January 2014

The lessons of history go unheeded

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at last week’s Davos conference warned of the similarity between the current situation of the Chinese rise of military power to that of Germany in 1914 and that Japan’s position today is similar to that of France then. The Chinese continue to make assertive remarks about their intentions, which have been clearly demonstrated by their recent implementation of the Air Identification Zone. The Davos participants who heard such comments acted with shock and surprise.