinese fishing boat, Japan Coast Guard ships collide off Senkakus

A Chinese fishing boat collided –twice– with two Japan Coast Guard ships sent to intercept it as the boat sailed in waters claimed by Japan. The incident, which happened today, involved the fishing trawler Nippon Chinese (an odd name, since “Nippon” in Japanese means “Japan”) and the Japan Coast Guard ships Yonakuni and Mizuki. China...

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EagleSpeak on “The Cow’s Tongue”

Eagle1 at blog EagleSpeak has a post on the “The Cow’s Tongue”– the South China Sea–and it’s strategic importance to China. Of particular interest is the map that updated the post, of China’s strategic sea lanes: Three things that come to mind. 1. It’s easy to see how China could be choked off from the...

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Japan and Iraq, 2010

Japanese corporation in multibillion dollar Iraqi natural gas deal. In an attempt to boost the oil sector, mutilated by years of neglect and military violence, Iraq government approved a multibillion joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation. The proposed deal targets to capture a huge amount of untapped natural gas from four super-giant oil...

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