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The road to peace - Global environmental system design theory 4 (Building an autonomous decentralized control society)

, Chairman of the World NGO Peace Ambassadors Council, Chairman of the
Japan-Korea Tunnel Promotion Nagasaki Council


3 “Struggle between land and sea” and “Japan-Korea tunnel”

The Belt and Road Initiative (Land and Maritime Silk Road Economic Zone) is the hottest initiative in Chinese diplomacy in 2015. The UK and Germany announced their participation in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), followed by other European countries. Immediately after, it was decided that China and Pakistan would jointly promote an economic corridor, and the "One Belt, One Road" initiative was put into motion.


3.1 World history is a struggle between land and sea

It was Carl Schmitt, a leading German political scientist in the first half of the 20th century, who said, ``The history of the world is a struggle between land and sea,'' and this is exactly what he said. , between the Pacific Alliance (Pacific Rim Economic Zone), which is centered on the T-shape connecting Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Australia, and the Eurasian Continental Alliance (Silk Road Economic Zone), centered on China and Russia. ing. China is undoubtedly at a critical economic turning point. However, the Spratly Islands are located at the weakest point on the American side, where the horizontal and vertical sides of the T intersect.

The Korean peninsula and the Japan-South Korea tunnel have become extremely important passageways connecting the two geopolitical camps. When you look at it this way, you can understand how great value the Japan-Korea tunnel has from both a geopolitical perspective and the creation of an economic frontier.


China's "One Belt, One Road" begins - the country that built the Great Wall of China

Following the Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB), which provides funds for infrastructure development in the Silk Road Economic Zone, China is increasingly moving to lead the Asian financial order. The aim was to strengthen financial institutions in the region and prevent the Asian currency crisis that occurred in the late 1990s. A new organization called the Asian Financial Cooperation Association is being led by China and is inviting countries to join. (as of March 2016)

The construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (Figure 3.1), part of the Silk Road Economic Zone on land and sea, is based on the fact that China, a land-based nation, has historically been afraid of the sea and is seeking a corridor to the sea. By 2030, the project will build a major artery of roads, railways, power networks, and pipelines spanning approximately 3,000 km from Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan, at a total cost of approximately 5.5 trillion yen. The Asian Finance Association's Silk Road Fund will make its first investment in the development of a hydroelectric power plant along the China-Pacific Economic Corridor. China has agreed with Pakistan to lease Gwadar port for 43 years. This is a bypass corridor for the Strait of Malacca in Southeast Asia, which is at risk of being blocked in the event of an emergency. Land-based countries paved the way for sea corridors. (See Figures 3.1 and 3.2 from Mainichi Shimbun)


China relies on the Middle East and Gulf countries for 80% of its crude oil imports, and if a land route from Kashgar to Gwadar is established, it will be able to bypass the Straits of Malacca, which is under the control of the US military. Additionally, in January 2015, a pipeline connecting Myanmar's Kyaukphyu Port and Kunming, Yunnan Province was completed.

Saudi Arabia, which is China's largest source of crude oil imports, has expressed support for the modern Silk Road economy, "One Belt, One Road," and has made a total of 14 projects, including cooperation among oil companies, cooperation in the construction of next-generation nuclear reactors, and the establishment of a framework for counterterrorism. It is said that an agreement was signed.


Additionally, as shown in Figure 3.2E, China agreed to develop a high-speed railway within Iran. Furthermore, ministers from both countries have signed 17 memorandums of understanding aimed at strengthening relations in a wide range of fields, including politics and economics.


3.2 Japan’s path forward – bridging land and sea countries

Collaboration is more effective than competition in increasingly complex trade agreements. ``Cooperation'' in complex systems has the potential to ``emerge'' ``group synchrony'' amidst diversity, and this is a phenomenon that is expressed throughout the ``group behavior'' of living systems.

The arena for international trade negotiations is shifting from multilateral trade agreements such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) to regional trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). However, reaching an agreement in trade negotiations is much more difficult than it was in the 1990s. This is because public opinion is increasingly skeptical of globalization and free trade. Concerns are even greater in countries with weaker economies, as trade deals expose some industries to increased competition and force them to downsize.


The Earth is a complex system, and the content of negotiations is becoming increasingly complex. While many tariffs have already been lowered, the scope of negotiations has expanded to include environmental standards, labor regulations, and even government procurement. Each country has its own culture and political priorities, and this is not a simple tariff negotiation, but rather a complex system of adaptation.

Strong political leadership is needed to overcome these challenges and achieve a trade deal. However, when looking at recent American politics, it appears that many politicians advocate ``economic isolationism.'' Republican presidential candidate Trump has vowed to scrap all trade agreements and create trade barriers. José Mujica (former president of Uruguay) warned the Japanese people not to seek growth. He preached that we should seek happiness.


As the world moves to prioritize trade liberalization at a regional level with strong economic ties, former UK Trade and Investment Commissioner Andrew Khan argues that Huxley's ``What does it take to do the right thing?'' He is attracting attention because he is putting into action the idea that "we must learn whether this is true."

``In the world of trade, the idea that ``if one side wins, the other loses'' must be called economic ignorance. We need politicians who believe that ``free trade produces mutual benefits.'' 〉This means that trade that does not generate mutual benefits is not considered free trade. And isn't this the same as Kinjiro Ninomiya's teachings?


In the name of globalization, everything we do is controlled by globalization. According to Mitsuharu Ito and Eiichi Shindo, American capitalism has become a ``new financial state'' and has transformed into ``financial securities capitalism where money makes money.'' Workers are in a vicious cycle of ``self-exploitation,'' in which the lower their wages, the more their working hours increase. Globalization means that money easily crosses national borders, and while citizens pay taxes, capitalists who monopolize the world's wealth are trying to increase their wealth indefinitely by using tax havens and tax avoidance methods. Instead, as another form of "capitalism and collecting," "optimal design and global environmental system design theory that stabilizes the sense of injustice that destroys social order" cannot be realized through "emergence," that is, "group synchrony." Is it something?


3.3 Conclusion

When popularity is combined with populist policies that do not understand the increasing complexity of society, it becomes even more confusing and creates a vicious cycle. Democracy has two sides: one that seeks to realize the identity of the right to rule and the right to be ruled, and the other that seeks to resist the government. Even if ``justice without action'' such as the Iraq War is justified using the term democracy, it is not good for it to overshadow the whole situation. Therefore, the path Japan should take is to act as a bridge between land and sea countries.


As the land kingdoms, China, Russia, Turkey, Germany, and the sea nations, the United States, Japan, the Philippines, and Australia, begin their "struggles," the "form" of "cooperation" rather than war or competition begins. The construction of the Japan-Korea Tunnel seems to be the best plan for peace and economic development for the Earth, both geopolitically and in terms of creating new economic frontiers for the peninsular countries, South Korea, North Korea, and Japan. By doing so, we will be able to advance the world concept of ``global environmental system design,'' which includes energy production. Wouldn't it be possible for capitalists to be satisfied if they invested there? Money is something that revolves around the world.



Figure 3.1 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (Land and Maritime Silk Road)



Figure 3.2 Land and Sea Silk Road Economic Zone “One Belt, One Road”


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