You all remember those islands in the South China sea claimed by both Japan and China, that are little more than uninhabited rocks? You remember that China has claimed them(and Japan has claimed them), and that China has established an "air defense" zone over them, and that the USA continues to fly its own flights over them in defiance of the Chinese claims right? and you remember that both China and Japan recently launched large aircraft carriers (the Japanese are calling their aircraft carrier a helicopter supply ship, or some such nonsense, and they might as well call it a hospital ship for that matter, because it's clearly an aircraft carrier). Well, in case you don't remember all that, here's an article to help jog your memory:

US To Continue Flights in Zone Claimed by China

Here's where the islands are located:

Senkaku Islands

Senkaku Islands

And here's what they look like:

Senkaku Islands Picture


Now the question is, why are the three major Pacific powers at loggerheads over three pretty, but essentially useless, rocks in the middle of nowhewre? What's the possible hidden story here?

Well, as always, when major powers fight over such locations they're fighting over the location, but why is location significant here? Well, we can forget about the rocks having any military utility for, say, a staging area for a mainland Chinese major invasion of Taiwan. The same holds true for any Japanese military adventures, and besides, they're not contemplating any, and the USA has no need to invade Taiwan, or, for that matter, South Korea or Japan, since they're already within the US orbit anyway.  So what gives?

Well, one explanation is the usual: energy and other resources close to the islands:

China Claims Defense Zone

But I think there may be, in addition, something else that seldom gets talked about....

I am going to suggest a rather bold and intrepid hypothesis and it has nothing whatsoever to do with any direct military consideration: in the world of high-frequency financial trading and manipulation, be it of stocks, commodities, futures, or currency, where trades are often executed in mere nanoseconds, and positions are held for mere seconds (if even that), the actual physical proximity of servers and computers to the markets they interact with can often mean a significant financial advantage. Now look again at that map: the islands are both remote, forbidding, inaccessible, and also, relatively close to Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul... each a major stock and commodities market, and a perfect place for a regional uplink to satellites linked to other markets.

Now here's a prediction: we can expect similar and other such conflicts to emerge, and often times, they will emerge in the remotest areas of the vast Pacific(and, for that matter, Indian Ocean), and in some cases these regions may not even have any nearby islands, but simply be claimed for the building of platforms to handle the computer traffic of trading....

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. henry on December 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Ben Fulford once claimed there is a ‘secret US military base’ in the said area. He also mentions that a nuclear bomb was smuggled to Japan via ‘a remote island on the Okinawan archipelago’. Certainly, in “You Only Live Twice”,the secret base of SPECTRE is located in a pacific island between Japan and Korea.
    Speaking of ‘there is something other than rocks over there’, i find it rather curious that the recently discovered underwater prehistoric ‘Yonaguni monument’ is rather geographically close to the contested area near the southern end of the Okinawan archipelago’. The evidence of underwater ruins of ancient lost civilization was first discovered by Taiwanese researcher as the area is actually close to Taiwan.
    Given the imperial Japanese archaeologists were the ones pioneered the study of Hongshan culture in inner Mongolia while proclaimed Japan to be ‘Shambhala’, perhaps there is a Japanese version of ‘Ahnenerbe’ given Japanese scholars still maintain great interests and even claim to cultural link to the ‘neolithic’ culture. Culturally speaking, Hongshan culture is the root of Taoist Shamanism which became became the foundation of Chinese civilization, and Taoism, as far as i’m concerned is the legacy culture of “Atlantis”. The ‘evidence’ is the I Ching and acpuncture.

    Also, the Japanese had their own sense of ‘master race’ and their own obsession with ‘Antiquity’ during the WW2 era, and they certainly were allied to the Nazis in Germany which after the war both became intricate component of breakaway civilization, not to mention both of them lay claims to ancient high civilizations.

    Perhaps, there could be another reason behind this island dispute. For quite some time now, Fuldord has claimed that there is a possibility that Okinawa may become independent in the future.
    Years ago, i noticed while discussing with others on an English history forum that there were some ‘Okinawan independence movement’ but it seemed to me it wasn’t something ‘serious’. But in recently time, i can sense a definite ‘change in the air’ regarding this issue, as there are Okinawan politicans not only calling for an ‘Okinawa independence’ but used the example of ‘Ryukyu kingdom’ suggests to me the issue has became rather ‘serious’ as compared to years ago.
    So, the fact Diaoyu/Senkaku island is located in the Southern most point of Okinawan archipelago for Japan, and an ‘entry point’ for a possible influence on the archipelago for China if Okinawa was to become an ‘independent’ political entity.

