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Originally posted by Kbay at 2011-6-1 18:02
.Playing one power against another is never a good long term political or military strategy!
However it may be a necessary ball play in the short-term framework of politicking.
For small countries, they have to.
If serious conflicts took place among powerful countries, probably many small countries would have to choose the sides.
For example, In World War 2, some small countries chose German, Italy, and Japan cliques, some others chose U.S, U.K, the former Soviet Union, and China cliques. Few of countries could have the netural status like Switzeland.
So, after the war, this 4 countries plus France composed the 5 permanent seats of U.N. security council. The present global social order (including many major rules of values and justice) and many territories were significantly decided by U.S, Soviet Union, and U.K in a series of conferences.
The social order and many territories in Asia, especially in East and South Asia, just after World war were decided by the 3 gigantic powerful countrie plus China. The former Soviet Union presided over Japanese surrender in Korea, north of 38. U.S presided over Japanese surrender in Japan and in Korea south of 38. China(ROC) actually strongly supported the unification of Korea. (The south Korean government were in China before 1945.) China presided over Japanese surrender in Vietnam. U.K presided over Japanese surrender in its former colony.
But short later China slipped into civil war, both politicians in KMT and in CPC focused their political fights inside China. The only 1 sub-organization of U.N. moved from China to Thailand too after politicans in KMT failed and retreated to taiwan. The seat of China was held by politicians in taiwan before 1972. The seat of China was held by politicians in Mainland China from 1972 to the present. China actually lost the special privilege of the victory of Word War 2 and had to make many compromises during this civil war.
For example in Cold war, some small countries had to choose the sides again.