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China and Japan Threaten War: Are You Ready?

A brewing regional conflict could quickly expand into a broader war.

"War is the father of all and king of all," Heraclitus observed.

War has at its heart competition, which is the driver of ideas, inventions, commerce, institutions, and nations.

Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can only be maintained by acknowledged supremacy or equal power.

We are more than fortunate to live in one of the longest-running eras of relative peace in human history.

Our times are an outlier when it comes to the lack of war.

Nevertheless, we shouldn’t let our guard down and assume that human nature has radically changed: that widespread peace is the new status quo.

Prudence -- and history -- dictate that while we should enjoy the peace, we should be even more vigilant about the prospects of war.

A series of disturbing events over some seemingly irrelevant islands in the East China Sea are pitting Japan against China.

It could provide the kindling for a wider conflict that could ultimately involve North and South Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.

How is your company prepared to deal with this potentiality?

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on Jan 24, 2013

If this conflict proceeds, the implications for business could be staggering. The United States may become trapped between a rock and a war place. China holding financial control, yet Japan holding alliances, the US faces some tough decisions in this struggle. Could China cut off investment in the US if we step in for Japan? Could Japan cutoff technology exports if we don't step in on their behalf?

Troubling questions arise from both nations for business, yet these challenging times are what makes business thrive... world forces such as these and the shaky EU will cause some major shifts in the global business environment over the next few years... what a great time to step up and lead the way!

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