Nationalism, New Media, and China’s Japan Policy:
The Diaoyu Islands Controversy, 2012-2013
Peter Gries, Derek Steiger, and Wang Tao
THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
“Without killing Japanese, I cannot relieve the hatred in my heart.”1
– Xinlang Luntan (Sina Forum) post, 16 August 2012
“In Japan these people are called extreme right-wing fascists. In Germany they are called Nazis. In China they are called ‘patriots’.”2
– Wangyi post, 20 September 2012
2012 witnessed a renewed flare-up of anti-Japanese sentiment in Mainland China. In April 2012, right-wing Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara proposed that Tokyo Prefecture purchase three of the five Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (钓鱼岛) from their private Japanese owner. Chinese nationalists were outraged. “I suggest everyone boycott Japanese goods,” one netizen wrote online at Sina.com. “Otherwise all the money we spend on Japanese goods will be used to buy bullets. If you buy Japanese goods, you are not Chinese.”3 In mid-August, activists from Hong Kong landed on one of the islands, and were promptly detained by the Japanese Coast Guard. Chinese nationalists responded by protesting not just online, but also on the streets of Beijing (outside the Japanese embassy), Shenzhen, and other major Chinese cities.
In early September, the Japanese government purchased the three islands, hoping to diffuse the situation by taking it out of Ishihara’s hands. Instead, many Chinese viewed the purchase as an attempt to “nationalize” Japan’s claim to the islands. “Start fighting!” one netizen pleaded online to the PLA. “There are 1.3 billion people backing you.”4 On the weekend before September 18, the anniversary of the Mukden Incident that led to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931, there were street protests in scores of cities across China. Demonstrators carried portraits of Mao Zedong and chanted slogans like, “Declare war!” Several Japanese factories were forced to close amidst widespread vandalism. On September 18, protesters hurled bottles at U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke’s car and grabbed its American flag, blocking him from entering the U.S. embassy.
The Chinese government then took the unprecedented step of sending armed naval warships to the disputed Islands. In December, a PLA patrol plane buzzed the islands, and Japan scrambled jet fighters. In January 2013, Chinese and Japanese jets appear to have played chicken near the islands, and a Chinese frigate locked its weapons-targeting radar onto a Japanese helicopter and a destroyer.
Did nationalist opinion in China’s new media influence the PRC’s military escalation? Or are China’s foreign policy decision makers wise Mandarins with the smarts to fully manage popular nationalism, perhaps even strategically manipulating it to improve their bargaining position with the Japanese?
A lack of transparency in elite Chinese decision-making puts definitive answers to these questions beyond our reach. This paper argues, however, that the circumstantial evidence is compelling: nationalist opinion is one powerful driver of China’s Japan policy. While elites may sometimes seek to strategically manipulate domestic politics for foreign policy bargaining purposes, the weight of the evidence suggests that the opposite is more often true: CCP elites, concerned above all about maintaining their rule, are responsive to the demands of domestic nationalists. And elites only appear “smart” because the situations that they have confronted so far have been relatively manageable. Instead, Chinese elites have been lucky that events beyond their control – such as the accidents of history that led to the Belgrade bombing and spy plane collision incidents of 1999 and 2001 with the US – have not yet occurred in the context of Sino-Japanese relations. Should one or more Chinese die at the hands of the Japanese navy or air force – accidentally or not – the pressure for escalation and war will likely be more than China’s leaders can manage.
We begin with a brief review of the recent literature on the topic, before turning to a chronological examination of state-society interactions during the Diaoyu Islands controversy of 2012. We find that flare ups of anti-Japanese – and anti-government – sentiment, both in new media and on the streets of urban China, were followed by a clear toughening of the PRC’s Japan policy. This does not prove that the former caused the latter: correlation does not equal causation. But it does satisfy the most basic and necessary condition for demonstrating causality: that a cause precedes an effect.
