James Farrer: Nationalism Pits Shanghai Against its Global Ambition
As China’s center for foreign investment and cosmopolitan culture, Shanghai provides an intriguing case study on the intersection of globalism and nationalism, writes James Farrer. During the recent wave of anti-Japanese protests, demonstrators’ voices alternated between an intensely nationalist rhetoric and a more subdued, moderate internationalism. And as for government reaction to the protests, while the Beijing leadership saw no need to address affected business owners, the city – after failing to intervene – summarily reacted with apologies and offers of compensation.
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