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China's Risky Return to Nationalism

Zhixing Zhang
Senior East Asia Analyst, Stratfor
Oct 18, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
This picture shows a Chinese demonstrator throwing back a tear gas bottle during an anti-Japan protest in September 2012.

Despite Beijing's apparent hand in stoking the 2012 anti-Japan protests (pictured above), the violent riots that broke out across the country spun far beyond the government's control.

(AFP/AFP/GettyImages)

Chinese nationalism is once again on the rise. From the public military spectacle showcased at the Oct. 1 National Day parade, to the recent slew of boycotts against foreign firms for their perceived support of the Hong Kong protests, a burst of patriotic fervor has increasingly made its way into...

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