Beijing both Encourages and Reins in Anti-Japanese Protests, Analysts Say

As anger increases over a territorial dispute between China and Japan, Chinese authorities have been playing both sides of the issue by quietly encouraging recent anti-Japanese protests, then publicly reining them in.

Experts point to signs that Chinese authorities have cleared the way and, in some cases, even fueled some of the protests that have erupted in recent days. At the same time, officials have been careful to keep control over the masses, leery that gatherings of malcontents could easily turn against China’s government.

Politics, Society
Protests, Nationalism