Rallying Round The Chinese Flag

Beijing is fanning the flames of nationalism--ever so carefully

Across the Chinese world, nationalism is on the rise. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, anti-Japan groups are calling for boycotts of goods from Japan to protest Tokyo's claims to a tiny chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea. In Beijing, students are going online to voice their anger at Japan's claims to the islands, which Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu. In San Francisco and Vancouver, thousands of overseas Chinese are marching to denounce Japan. In the waters off the islands, protesters have even dodged Japan's coast guard as they attempt to tear down a lighthouse erected by Japanese right-wingers.

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