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Japan Accuses China of Nazi Type Expansion

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 28, 2010

Good Article about Japan’s Prime Minister accusing China of Nazi’istic policies of expansion.

“Japan’s conservative former prime minister Shinzo Abe has accused China of pursuing a modern-day policy of “lebensraum” with its growing assertiveness over disputed territories. “Lebensraum,” or “living space,” was a key tenet in the philosophy of Adolf Hitler who believed that Germany deserved space, especially in eastern Slavic areas, in which to grow.

Abe, on a visit to Washington, voiced concern about the expansion of China’s navy including in the East China Sea, where Japan’s recent arrest of a Chinese captain near disputed islands set off an intense feud between the two nations.

“Since the 1980s, China’s military strategy has rested on the concept of a ‘strategic frontier,'” Abe said in an address late last week before the Hudson Institute think-tank.

“In a nutshell, this very dangerous idea posits that borders and exclusive economic zones are determined by national power, and that as long as China’s economy continues to grow, its sphere of influence will continue to expand.

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