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    Senior Member UniqueMixture's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    China doesn't project its power through expanding on minor powers; they are already achieving resource dominance through economic force projection.

    Examples include attempting to stranglehold rare earth minerals to force production into China, virtual nationalisation of South African mines and inroads into ownership and control of energy sources. The goal here is to allow continuous economic growth inside China; the end game for them is the largest industrialised (progressing towards tech-age) country in the world.

    Military force is for security and nationalism. It's not their national strategy.
    Tell that to Tibet
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    the japanese culture has changed a lot since WW2. They became quite peaceful after that imperialist phase.
    Japan has been a good trading partner with Australia since the war.

    However the Japanese, unlike the Germans, have not been able to take responsibility for their war crimes. And we are still asking Japan to apologise for war crimes committed against Australians in Borneo. And the Chinese feel the same way.

    Unfortunately the USA wouldn't let us put the Japanese Emperor on trial for war crimes, which would likely have led to the death penalty. And so the Emperor System continues today in Japan.

    And the Emperor System has some unfortunate effects such as the devotion to racial purity and an inability to take responsibility for Emperial war crimes.

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    So when can I start placing bets as to which side will be the first to build a giant robot/giant radioactive iguana to crush the other?
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