Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The 18th CCP vs. American Presidential Election

On September 29, CCTV announced that the 18th CCP Congress will be held on November 8, 2012. It is unusual for the CCP to announce the party congress late in September. Some Japanese media suggests that Beijing delayed its decision of the opening the 18th CCP due to the Bo Xilai case. However, this does not appear to be the case. November 6, 2012 is the US presidential election. When the US elects a new president on November 6, it is November 7 already in Beijing time. Meaning, almost 24 hours after the Americans will choose the President; the Chinese will have its 18th CCP meeting, choosing their leaders. Chinese want to make sure who was elected to be president. If Obama was elected, Obama’s policy toward China might not change much. However, if Mitt Romney wins the presidential race, Beijing might have to face a new direction from the White House. As a result, the American presidential race might directly or indirectly affect the Sino-Japanese territorial disputes in East China Sea.

Source: (access date: 6 November 2012).

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