China has accused Japan of distorting history, by minimizing wartime abuses. Yet, China itself--surprise--distorts its own history. More anti-Japanase demonstrations are being planned in China, yet the government is becoming concerned that thosed demonstrations may get out of hand. Note the riots taking place in a southeastern city over pollution; the riot has lasted three days.
Do take note of this by the former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review
: For the first time in over 500 years, the Chinese navy is back Arabian Sea, near the Straits of Hormuz, a strategic choke point through which 40 percent of the worlds oil passes. The whole piece is worth reading, quite instructive, and this pregnant sentence is explained: "Chinas search for energy security also dovetails, however, with its long-term strategic effort to expand its regional influence and box in India." China is calling Japans gas drilling plan in disputed waters a "provocation." Pakistans Musharraf
will be in India, conducting some cricket diplomacy. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, visiting Pakistan, told Musharraf, that the U.S. will meet that countrys "legitimate defence needs." Afghanistans Karzai seems to want a permanent American presence in Afghanistan. The U.S. has bases in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan