China has been willing to compromise on land disputes, but those at sea are another matter. The reasons include the strategic value of islands as a location from which to project power, the nation's historically weak position in the Spratly Islands, internal jockeying for resources, a lack of treaties and domestic political pressure arising from a nationalistic and better-informed citizenry.
Opinion: A view of Shanghai Disneyland through Chinese and Western eyes
Author Alec Ash felt "underwhelmed" by the experience at the new Disney park in Shanghai, but for younger and older Chinese, the place represents a window onto the broader world.
More from SupChina
Wednesday, October 26
Fan dancers in Shanghai
Oct 26, 2016