The paper concludes with some thoughts on why nationalist opinion might influence Chinese policymakers when the CCP so easily disregards and even crushes public opinion and protests on so many other issues. We will argue that because the CCP has staked its claim to legitimacy on its nationalist credentials for over 65 years now, repressing popular nationalists is much more costly to the Party-state’s legitimacy than crushing dissent on other issues. Regime legitimacy, in short, appears to be the key mediator accounting for the correlation between popular nationalism on the one hand, and China’s Japan policy on the other.
Public Opinion and Foreign Policy-Making
Does public opinion shape foreign policy making? In the study of American foreign policy, Aaron Wildavsky’s “two presidencies” thesis was dominant up until the Vietnam War. It clamed that the US Congress largely deferred to the president on foreign—but not domestic—policy.5 With Vietnam, however, partisanship over foreign policy became more apparent. In a longitudinal analysis of survey data, Benjamin Page and Robert Shapiro found that changes in public opinion on international events regularly preceded changes in American foreign policies.6 A new thesis emerged to explain this quantitative finding. It held that since the United States is a democracy, and the elected officials who make foreign policy generally desire reelection, they are attuned to what the public wants. In a comprehensive review of this “electoral connection” argument, John Aldrich and several colleagues at Duke concluded that, “The potential impact of foreign policy views on electoral outcomes is the critical mechanism linking public attitudes to elite behavior.”7
But does public opinion shape foreign policy making in non-democracies like China, where there is no “electoral connection”? James Reilly and Jessica Chen-Weiss have recently taken up this question, reexamining anti-Japanese sentiment in 2003-2005 and anti-American sentiment surrounding the Belgrade embassy bombing of 1999 and the spy plane collision of 2001.
Reilly’s 2012 Strong Society, Smart State examines the relationship between public opinion, mass mobilization, and the Chinese state in the context of China’s Japan policy. Working from the “inside out” (starting with domestic politics), Reilly argues that the CCP has become an “adaptive authoritarian” regime, responding adeptly to public discontent, rationally managing nationalists and then quickly returning to pragmatic Japan policies. Over the longer term, the state uses propaganda campaigns to reshape public attitudes in a manner consistent with its goals. Earlier scholars like Susan Shirk, Peter Gries, and Ed Friedman, Reilly claims, have been too pessimistic about the state’s ability to manage popular nationalism; the Chinese state is “smart.”8
Is the Chinese party-state really as skillful at blending responsiveness, repression, and persuasion as Reilly suggests? Is it “smart,” or was it just lucky that the events of a decade ago that Reilly chose to reexamine were relatively manageable? The viciousness and violence of the 2012 Diaoyu Island protests, and the PLA military escalations that followed them, appear to undermine his claims that Sino-Japanese relations are “relatively stable,” and that “The likelihood of China going to war with Japan is no greater in 2011 that [sic!] it was in 2000.”9 The events of 2012 suggest otherwise.
In her 2013 “Authoritarian Signaling, Mass Audiences, and Nationalist Protest in China,” Jessica Chen Weiss makes a very different argument for International Organization. Weiss chides earlier China scholars as diverse as Iain Johnston, Daniela Stockmann, Peter Gries, Mike Oksenberg, Dan Lynch, Wu Xinbo, Zhao Suisheng, Tom Christensen, Robert Ross, and Wu Xu for suggesting that popular nationalism is an “unhelpful constraint” on Chinese foreign policymakers. Specifically, she claims that these scholars err in treating popular nationalism as “a constraint exogenous to the government’s own actions.”10 Working from the “outside in,” Weiss flips the causal arrow, claiming that it is international goals that drive elite decisions about domestic politics.
