Video: Anti-Japan Protests a Reminder That Not Everything is Changing in China

When Tokyo's right-wing governor, Shintaro Ishihara, started an online appeal to buy a group of islands claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan in April of this year, he rekindled a long-running dispute between China and Japan. The turmoil over these islands — Diaoyu in China; Senkaku in Japan — harks back to more than a century of China's turbulent relations with Japan.

Asia Society Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom weighs in on the recent anti-Japan protests in China and explains how they reflect the fraught historical dynamic between the two nations.

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