posted on Oct, 9 2006 @ 08:33 AM
If the PRC does act, alliances that we thought were strong will change. Japan and South Korea would be foolish if they didn't at least contemplate
allying themselves, however temporarily, with the big bad dragon, they are afterall neighbors.
What this entails in the longrun is anyones guess...so I'll make one.
If the big bad dragon does act, and Japan and South Korea align themselves with China...Taiwan's days are numbered. Will China use a successful
campaign against N. Korea to assume, or at least attempt to, hegemony in the far east? How would India, another fast riser, react?
The political ramifications of this are, and will be, farflung. Let's see...North Korea has the bomb...China's not happy...Japan's not
happy...South Korea's not happy. Japan and South Korea are two of the more technologically advanced nations on Earth, China has a military second
only to the United States, and maybe not by all that much. So, these 3 get together, however reluctantly, to put paid to Kim's long overdue account
and soon the Korean Penninsula is embroiled in war. Using the tech advantages that Japan and S. Korea provide...the Peoples Army stomps little Kim
into the mud. OK.
The other Asian power, India...what are they doing while all this is going on...not so freindly rivals of China, do they sit by doing nothing? Or do
they supply N. Korea with aid, in hopes of giving the big bad dragon a black eye. If N. Korea looses the fight, which seems likely; does a suddenly
potent Asian alliance turn their attention to India, for having aided N. Korea?
Complicated doesn't even begin to cover it... I left the US out of it, on the probably baseless assumption that busy in the ME, we decide to let the
Chinese, Japanese, and South Koreans handle it. I also left out cultural differences that would undoubtably play a huge role. All because one little
man isn't satisfied with starving his own people, he want's to influance everyone else, too. Credit where credit is due, he's succeeded.