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Geopolitics speaker Gideon Rachman on Asia’s territorial disputes

Gideon Rachman speakerCommenting in the Financial Times on Asia’s territorial disputes and increasingly angry nationalism, Gideon Rachman, a highly experienced political commentator, argues that rather than risk war over shoals and goats, all sides should submit to arbitration. “Keep the lid on Pandora’s box,” he warns, “or Asia will pay dearly.”

This follows from a bout of recent aggravations including: a near collision between Chinese fighter jets and a Japanese surveillance aircraft; a physical confrontation between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, the first since the two nations went to war in 1979; and North Korea firing shells at a South Korean ship and threatening a fourth nuclear test.

Gideon posits that Pandora’s box appears to be creaking open because the rapid rise of a richer and more powerful China – which has now overtaken the Japanese economy in size and by some measures has a larger economy than the US itself – has allowed for “increased military spending” whilst becoming “more assertive about longstanding territorial claims.”

He goes on to warn that “if conflict does eventually break out, it may rank as among the most senseless in history (and there is plenty of competition).”

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An apocalyptic 1914 analogy by John Hulsman

Writing for City A.M., Dr John Hulsman, a leading expert on global political risk issues, looked at the disturbing similarities between the supposedly unsinkable pre-1914 world, and the Asia of today.

Referring to the tensions are brewing in the seas around China, John warns that “1914 reminds us that sometimes mini-crises ignite powder kegs beneath them.” 

Describing Barack Obama’s America as Edwardian Britain incarnate, China fitting the bill as the Kaiser’s Germany, and comparing Prime Minister Abe’s Japan as a Third Republic France, John argues “that the almost exact correlation between the structural worlds of 1914 and 2014…[means] alarm bells really ought to be ringing.”

Click here to read on. It was one of the most read articles on RealClearWorld this week!

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