As mentioned here several times, in the future look for Asia to be united as a regional bloc. Abe’s statement confirms it could very well be heading that way. Both Japan and China will likely have escalated tensions (and possibly a few skirmishes) until Japan realizes that the United States, which is rotting and deteriorating from within, will no longer have capability or the will to back Japan in future conflicts. So, instead of risking all-out war between the two nations, both will come to a mutual understanding and forge solid ties. When these two have united, expect the rest of Asia to follow suit.
Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) – Japan on Wednesday told the world it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences.
In a landmark speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued what amounted to an appeal for international support in a potentially explosive dispute with its superpower neighbour over islands in the East China Sea.
“We must restrain military expansion in Asia … which otherwise could go unchecked,” Abe told the annual meeting of global business and political leaders, which Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is due to attend on Friday. Continue reading