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China and Japan Threaten War: Are You Ready?

"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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