VOA China 360: What's Behind China's Pattern of Stoking & Quashing Nationalism?
Chinese state media have been trying to stop anti-American protests by Chinese ultra-nationalists. Those protests were triggered by a July 12 ruling by an international court that rejected China's sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. The ruling resulted from a case brought by U.S. ally the Philippines and fueled Chinese ultra-nationalist anger toward America. Why is that anger too much for Beijing to tolerate? Michael Lipin asks Cornell University's Jessica Chen Weiss in this podcast.