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By Cal Widdall (republished from Tokyo Desu).
An adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that Japan and China need “rules of the game” concerning the Diaoyu Islands, possibly confusing the potential trigger of WW3 with a Command & Conquer marathon he played over the weekend.
It’s not clear what specific ‘rules’ the adviser, named Shotaro Yachi, was suggesting. Perhaps he wants to turn the dispute into some kind of tower defense game, in which the Japanese Coast Guard has a certain amount of time to build up the islands’ fortifications before the P.L.A. attacks in increasingly difficult waves and occasional ‘boss stages’.
Maybe he’d like to introduce forfeits for the loser: a finger of sake for each plane shot down, a public Facebook/Weibo apology if you lose five in a row. Alternatively, he might simply think that throwing a few bears onto the island would spice things up a bit.
All we have to go on is this statement, in which he appears to imply that the Cold War would be an excellent diplomatic template to emulate:
“During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union had such ‘rules of the game’ to avoid a possible conflict. We can learn a lesson from their experience.”
We’d like to suggest a ‘rule’ where the representatives of two of the world’s most powerful nations pretend to be adults, sit down with each other, and talk things over.