Weiss applies IR bargaining theory to China, claiming that Chinese leaders strategically manipulate popular nationalists to signal either resolve (e.g. the Belgrade bombing, 1999) or a willingness to cooperate (e.g. the Hainan spy plane incident, 2001) in their diplomacy towards the US. When a major event occurs which mobilizes Chinese nationalists and creates the necessary conditions for mass protest, the CCP chooses to either “nip protests in the bud” or give a “red light” to domestic nationalists, thus reducing domestic audience costs, or allows protests to develop, giving a “green light” to domestic nationalists, tying their own hands and communicating resolve to their diplomatic foes.11
Since the publication of James Fearon’s “Domestic Political Audiences and the Escalation of International Disputes” 20 years ago, a burgeoning rationalist IR literature on bargaining and “audience costs” has been lucrative for its practitioners.12 Jessica Weeks has extended the bargaining logic beyond democracies to posit “authoritarian audience costs.”13 Weiss builds on this tradition, arguing that nationalist politics within China is primarily about one thing: leadership decisions about what messages to signal to the external world.
The application of rationalist bargaining theory to Turn of the 21st Century Sino-American relations, however, suffers from many of the same empirical problems that it does in explaining international crises elsewhere. Jack Snyder has convincingly argued that bargaining theory is little more than “conjecture,” failing to survive a real world reality check. For instance, historical analysis reveals that leaders rarely issue “bridge burning ultimatums” to increase audience costs and signal resolve. Instead, they usually seek the opposite: flexibility through ambiguity so that they are not forced into a corner from which they cannot retreat.14
In the case of Sino-American relations, Weiss claims that the CCP allows or forbids protests primarily on the basis of international calculations. For instance, she asserts that the Chinese government permitted anti-American protests in 1999 to gain the “international benefits of signaling resolve.” Another possibility, of course, is that with the death of three Chinese and the visible anger of Chinese all around the world, the CCP elite may have realized that it would be too costly to its legitimacy to block the protests.
“Second image reversed” approaches have the potential to add nuance to extant second image work, introducing greater dynamism to our thinking about elite decision making in the context of the two-level game that the CCP elite must play in the making of China’s Japan policy. To argue that elites are primarily driven by international bargaining considerations when making the “red light, green light” decision vis-à-vis domestic nationalists, however, assumes a degree of elite unity and control that, like Reilly’s argument, may be overly optimistic about CCP control of popular nationalism.
Chinese Cyber-nationalism and the 2012-3 Diaoyu Islands Dispute
The 2012-13 Diaoyu Island dispute provides a new and consequential case study to inductively explore the relationship between popular nationalism and Chinese foreign policy.
The Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands are eight desolate rocks lying in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Okinawa, and are claimed by China, Taiwan, and Japan. The sovereignty dispute is long and complex. Chinese claims (Mainland and Taiwan) are based upon historical records dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the 1943 Cairo Declaration stipulation that Japan return all Chinese territory it had annexed, and a “natural prolongation” of the continental shelf argument in international maritime law. Japan’s claims are based on the 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki, which formally ceded Taiwan “and its surrounding islands” to Japan, the U.S. return of “administrative rights” over the Islands to Japan along with Okinawa in 1972, and a “median line” division of the continental shelf argument in international maritime law.
The first major protests over the Islands occurred in 1971, after a September 1970 incident in which the Japanese navy evicted reporters raising Taipei’s flag on one of the islands. Large and vocal anti-Japanese protests were organized in Hong Kong and Taiwan and among Chinese in the U.S. Normalization of relations between China and Japan in 1972, however, included an agreement between Beijing and Tokyo to shelve the dispute for future resolution.
In 1996 David Chan from Hong Kong drowned while trying to land on one of the islands, prompting street demonstrations in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the expression of anti-Japanese sentiment in print in Mainland China. Books like the fall 1996 China Can Still Say No (中国还是能说不) lamented that “China has been too warm and accommodating towards Japan.”15 2003, the “year of Internet nationalism,” was the first time that Mainland Chinese nationalists undertook their own trip to the islands, organizing themselves online, and receiving a hero’s welcome upon their return to Xiamen.
