China vs Japan: A Story of Nationalism and Old Rivalries

Anyone following world events will have noticed that there continues to be a growing tension in East Asia. The conflict predominantly stems from the rivalry between China and Japan; a rivalry that has stretched back centuries.

Recent headlines concerning the conflict are centered on the dispute of which of the two countries have sovereignty over a small island chain. Japan has legally owned the islands for decades, but has claimed ownership since the late 1800’s. Despite this, China still claims the islands belong to them and have gone so far as to include the islands in their Air Defense Identification Zone. This, of course, has only further aggravated the debate over the island chain, as well as the overall relationship between the two nations.

Conflict between China and Japan is nothing new. Armed conflict dates back centuries. The First Sino-Japanese War was held from 1894 to 1895, mostly over control of Korea. The most infamous conflict held between the two countries was the Second Sino-Japanese War which was held from 1937 until 1945. This war merged with the greater, global conflict being fought in World War II. The main purpose of the Second Sino-Japanese War was to expand Japanese control over China’s vast natural resources, and was a result of Japan’s imperialistic policies. The most controversial event to come out of this war was the Nanking Massacre, commonly referred to as the Rape of Nanking. It is because of such atrocities committed against the people of China, that the relationship between the two nations has never quite healed.

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Concussions in the N.F.L.

The National Football League must make stronger football helmets, but they shouldn’t change the game. Ultimately, the doctor must have the final word. If the physician says you can’t play yet, that’s the end of it, regardless what the player and the team think.

James Howell Comments – New Jersey Bridge Scandal

What effects could this have on Governor Chris Christie’s office and rumored run for election in 2016?

U.S. Attorney, Mayor Signal More Cooperation In Fighting Street Violence

Chicago is facing a severe economic downturn that the new Mayor (and former White House Official) hopes to turn around. Symptoms include the highest crime in the country.

Is East Asia Stoking the Fire Towards Major Global Conflict?

East Asian Conflict

 

 

Conflict in East Asia, specifically between China and Japan, continues to escalate. A major focus of the conflict seems to be territorial disputes over a small chain of island, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Japan bought the the privately held islands not long ago, nationalizing them, though they have been under Japanese control since 1895. China views these islands as belonging to them and that Japan stole them. In fact, China has included the airspace above the islands in their Air Defense Identification Zone, which requires all aircraft to enter flight plans and radio information.

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Memorandum for Proposed Action to Revitalize the US Economy

Problem Statement 

The United States economy has shown positive growth since the Great Recession. Despite the positive overall trends, the economy is still sluggish. The fact remains that unemployment is still plaguing middle and lower class demographics and is leading to weaker-than-preferable economic activity (1). Below you will find several policies that, if undertaken collectively, will revitalize the US economy.

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New Year, More Experience!

Happy New Year everyone! The ME is gearing up for its biggest year yet. Stay tuned for new content on the important events going on in today’s politics and economics.

We will be starting off our new year of postings with what could possibly be our biggest and best yet; “Memorandum for Proposed Action to Revitalize the US Economy”, which will lay out reasonable and practical policies that the government can follow to give our economy that extra boost it needs. Coming soon!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

People should say both Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, because Merry Christmas is specific, while Happy Holidays is recognition that there are a number of holidays this time of year.

Merry Christmas; Happy Holidays; and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2014!

Moscow Must Pressure Tehran, Like Damascus

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani seeks better relations and talks with the United States. This is a positive development and ought to be pursued, but talks can also be used as a delay tactic and result in nothing.

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