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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Maritime Awareness Project

Looking for more information on the disputed waters of East Asia?

Check out the MAPMaritime Awareness Project—created by Saskawa USA and the National Bureau of Asian Research, whose partnership has provided an innovative platform for analysis and data on maritime security.

There are, of course, various competing claims by different countries over sets of islands on the Pacific Ocean—claims that don’t appear to be going away anytime soon—specifically in the East and South China Seas that have helped nations come perilously close to igniting a war with various space infractions.

Scrambling jet fighters, sea vessels… stand-offs…

It’s not just over a hunk of rock, or one country claiming sovereign rights over it because it plays an important role in that country’s historical and heritage make-up.

Let’s cut the b.s…. this is all about extending one’s land and sea rights.

In the case of Japan, it believes that it can better protect itself by keeping countries like China and Russia as far away as possible.

China - brilliant as always - has created artificial islands from its mainland in an effort to extend its claim to more international “property”. Legal or not, it was a very smart ploy, that had me shaking my head at the audacity of China, but also the balls in hoping it could get away with such a brilliant idea.

For every faraway island owned, that country gets to extend its legal right to keep other country’s out of their air and sea space. An extra 100-kilometers, I believe, in all directions.

Anyhow, with the uptick in nations antagonizing each other by “accidentally-on-purpose” crossing known boundaries (trust me, with today’s navigation and mapping available, there is NO way anyone should ever accidentally cross into a no-go space), the Maritime Awareness Project is exploring in greater detail the security issues of the Asia-Pacific area, eventually (they hope) expanding their analysis into other global bodies of water.

For the Maritime Awareness Project, its purpose is to set maritime developments in broader perspective to give everyone a full understanding of just what is at stake at sea.

Yes, a wider range will allow fisherman to hit new harvest sites, while distant islands will allow countries to add an air force or naval base or, if they choose, spying equipment to keep tabs on other countries. Economics and security.

I still say that the heavily disputed islands should be turned into an economic zone for all involved.

Whether its to create a “bank haven” like Switzerland has, or perhaps to create tax-free gambling islands for tourists, participating countries can make a lot of money with very little investment and save a lo9t of money by not having to battle one another with their so-called air- or sea-superiority.

Heck, create your own Jurassic Park, if you can. However, unlike those books and movies, do NOT make all the dinosaurs female. I’ve owned tropical fish - guppies, mollies, swordfish - where because of a lack of males, the females (even those currently pregnant) have transformed its fan-shaped anal fin into a rod-shaped gonopodium (a penis, if you will), effectively turning the female fish into a male. I’m not kidding here. It happens, and it happens often.

Nature will win out.

I’ve never seen a tropical fish alter its sex from male to female. Make all the dinos male… you can control the breeding that way.  Anyhow… that’s neither here nor there

To visit MAP—the Maritime Awareness Project, click HERE.

Saskawa USA, aka the Saskawa Peace Foundation USA is a group the provides research and analysis of data leading to a better public understanding of relations between Canada and the United States of America. More information HERE.

Man… did I get sidetracked for a moment. But seriously… if someone created a Jurassic Park, wouldn’t you want to see living dinosaurs? It could be another case of life imitating art.

Andrew Joseph

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