    And if so, the stake for the US is quite obvious, for its military base in located in Okinawa. Perhaps this is why US sent B52 as a response to the newly established Chinese ‘Air Defense Identification Zone’.
    Which is illustrated also by Adrian Salbuchi’s article “US to China: Stop behaving all sovereign!” on RT’s ‘Op-Edge’
    “To conclude, Japan is a pivot. It should follow the recent examples of China, Russia, Iran, India, and of lesser powers like Brazil and even vanquished Libya: act sovereign! ”
    The word ‘pivot’ obviously is referring to America’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ policy, perhaps the ‘pivot’ is also ‘the pacific rocks’.

    • Sagnacity on December 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

      But there are odd underwater ruins all over the world, for example off the southern coast of India.

      You should read what people have seen off Florida.

      • henry on December 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Graham Hancock, Sagnacity? Then i agree with you.
        “In Underworld the simple new idea on which the whole investigation is founded arises from facts of geology that have been well-known for decades. At the end of the Ice Age, over a 10,000 year period between 17,000 and 7000 years ago — just before the supposed beginnings of civilization — 25 million square kilometers of what were then the most habitable lands on earth were flooded by rising sea levels as the ice caps melted. That’s a landmass roughly equivalent in size to the whole of South America (17 million sq kms) and the United States (9.6 million sq kms) added together. Its an area almost three times as large as Canada and much larger than China and Europe combined. And it’s also an area on which hardly any archaeology has ever been done. How can we be sure, therefore, that archaeology has got the story of the origins of civilization right when so many of the places where our ancestors lived shortly before what we think of as the start of civilization have never been studied by archaeologists at all?”

        But, my emphasis was these underwater ruins in the Western Pacific happens to be in the vicinity of disputed area between China and Japan. And both China and Japan in suspect know something about these lost civilizations of high antiquity.
        I already mentioned that the Japanese were and still keen on the study of Hongshan culture.
        Now let’s see some Chinese ‘awareness’ of this culture.
        The CLEP (Chinese Lunar Exploration Program) Insignia is actually the ‘pig/coiled dragon’ from Hongshan culture,with two footprints inside which formed the Chinese character for ‘the Moon’.

        ‘those islands in the South China sea claimed by both Japan and China, that are little more than uninhabited rocks.’
        If the uninhabited rocks has little to no value, then (resource wise) perhaps there is something ‘underwater’ that is ‘valuable’ for these two nations to risk a military confrontation to contest it.

        So, besides underwater ruins of ancient lost civilization, what else ‘valuable’ is ‘underwater’?
        coupled with the fact that the approved ‘Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust’ for China is located in the Western Pacific, adding that they have already explored the area with their recently announced deep-sea submersible the ‘Jiaolong’ and not to mention they plan to construct a base for heaps of these submersible, i suspect this is about more than small scaled scientific ‘research/exploration’ in the oceans.

        There are other reasons i suspect this ‘valuable’ maybe the cause behind such ‘island dispute’. Such as, besides this island dispute between China and Japan(+Western powers, think American B-52 fly over Chinese ADIZ and Australia’s ‘involvement’) what else is the ‘silly squabble’ between the China and the Western powers+Japan, ‘REE’.

        America often complains about its trade deficit with China, yet the Chinese have been offerring a ‘solution’ to it, ‘end high-tech embargo’. The average lamestream media and brainwashed jingoistic people in the West think its about an ‘enemy state copy/stealing their technology’, while i think its actually about a high-tech embargo by the ‘breakaway civilization’ on humanity as a whole, and the Chinese is trying to force an end to that embargo.
        My suspicion is ‘REE’ is ‘important’, not only to publicly stated ‘high-techs’, but also crucial to these ‘future high-tech’ which probably were part of ‘black budget’ technologies, and i suspect the breakaways have been ‘exploring/mining’ it for quite sometime to support their ‘breakaway civilization’. But now its been contested by other major powers.

        Perhaps, there is a connection between the ‘squabble’ over ‘REE’ in recent year and the ‘squabble’ over these pacific islets between these major powers, perhaps there is something rather ‘serious’ than ‘silly’ underwater.

    • henry on December 9, 2013 at 3:54 am

      “Certainly, in “You Only Live Twice”,the secret base of SPECTRE is located in a pacific island between Japan and Korea.”
      Speaking of ‘SPECTRE’, i just saw this on RT

  2. Reno on December 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    The islands are a gulag for those who follow Alex Jones call to boycott the NFL.

  3. marcos toledo on December 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    You know Mr. Farrell come 2014 is the centennial of the beginning of the Great War that open the twentieth century. Could our banksters masters be planning another since the Central Asian Wars might be fizzling out that open this century.

