There is still a lot of bad blood towards Japan in both China and Korea due to the atrocities committed by the Jap soldiers during WWII. Also, lots of "comfort women" were taken to the Japanese homeland and never returned. They basically took all of the good looking babes out of the country.
You would think that all of the Japanese manufacturing facilities set up in China and Korea would have smoothed things out, but that may only partially be the case.
I was in Seoul a few years ago and was having breakfast with a Japanese friend who was working in a Japanese-built manufacturing plant in Korea. A young waiter came up to us and started talking to the Japanese guy in Korean, obviously thinking that he was Korean. My friend politely apologized and said that he was Japanese and does not speak Korean very well. If looks could kill, my Jap friend would have been a slab of dead meat served along side the kimchi. The waiter stormed off and refused to serve us. The manager did come by and did serve us, but we were both wondering if anything "special" was added to the meal.
Asians have very long memories.
If China were to attack Japan, it would put Obama-san in an awkward position. I suspect he would abandon the military support of Japan in favor of his Communist friends and would resort to fruitless diplomatic talks just to put on a good show.
It is amazing that both of these counties are squabbling over uninhabited islands that "may" contain energy resources.
Personally, it may be a good thing to have some friction between the US and China. It may force the Chinese to stop investing in the presidential spending sprees in the USA and could revive some USA industries. Entire industries, such as fluorescent and tungsten lighting manufacturers, have been wiped out by cheap Chinese products. Yes, all of the mercury tainted CFL lighting that the environmental nuts are forcing us to buy is manufactured in China. Sylvania shut down the last USA-based lighting manufacturing location two years ago.
Last edited by TopDogger; 12 February, 2013 at 19:32 PM.
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