Prior to the fall of 2012, however, Beijing largely restricted itself to reassertions of its sovereignty and non-military actions. For instance, following Ishihara’s April 2012 announcement, the People’s Daily merely reasserted China’s “‘firm and unwavering’ determination in safeguarding its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.”16 Even after a visit by Japanese officials to the island, the official Chinese response was mild, consisting of a statement that Beijing “had ‘raised solemn representations and protest’ with Tokyo over the visit.”17
Chinese deeds had long been restrained as well. The Chinese government had sent fishery and patrol boats around the islands, but never armed PLAN vessels.18 Even after a collision between Japanese Coast Guard and Chinese fishing boats resulted in the Chinese boat captain being detained in 2010, the Chinese government did not send military vessels to the area.19 Prior to the outbreak of popular anti-Japanese nationalism in 2012, it appears that China’s leaders had no desire to escalate the dispute with Japan.
On April 17th, 2012 Governor Ishihara announced that Tokyo would buy three of the islands. “The purchase of these islands will be Japanese buying Japanese land in order to protect it,” he claimed. “What would other countries have to complain about?”20 Beijing’s response was mild, reiterating its position that “any unilateral action taken by the Japanese side would be illegal and invalid.”21 A People’s Daily article added that “Given the complex and sensitive nature of the issue… Japanese politicians at both the central and local levels…should exercise caution in their remarks and should not take any provocative moves.”22
Chinese netizens were upset at both Japan and their government. As noted above, some urged a boycott of Japanese goods. Even at this early stage, however, netizens were already expressing frustration that their government had allowed this to happen in the first place. One netizen commented sarcastically on Tencent that “I might as well support Japan, all China will do is diplomatically protest and condemn.”23 Another lamented that “China is such a big country but pees itself in fear (怕的尿尿). It is very sad.”24
Protests erupted in mid-August following the Japanese arrest of activists from Hong Kong on one of the islands. Chinese netizens began calling for large scale demonstrations against Japan, some even going so far as to criticize the CCP’s “weakness” over the situation.25 One netizen wrote on Sina that “we knew several days in advance that some Chinese would land on the Islands and declare sovereignty. So why didn’t the state send surveillance ships to assist them? They are always so passive, it is too funny. Shameful! (太搞笑了.可耻!)”26 One sarcastic netizen declared on Wangyi that, “China will launch the strongest counterattack: verrrrrrrry severe [diplomatic] condemnation (强强强强强强强强烈谴责).”27 Later the same day, large-scale and often violent protests erupted in cities all over China.28
Following Japan’s perceived “nationalization” of the Islands on September 5th, Chinese leaders appear to have begun losing control of the domestic situation. A great deal of anger, sometimes sarcastic, was directed at the government. “I see condemnations as useless,” wrote one netizen on Wangyi. “I can only congratulate the Great Empire of Japan!”29 Another was more direct on Tencent: “the government has let the people suffer a great humiliation to their national dignity… The government constantly seems to ignore and repress the people’s patriotic sentiments.”30
On September 11th, renewed street demonstrations broke out across China.31 There were numerous reports of damage to Japanese property and Japanese made products in Chengdu, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Qingdao, Beijing, and other major cities.32 Much Japanese manufacturing in China was suspended.33 There was also a decrease in the consumption of Japanese products, such as purchases of Japanese cars.34 Travel between the two countries also decreased.35 This resulted in a slowdown to the Japanese economy that lasted months after the protests ended.36 A September 18 Tianya post explained the rationale (or rationalization?) of many Chinese nationalist netizens and protestors:
Smash hard! Let the so-called rational Japanese dogs and Han traitors (日狗汉奸) not dare to purchase Japanese goods. Drive those Japanese goods out of China… To drive a Japanese car is to dig your own grave (自崛坟墓)… By smashing a Japanese car we can prevent 100 people from buying one. This is how we should calculate the costs and benefits. It is not simply Chinese smashing their own cars. In the short run we destroy our own wealth, but in the long run we cut off the enemy’s road to wealth (敌人的财路) and begin our own path to development.37
This is a clear statement of a willingness to suffer for the sake of revenge.
