Thought for the day

"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise." -- Winston Churchill

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Russia has inflamed regional tensions with Japan by deploying new missile defense systems in the disputed Kuril Islands, specifically a mobile coastal defense missiles system on a northernmost island in the chain.

"Coastal servicemen of the Pacific Fleet will keep a round-the-clock watch to control the adjacent water area and strait zones," the Russian defense ministry said in announcing the new missile placement on Tuesday.

The East and the West are both collaborating in an effort to impose the Great Reset -- but each side’s different interpretation of the Great Reset and their incompatibility eventually will tear them apart.

These differences fall into four categories: (1) environment, (2) food production and delivery, (3) global currency, and (4) global governance. 

The Environment

Despite only until recently having no military to speak of at all based on post-WWII disarmament, Japan's defense ministry is hinting that it could soon equip its submarines with long range missiles, regional media reported Monday.

Japan's armed forces are "considering acquiring the capability to launch long-range missiles from submarines as a way to mount a counter-strike against foreign threats," Nikkei reported.

Major players in the semiconductor supply chain in East Asia appear to be seeing it as inevitable for them to decouple with China in advanced industries involving sensitive technology, given concerns about the rapid pace of Beijing’s military modernisation.

The United States is taking the lead in building a “Chip 4” alliance with Taiwan, South Korea and Japan for increased economic security over a possible global chip crunch in the event of a contingency between Taiwan and China.

China is committed to stronger ties with Japan, Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Phnom Penh on Saturday, in the first meeting of a senior Chinese leader with the Japanese prime minister sworn in last year.

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