  4. Robert Barricklow on December 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I hate to see China under the influence of the Rottenchilds’, even if it is flattering the Western elits with imitating “western” financial systems. I was thinking the BRICSAs were moving towards a system that is not as …suicidal. Many of the BRICSAs have “Public Banking” systems for instance.
    A number of recent headlines(including various sources) suggest this “CHINA contamination by Rottenchild design”.
    Of course, what Jack Forbes termed the “wetiko” factors in. One of its symptoms expresses itself as the “super-chicken pecking-order” syndrome, that is manifesting itself, in numerous “western” ways.

  5. DownunderET on December 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    That’s some high octane speculation Joseph, but I don’t think its the right answer. This could be just a silly squabble between two countries who have long memories.

    Then enter the US, and they fly two “unarmed” B-52′ over the disputed islands/air space, go figure that one out. Whatever the outcome of these tiny piles of rock, governments still love to play the scare tactics, and maybe, just maybe someone will fire a shot, and then all hell breaks loose, you just have to shake your head and wish these blockheads would stop these silly games.

  6. Sagnacity on December 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Unlikely, unless the trading position thing is a fake, see developed Tesla (ether based) communications makes satellites completely unnecessary. And very likely all the powers involved know that such tech exists, even if Goldman Sachs, etc don’t have it yet.

    So no communications station needed on a remote rock for real communications gear.

    • jedi on December 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

      well the dirty dancing thing is over….so…lol, a remote rock, my father talked about the rock.

      my death will ensure your death…..and i feel good about it.

      • Sagnacity on December 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm


        Why do you care about my death, or is this something else? A death of two enemies fighting each other?

        Who’s your father in this context?

        • jedi on December 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

          that came out the wrong way…..same father 2 brothers…

          • Sagnacity on December 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

            Ah yes, those who claim descent from Adam, through whichever is the “good” brother.

          • jedi on December 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            good is a point of view of evil, a code of conduct is what is being referred too.

          • Sagnacity on December 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm


            But all sorts of killing is “justified” in what’s called the old testament by some, others use different names.

            So like the adjective “good”, the noun “conduct” sure appears of have differing meanings/results based upon context and point of view.

            What happened to Lilith again–you know, Adam’s first wife?

          • jedi on December 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

            thou shalt not kill.

            one can only be responsible for ones conduct, a man only has one master afterall….if he chooses by his free will to follow a liar, murderer and a thief as his master,,,he is doomed, I keep on giving you credit for being intelligent, but your responses indicates some sort of boxed in thinking disorder.

        • Sagnacity on December 8, 2013 at 9:13 am


          “boxed in”?

          “Thou shall not kill”, it’s a rule, and not followed by many for tens of thousands of years.

          As for “liar, thief and murderer”, I assume you mean Cane, well don’t know anything about any claims beyond murderer, but you see there are people who don’t think Cane existed.

          You’re boxing yourself in with a set of beliefs that to many just describe tales that did not happen. And it’s not simply a matter of some atheists saying the bible is a story, there are plenty of other faiths you’ve ignored.

          Frankly, I tire of those who claim “man has one master”, because in the next sentence those making that claim purport to speak for that “master”–a position which to any serious believer is blasphemy.

          Then as the point about Lilith demonstrates, there are many stories that have been excluded from some variations of the old testament. So you’re quoting a heavily edited source.

  7. MQ on December 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Here in the Bay Area we have Google building some secret (with hints of nefarious!) barge. It’s been hypothesized as a retail floating store, server farm, spy ship, etc. Of course “trading platform” is just as realistic. I’d imagine something sneaky like getting out near some big internet cables and tap into those to run trades. But as a con, you’d be losing milliseconds by physically being further than getting co-located in the broker’s server area near the exchanges.
    Not sure if you recall this, but Goldman Sachs was found to be sniffing other packets on the Verizon network cables (no doubt installed by a network guy who suddenly had a new BMW in his driveway). The sniffer got removed, but I don’t think anyone was charged. And I bet they put in another one at the earliest convenience. Of course, we already know that all the big telcos are in bed with intel agencies. They’d have the resources and access.

    • jcw on December 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I just saw today that the barge in SF is being investigated by the authorities. Google claims that they are floating retail stores but I do not think Maine – the other location – is necessarily a big shopping destination.

      This has been in the works since at least 2007. Here is an interesting article from 2008 that talks about Google filing a patent for a “water-based data center” the year before:


  8. jedi on December 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Looks like a great place for a orchestra too practice…for “sol”itude

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