As we worry about just how belligerent the Chinese are getting, and about a prominent Chinese businessman’s overly optimistic opinion that nobody’d care if China took the Senkaku Islands with a “surgical strike”…

…it’s not comforting to ponder that Chinese who believe in traditional five elements fortunetelling are of the opinion that Yang years of the Wood Horse are associated with war — and “fast victories.” It is a year to stick to one’s principles — which in this version means not negotiating and running over other people.

And unfortunately, the examples picked are the year of Dien Bien Phu (which the Chinese wouldn’t think was a bad thing) and the year of the Japanese destroying China’s fleet in the Sino-Japanese War.

So yeah, there’s a happy cheerful look into what’s going through some people’s minds in China.

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