In Davos recently, Japanese PM Abe was talking up the world war one centenary re the risk of Sino-Japanese conflict. The Feng Shui masters of Hong Kong have another anniversary in mind:
"The upcoming Horse year is also a 'yang wood' year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm," said Raymond Lo, a practitioner for more than 20 years who has students all over the world.
"So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals."
The combination of a Horse year and a "yang wood" year, which comes round every 60 years, has a record of regional warfare.
The last such year was 1954, which witnessed the Battle of Dien Bien Phu that ended with the defeat of France by the Vietnamese. The previous such year was 1894, which marked the start of the first Sino-Japanese war.
Alion Yeo, another Hong Kong feng shui practitioner, predicted extra turbulence in February, May and August.
"The biggest concern is the disagreement between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands," said Yeo about the disputed islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan.
I always th0ught in feng shui that strategically placed water features were supposed to prevent conflict, not cause it. Maybe it's the confluence of the Daioyus with the plumbing in Tokyo and Beijing that's to blame. Just make sure all the toilets in Zhongnanhai are facing the other way and everything will be fine.