Did China Murder a Japanese Ambassador?

As China makes moves to militarily seize Japanese territory and the Chi-Coms organize domestic protests to whip their population up into a frenzy for the coming war a Japanese ambassador to China has died of an unspecified” illness.

From Bloomberg:

Japan’s new ambassador to China died this morning following an unspecified illness, the Foreign Ministry said today, five days after his appointment amid an intensifying territorial dispute between the two countries.

Incoming envoy Shinichi Nishimiya, 60, was hospitalized on Sept. 13, the ministry said at the time. Nishimiya collapsed and lost consciousness near his Tokyo home, Kyodo News reported, without saying where it got the information.

Tensions between Asia’s two largest economies have risen over rights to uninhabited islands in the East China Sea known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The Japanese government nationalized the islands last week and China dispatched six government vessels to nearby waters.

Japan announced on Sept. 11 that Nishimiya would replace Uichiro Niwa, the first private-sector appointee to become ambassador to China. Niwa’s car was blocked and the Japanese flag attached to it ripped off by assailants in Beijing last month.

Japan’s foreign minister and defense chief returned to Tokyo yesterday, cutting short a visit to Australia as anti- Japanese protests flared up across China.

Sounds suspicious to me. I’m betting China is waiting for things to blow up in the Middle East so they can start making moves on our allies in Asia.

h/t Once Upon the Time in the West

Venezuela Holding American Vessel Hostage!

They claim this is about arms trafficking but this is a test run to see what the American response will be to Chavez thugs getting into piracy and blackmail. A weak president like Obama encourages this.

From Forbes:

The Venezuelan government has seized a U.S. flagged ship and detained its captain for more than a week.

Since August 29 the ship Ocean Atlas has been at port in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where it docked to unload a cargo of equipment. Yet after four hours in port, the ship was boarded and searched by armed security personel, and the captain was detained on suspicion of trafficking in arms or drugs.

The rest of the crew of 15 Americans has remained on board under guard. According to a well-placed source arrest warrants have been issued for all of the crewmembers, who are to be taken off the ship for questioning.

Forbes also has a number of statements made by a crew member via Facebook. This is a clear provocation that Democrats will let go unanswered, encouraging further outrages by the communist regime there.