Immediately after the South China Sea ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague was released on Tuesday, nationalist sentiments erupted in leading social networking sites in China calling on the government to go into war.
Nationalist sentiments in times when a country’s sovereign and ego are questioned is an understandable response among the citizenry. But what experts fear is the ultra-nationalistic view amid the ruling that virtually declared China’s position in the highly disputed territory as unconstitutional, the Foreign Policy reported.
Minutes after the decision has been released by the PCA through an official press release, comments from the Chinese calling on the government to go to war against the Philippines have flooded the web.
But in a bid of the government to curb what experts called ultra-nationalist sentiments, the Chinese government is busy taking down comments that basically go into the extreme.
Jessica Chen Weiss, a professor at Cornell University, said that these ultra-nationalist sentiments represent the Chinese citizens’ clamor for drastic solution for the issue in the South China Sea. Weiss, who studies Chinese nationalism, is actively neutralizing this ultra-nationalist sentiments as it could also threaten its control among the populace.
“The South China Sea arbitration itself is an insult to China. Why would we wait for the result for this kind of crap? With such a large military, why don’t we just go fight to get back [what is ours]?” a deleted comment reads as quoted by Foreign Policy.
It can be recalled that the decision of the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague was received with intense opposition from the Chinese government, saying it was null, void, and has no binding force, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
China has also reiterated that it has no intention of recognizing the court’s ruling, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.