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Forum divided on China’s push for political dialogue

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

In 2002, Chinese society was relatively stable with fewer protests, but rapid economic growth over the past decade has given rise to different social needs and sparked mounting discontent over corruption, environmental degradation and other issues, he said.

The government may look for a way to divert attention from the country’s domestic ills, and nationalistic displays could be an option, he said.

“The concern now is that domestic unrest could lead China to adopt a more aggressive foreign policy,” Tsai Ming-yen said.

China’s handling of tensions over the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台), when it stoked anti-Japanese nationalistic fervor and made a show of force in waters near the disputed East China Sea islets, was an example of what the future might hold, he said.

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