Analysis/Commentary by the President of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS), Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, in The Cipher Brief:
Demonstrations in China against the U.S. in the wake of The Hague Court’s ruling against China in the South China Sea are reminiscent of the demonstrations in China when the U.S. accidentally bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade on May 8, 1999.
The only difference now is that China, aware of the international support of this ruling, appears to be concerned about its public diplomacy image and is therefore overtly trying to show restrain by gently discouraging the protesters, with Chinese state media actually “criticizing anti-U.S. patriots”, claiming their actions are a “disservice to the nation” and calling for “rational patriotism.”
Despite these official exhortations, demonstrations continue against U.S. businesses in China, like Apple, Starbucks, KFC, and others. This type of public outcry against the U.S. is not surprising, since the government has encouraged anti-U.S. sentiment. . . .(Continue Reading)