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China's aggressive expansion into end South China Sea is disconcerting. Russia is building up its military on its Western border. Both countries are in some level of financial trouble.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

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AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Russia seeks to regain influence over Eastern Europe China seeks new levels of influence over Asia, isolating Japan as much as possible They will test Obama's resolve in defending Japan's and the the Philippines' claimed territory.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Fear of this conflict is evident both in our lackluster effort to combat ISIS and our obvious military buildup in that region.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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I have family in China, friends in China, and business with China. I don't want war with China.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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And China doesn't want war with us. So, we're all good.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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but who blinks first? . that's the real question, isn't it? . do we allow China to expand at will? . what about Taiwan? sacrifice? leave it to its own merits? . do we honor ally commitments? . do we allow Russian expansion into eastern Europe? ..

H2O @ almost 2 years ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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jc, so China will retreat back into its internationally recognized territorial waters?

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Ash Carter in a very straight forward manner told them to halt their expansion. I believe China is going to call their bluff and continue.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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As long as there is the slightest grey area for them to cling to, China will continue to press the issue. They aren't slaves to public opinion. But they aren't stupid either.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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They will weigh the cost/benefit equasion. Then, when things begin to look costly, they will strike a deal that gives them less than they want, but more than they had.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Why should they have anything more than what is internationally recognized?

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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What they need to do is a full retreat and enter in talks with all nations claiming land in that area.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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AMi,,, I'm not saying they should. I'm just playing the pragmatist here. Every country involved will weigh the cost/benefit of their actions. China has the edge in the benefits category. They will gain something.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Them gaining means another country will be losing. I'm not so sure the surrounding region will stand idly by while China annexes disputed territory.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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It's a fine line between the bow bending and breaking

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Kastrup, Denmark

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AMi,,, Did you see this? http://www.businessinsider.com/china-using-south-china-sea-conflicts-as-distraction-2015-6

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Very interesting, nothing creates a distraction from internal issues line taunting the most powerful military ever known on this planet.

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Saltsjöbaden, Sweden

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You have to give them credit for originality. Creating new islands is an original way to expand. I recently watched a documentary explaining that they are dredging sand from other islands. Far offshore. But it eventually erodes the shoreline.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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No one likes beaches anyway

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Saltsjöbaden, Sweden

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define financial trouble. 18+ trillion dollar debt?

President Not Sure @ almost 2 years ago

Florissant, MO, USA

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And the cheers as Obama promised to cut the nine billion dollar deficit in half during his first term and those same cheerful people are chomping at the bit to vote Hillary in the office!

YOU'VE BEEN WHITELASHED! @ almost 2 years ago

Strongsville, OH, USA

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Nine billion? We should be so lucky. So it took an extra year. If all poloticians delivered on their promises one year late, I'd be OK with that.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Miami, OH, USA

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http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2014/sep/05/barack-obama/obama-says-he-has-cut-national-deficit-half/

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Miami, OH, USA

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It was a weak promise, certainly nothing to commend him too highly on. The deficit was so incredibly high when he made that promise all he had to do was let gravity do all the work

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

O'Hare, Chicago, IL

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Exactly. Except for 200 billion in stimulus, it is the deficit that came with the office. And at that point, they had no idea how bad things actually were. I'm sure they thought they were leaving plenty of headroom in their projections. Wrong.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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The fact that we are back to pre-recession deficits and deficit/GDP ratios is great. I don't really care who gets the credit.

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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200 billion?

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Might be a tad low there good buddy

AMi @ almost 2 years ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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You're right. I was thinking of 08. And that was well into the defined recession. Although I believe the 07 budget failed to include the cost of our little foray into Iraq. But what's a couple hundred billion among friends? Ha!

jc @ almost 2 years ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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