Many anti-Japanese protests were actually directed at the PRC Party-state. For instance, a QQ message spread around Nanchang in Jiangxi Province called for a protest on September 16, 2013 against “the Japanese invaders.” The 3-4,000 protestors chose to gather, however, in front of the provincial government building (江西省政府).38 Provincial Secretary Zhang Xiaolin came out to speak to them, calling the demonstrators “patriots” and reassuring them that the Chinese government would protect Chinese sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. He was clearly responding to the protestor’s dissatisfaction with their government’s Japan policy. The demonstrators had chanted “Never become Li Hongzhang” (不可再学李鸿章), a reference to the Manchu Qing Dynasty official who is reviled for selling out China to the Japanese in the 1905 Treaty of Shimonoseki.
It is noteworthy that official statements on the Diaoyu Islands were targeted more towards the Chinese people than towards Japan or international/Western opinion. The day after the Nanchang demonstration, the Jiangxi Daily (江西日报) featured a front page editorial entitled “Rational patriotism is more powerful” (理性爱国更有力量). It listed ad nauseam the measures that the Chinese government had already taken to safeguard Chinese sovereignty:
With regard to the Japanese purchase of Diaoyu islands, the Chinese government has undertaken a series of steps to declare sovereignty, and to protect territorial integrity: from issuing a solemn statement, to drawing baselines of the territorial sea of the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands; from dispatching maritime surveillance ships for patrol and law-enforcement, to refuting Japan’s protest; from giving special declaration to the foreign diplomats in China, to depositing the document of the base points and baselines of the territorial sea of the Diaoyu Islands with the Secretary-General of the United Nations; all of this manifests the clear position of the sacredness and inviolability of China’s sovereignty, and indicates the absolute determination of defending China’s territory.
The Jiangxi Daily was not speaking to Japan; it was speaking directly to the Nanchang protestors of the day before, reassuring them that the government was responsive to their concerns, and seeking to persuade them that the government was handling the situation effectively.
The Jiangxi Daily was not alone; Beijing was doing the same thing. “Civility and Reason Display China’s Power” (文明理性展现中国力量), an opinion piece on the front page of the September 18, 2013 People’s Daily, similarly enumerates the government’s extensive countermeasures:
Responding to Japan’s arbitrary move, the Chinese government, according to international laws and conventions, has undertaken countermeasures of different sorts in a just and confident way to declare sovereignty and protect territory integrity: it has issued official statements, drawn the baselines of the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets, sent surveillance vessels to carry out patrols around the disputed islands, rejected Japan’s unreasonable protest, circulated special bulletins to embassies in China, submitted the baselines and related sea maps to the United Nations, and submitted the 200 sea miles outer limits of the continental shelf in the East China Sea to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf… all of these moves not only indicate the mature reason of a great power, but also illuminate the [government’s] absolute and ruthless determination to defend its territory and sovereignty. The countermeasures greatly impair the Japanese goal of consolidating de facto occupation of the Diaoyu Islands, and gain the respect and recognition of international society.39
The People’s Daily is not speaking to “international society”; they are speaking to the Chinese people. Claiming that the Chinese government has won the respect of international society (赢得了国际社会的尊重与认同) is part of an attempt to reassure the Chinese people that their government is doing a good job of defending Chinese sovereignty.
