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  - South China Sea brouhaha [1 Update]
    http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/7585c0f4a518ccaa
  - Singapore hit hard by oil dowwnturn [1 Update]
    http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/83335868db189775


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Topic: South China Sea brouhaha
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/7585c0f4a518ccaa
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From: Evan Jones <evanj.ba...@gmail.com>
Date: Sep 23 10:44AM +0700
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/2f75dd2a7e592

Thanks Wei Ling Chua for this interesting background info on today's
South China sea brouhaha.

In all the fuss about the 9 rocks being developed by China, our MSM
overlooks that a total 42 rocks are being developed by claimant
states. We could discuss whether China's 9 constitutes more or less
than it's fair share.

Seven islands have aircraft runways, of which 3 are operated by China.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_the_Spratly_Islands

Behind the US "Pivot to Asia" lies China's real unspoken sin: [which
is] the same sin as being committed by Russia, Iran and Syria: refusal
to kowtow to the Paul Wolfowtitz 1992 doctrine of hegemonic American
Exceptionalism. All these countries selfishly refuse to let Goldman
Sachs take control of their currencies. For this they must be
demonized as The Enemy.

--start--
Former American ambassador Chas Freeman on the return of the South
China Sea to China from Japan at the end of WWII:

"In practice, as some in the region recall, long before the United
States turned against them as part of its “pivot to Asia” in 2010,
America had supported China’s claims in the Paracels and Spratlys. The
U.S. Navy facilitated China’s replacement of Japan’s military presence
in both island groups in 1945 because it considered that they were
either part of Taiwan, as Japan had declared, or – in the words of the
Cairo Declaration – among other “territories Japan [had] stolen from
the Chinese” to “be restored to the Republic of China.” From 1969 to
1971, the United States operated a radar station in the Spratlys at
Taiping Island, under the flag of the Republic of China..

“Neither the Paracels nor the Spratlys ever mattered to the United
States at all (except as hazards to navigation) until they became
symbols of Washington’s determination to curtail the rise of China’s
power along its periphery. No country with claims to the Spratlys
interferes with shipping or peacetime naval transit in the South China
Sea. Nor does any party in the region have an interest in threatening
commerce transiting it. The South China Sea is every littoral nation’s
jugular. China and the other countries on the South China Sea have a
far greater stake in assuring freedom of navigation in and through it
than the United States does.

“It is not in the U.S. interest to perpetuate the antagonisms that now
inflame relations between claimants in sections of the South China
Sea. They poison Sino-American relations as well as other littoral
states’ relations with China. China’s neighbors have to live with
China, and China has to live with them."

http://chasfreeman.net/diplomacy-on-the-rocks-china-and-other-claimants-in-the-south-china-sea/


State Dept Chief of Spatial and Boundary Analysis, Daniel Dzurek – in
his book «The Spratly Islands Dispute: Who's on First?», is also
recounting how Japan returned the South China Sea to China in treaties
that adhered to Japan's surrender agreement:

“Because the Allies, in particular the United Kingdom and the United
States, could not agree on which government represented China, no
Chinese delegation participated in the 1951 San Francisco Peace
Conference. Therefore the Republic of China (Taiwan) negotiated a
separate peace treaty with Japan, signed on 28 April 1952. Article 2
of the text included a reference to the San Francisco treaty:

““It is recognized that under Article 2 of the Treaty of Peace with
Japan signed in the city of San Francisco in the United States of
American on September 8 1951, Japan has renounced all right, title and
claim to Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) as well as the
Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands””

Republic of China has argued that the explicit reference to the
Spratly and Paracel islands in the text of this bilateral treaty
implies Japanese recognition of Chinese sovereignty. Samuels and Lu
have observed that, unlike the 1951 treaty, the Sino-Japanese text
mentions the Spratly and Paracel islands in the same sentence as
Taiwan and the Pescadores islands. The latter are generally recognized
as Chinese territories. Moreover, according to the negotiating record
Japan insisted that the renunciation article deal only with Chinese
territory. This shows that the ROC and Japan viewed the islands of
Taiwan, the Pescadores, the Spratlys, and tha Paracels as having a
similar status – that is, belonging to China”

http://atimes.com/2016/09/china-says-japan-trying-to-confuse-south-china-sea-situation/

https://books.google.no/books?id=o5P4U4UlucMC&pg=PA15&lpg=PA15&dq=%22Because+the+Allies,+in+particular+the+United+Kingdom+and+the+United+States%22&source=bl&ots=46YA_ECHyp&sig=9gQUPTYIEHkbE5wPhSV1DWSY0Gw&hl=no&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimv_rt0aDPAhWBriwKHepwDKcQ6AEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=%22Because%20the%20Allies%2C%20in%20particular%20the%20United%20Kingdom%20and%20the%20United%20States%22&f=false



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Topic: Singapore hit hard by oil dowwnturn
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/83335868db189775
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From: Evan Jones <evanj.ba...@gmail.com>
Date: Sep 23 10:02AM +0700
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/2f518149e4121

Big change in Singapore during a 2 month absence:

Taxis queued up waiting for passengers everywhere. Now dead easy to
hail a cab. One driver told me that drivers have returned 3,000 cars
to Comfort coz they cannot earn their running costs.

The attached  graph makes an interesting point.


cheers

Evan




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