I could be completely wrong, Gar. It's just the impression I get via a kind of osmosis. It might be that I am imposing my own latent view that the Asiatic area is to the Chinese what Europe seems to be to the Americans. So it is not that they lay claim to regions. More that they have an interest, and a ground presence wherever there is a Chinese ground population. It is how the Irish operate, and maybe I am culturally conditioned to expect them to act as I would in a similar situation. That refers to my earlier point about it being difficult to exactly predict the opinions and aims of different cultures to which one has had little exposure. Perhaps racial is the wrong word, and you can substitute culture, though I think it is a mistake to assume that racial nationalism is gone because the west has got a handle on it to some extent.
No it would ruin them. Russia makes the lions share of its money from selling gas across Europe, attack an EU member and they would instantly lose all that income.
I'm not sure where Stephen is coming from with China and the racial aspect either. I don't see them laying claim on Penang or Singapore where the majority populations are Chinese.
The Chinese may not have the same views on race as we do. Nor may the Africans. Nor may the Russians. Nor may the Arabs. and so on.
I don't know, so I am trying not to make assumptions either way.
I do know that people are people, wherever they come from, and so if we in the west could use notions of superiority to justify our exploitations and expansions, so can any other region.
You would know more about that as you are in Asia, so your opinion would be interesting.
On that note, I am interested in seeing how Europe's relationship with China and the far East develops generally. It would be good to see a world council develop where each sphere of influence has a representative. The UN has too many delegates to achieve easy consensus. America has 350 million people and 50 states to represent, but it only needs to send one figurehead. The same should apply to Africa, Arabia,Latin America, the Far East, Europe, China, etc.
It's one of North America's strengths. And of course, it brings it's own problems. At the same time, Europe should now be in a position where it could do the same. When it can, we will know that the lower councils have been properly integrated.