Internal Tensions Fuel Dispute – Nationalist protests over China’s island row with Japan deflect attention from domestic problems, analysts say.

According to Professor Xia Ming—a political science teacher at the College of Staten Island in New York, “I think [Beijing] is proceeding according to the dictates of domestic politics. Right now, we have the 18th Party Congress and the leadership succession, and some sources are saying that the military wants to use this as an excuse to change the balance of power.” Read more at>