China Policy Institute Blog

Sino-Japanese Relations: The Security Perspective

By June Teufel Dreyer. The recent revelation of two incidents in which Chinese frigates locked target radars onto Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (MSDF) assets added a new level of escalation to an already tense situation.   Perhaps in order to avoid inflaming these tensions, the Japanese government revealed the incidents only belatedly on February 5—the …

Anti-Japanese Outbursts and Beijing’s Dilemma amid Territorial Row

by Su-Jeong Kang. Amid ongoing territorial spats between China and Japan, several anti-Japanese demonstrations have been reported across China (see CPI blog here). The latest demonstrations followed Japan’s recent move to nationalize disputed islands in the East China Sea, called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. The group of five small uninhabited islands are …

The Diaoyu Issue: Managing Nationalism, Continuing Pragmatism

By Zhengxu Wang. Inside China, as Beijing tries to get things in order for this autumn’s Communist Party congress, a wave of public mobilisation, no matter for what cause, is the last thing it wants. Having only a few months left in office, the incumbent leadership is in no mood to introduce new policy initiatives. …