Perry Link, Beijing’s Dangerous Game
"What is it, today, that the people at the top in China want to achieve by stimulating and advertising anti-Japan sentiment? They do not say, of course, so the world must guess, but in broad outline the guessing isn’t very hard. The people at the top, who are used to maintaining a smooth façade, have every reason right now to distract attention from the unexpectedly messy handover of power now taking place, the results of which are hugely important to them."
Photo: Anti-Japanese protesters in Shenzhen, China are confronted by police as they demonstrate over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, September 16, 2012 (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)