For Immediate Release
Media Relations Coordinator
The Meaning of the China-Japan Island Dispute at
Golden Networking's China Leaders Forum 2012
Building off of the momentum of past conferences, Golden Networking brings back China Leaders
Forum 2012, "Political and Economic Challenges for Xi Jinping, China's President-in-waiting", New
York, October 2nd (http://www.ChinaLeadersForum.com)
(September 14, 2012, New York) This was supposed to be the “Friendship Year of Japan-China People to People
Exchanges,” marking 40 years of diplomatic ties between the World War II enemies, reports Didi Kirsten Tatlow
for The New York Times; what we’re seeing, instead, is deepening dislike, even hatred, over ownership of a
clutch of islands in the East China Sea. Golden Networking's China Leaders Forum 2012, "Political and
Economic Challenges for Xi Jinping, China's President-in-waiting", October 2nd, New York City, will examine
some of the these political and economic challenges facing China nowadays and the long-term opportunities that
will be created in the world’s largest economy by 2016.
While the surface factors are complicated enough — conflicting territorial claims where both sides arguably are
right, because they base their arguments on the logic of different historical periods — what is really worrying
about the anger in China is how it is rooted in nationalism encouraged by the government, commentators, both
Chinese and foreign, say.
Right-wing nationalism in Japan is a major inflammatory factor. The last time Chinese demonstrated on this scale
against Japan was in 2005, over the whitewashing of Japan’s World War II crimes in Japanese history textbooks.
Western diplomats blame Japan for this current round of tension, which began in April when the nationalist
governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, announced the city was considering buying the islands from the family that
owned them. (The Japanese government’s purchase last week aimed at calming tensions by keeping them out of
Mr. Ishihara’s hands. Judging by the reaction, it didn’t work.)
Equally, the reaction on the Chinese street is highly flammable. And that’s related to nothing less than a question
of the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party, wrote Mr. Deng: “For a long time, the legitimacy of the Chinese
government has been based on two things.
“One is high-speed economic growth. The other is patriotism and nationalism,” with the government long
encouraging a virulent brand of nationalism, he wrote. Today, slowing economic growth is weakening the
government’s legitimacy, and “the Chinese government very possibly may become increasingly dependent on
nationalism and patriotism,” he wrote.
China Leaders Forum 2012 will provide attendees with the responses to the above-mentioned questions and the
most up-to-date review of where the Asian giant stands and the challenges and opportunities for businessmen
looking to expand their business with China when others only see growth contraction. Recognized experts,
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efficient and effective networking.
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