Modern Imperialism….

I haven’t really posted anything about Geopolitics or International Macroeconomics or anything like that. So… maybe I should…

Here is a news item: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_RUSSIA_MILITARY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-12-10-07-13-45

Russia announced today that they plan to expand their military capability in the Arctic. I wonder why….

Well… maybe this article helps explain it: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24176818/canada-plans-claim-that-would-include-north-pole

So… the United States is pretty sure to follow…. As will Norway…. As will Denmark….

Why…? Because the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 30% of the undiscovered Natural Gas and 15% of the undiscovered Oil lies there….

Does that constitute Imperialism…? No…. But… it follows a disturbing trend….

China has established an Air Defense Identification Zone over the Senkoku Islands in the East China see that are claimed by Japan:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/29/world/asia/japan-south-korea-fly-military-planes-in-zone-set-by-china.html?_r=0

Of course, South Korea also responded: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/08/world/asia/china-korea-air-defense-zone/

South Korea is trying to claim a submerged rock…. Which is sketchy… at best…. Socotra Rock….

antic.com/china/archive/2013/12/will-a-tiny-submerged-rock-spark-a-new-crisis-in-the-east-china-sea/282155/

This is an escalation of tensions and a provocative act. And… it is one a series…. Including many bullying and threatening actions in the South China Sea…. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/china-territorial-dispute-philippines

China must feel that they are unlikely to win the dispute…. So they are pulling out of the process…. Which is what ALL the big countries seem to do when they aren’t gonna get their way…. Including America….

The problem is compounded… because the dispute with Japan… the Philippines… bullying of Indian naval vessels… Vietnam… and other ASEAN nations… in order to claim disputed islands… and natural resources… including a significant amount of oil and gas….

Ok. You probably get the picture. The issues is… the United Nations 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea is pretty unequivocal…. And it’s unlikely to rule in China’s favor… because they don’t have precedent…. So… they seized the territory…. And THAT’S Imperialism….

Now… one can argue semantics…. Russia dropping a container containing a flag onto the seafloor from a submarine simply doesn’t meet the standards established in International Law for claiming territory….

 

Here is an article describing China putting a military garrison on a disputed island: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18949941. That IS Imperialism…. So is constantly threatening to invade Taiwan if they seek independence…. Which is their de facto status…. Independence….

The United Nations is pretty clear on a few issues…. You can’t claim anything as territory that never breaks the surface of the ocean…. You can’t claim new territory on the continent of Antarctica…. And no nation can claim ownership of ANYTHING that is not on the surface of the Earth that is not man-made… but each country is responsible for the damage caused by any their space junk….

Also… no weapons are allowed in Space…. But China shot down one of its own satellites… so America immediately followed suit….

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2007/01/19/china_shoots_down_satellite_drawing_protests_worldwide/

While I’m talking about China and aggression and destabilization of the Far East… perhaps I should mention North Korea…. Kim Jong-Un’s Uncle and Mentor… the #2 man in North Korea… just got publicly dethroned and humiliated… in televised event…. He was basically accused of plotting with China against the Great Leader… for working with China on establishing special economic ties…. That makes China look bad. Corrupt. And decreases China’s influence in North Korea. And makes China worry that North Korea may become politically unstable. Unsustainable….

Why would that be a problem…? Technically… there is only one Korea…. Just like there is only one China….

So… China may have to accept Unification of Korea…. Supporting political separation of Korea… could lead to political separation of Taiwan….

Another example of Imperialism…. The Ukrainian people apparently wish to leave the Russian sphere of influence and join the European Union… but the President wants to cozy up with Putin…. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/10/ukraine-european-union-pact-viktor-yanukovych

Notice that almost all of this started after Obama was elected President and decided to shift positions or reset relations with Russian… China… Iran… Egypt… Syria…. All of America’s enemies suddenly see us as weak…. All of America’s allies suddenly see us as unreliable….

And Der Spiegel is reporting that a Nobel laureate economist is predicting economic collapse because everybody is pumping…. The stock market in America and real estate in Brazil….

http://rt.com/business/nobel-laureate-predicts-stock-bubble-593/

Maybe I’ll talk about Energy and Islamic Sunni-Shi’a Conflict that is currently raging across the Islamic World later….

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