Following this mid-September outpouring of anti-Japanese and anti-government rage on both the Internet and the Chinese street, the Chinese government sent PLAN warships to the Diaoyu area.40 The initial netizen response was largely positive. “Go fight! (打吧)” declared one netizen on Tencent. “At least 90 percent of the people around me are prepared to donate and offer support once war is declared. This represents the heart and will of the people.”41 Another wrote, “Good job navy! Your presence gives us strength… We support you!”42
There have been several military confrontations between fully armed Chinese and Japanese military personnel since then. As noted above, in December Chinese and Japanese fighters shadowed each other in the vicinity of the islands.43 In January 2013 a Chinese frigate locked its missile radar onto a Japanese ship near the islands.44 And in November 2013, the PRC announced an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) including the Diaoyu Islands, prompting firm protests from both Japan and South Korea, and the United States to fly two B-52 bombers over the contested area, which it considers to be international airspace.
The circumstantial evidence thus strongly suggests that public opinion and protests played a critical role in escalating the Chinese Party-state’s response to the Diaoyu Islands dispute. The step up from unarmed surveillance ships and fishermen to fully armed naval warships and the declaration of an ADIZ represents a substantial escalation of the conflict that did not occur until after the protests.
Conclusion: The Nationalist Politics of State Legitimation
Lacking the procedural legitimacy accorded to democratically elected governments and facing the collapse of communist ideology, the Chinese Communist Party is increasingly dependent upon its nationalist credentials to rule. It therefore repeatedly claims to the Chinese people that it will make China rich and strong again and restore China’s respect within the international community.
The party’s nationalist claims, however, are increasingly falling on deaf ears. Few Chinese today appear to accept the decades-old Chinese communist mantra that “only the Party can save China.” Moreover, many popular nationalists are beginning to articulate their own nationalist counterclaims—often employing the regime’s own nationalist grammar—to argue that they have the right to participate in nationalist politics.
The prominence of Mao posters in the 2012 street demonstrations is noteworthy. Mao is clearly a symbol of nationalist pride: Mao is widely seen to have successfully led both the “War of Resistance against Japan” (抗日战争) and the “War to Resist America and Aid Korea” (抗美援朝战争). The Mao posters were clearly a manifestation of expressive politics, allowing the protestors to identify themselves with a Chinese nationalist icon.
Mao posters also served a second and more instrumental function: they reminded the Party-state of the righteousness of the protests. Mao thus served as a “patron saint” of sorts for the demonstrators, increasing the odds that they would not be brutally repressed the way that Falun gong and many other Chinese protestors are.
The CCP is thus increasingly stuck between the rock of domestic nationalists and the hard place of international politics. The tough foreign policies that nationalist opinion often demands can arouse fears among its neighbors about China’s rise, undermining the leadership’s stated foreign policy goal of “peaceful development” (和平发展). Nationalist opinion appears to constrain the ability of China’s elite to coolly pursue China’s national interest.
Chinese nationalism can no longer be described as a purely “state” or “official” top-down affair. Bottom-up popular pressures are increasingly threatening the party’s nationalist legitimacy. As the party loses its hegemony over Chinese nationalist discourse, the hyphen that holds the Chinese Party-nation together weakens, and Chinese foreign policy becomes increasingly hostage to the accidents of history that will arouse the ire of domestic nationalists. Let us hope that our luck holds, and that no Chinese dies soon at the hands of the Japanese—whether at the Diaoyu Islands or elsewhere. The peace and prosperity of 21st century East Asia depend upon it.
4开打吧 有我们十三亿人作后盾 不明白你们怕个啥 难道是怕自己苦心经营的那么多亿的财产不保了http://comment5.news.qq.com/comment.htm?site=news&id=32994362.
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37狠狠的砸，让那些所为理性的日狗汉奸哈日今后都不敢买日货，把日货赶出中国。。。开日本车就是自崛坟墓。到日本旅游就是找死的地方砸一辆日本车可以防止将来100个人再买日本车， 这笔帐要算清楚来，不是简单的中国人砸自己人的车的事情。近期是砸掉自己的财富，远期是砸断敌人的财路，砸出自己的发展之路. http://bbs.tianya.cn/post-free-2775428-1.shtml
38 See http://www.fjtms.cn/thread-124389-1-1.html.
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