ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Chinese aircraft perform during a massive military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015.

Why Xi Jinping is fanning the South China Sea crisis

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has continued to up the ante in the South China Sea dispute in a bid to overhaul a military whose dominant army has vehemently resisted change.

"To put it simply, Xi Jinping's major reforms of the People's Liberation Army are a form of 'army bashing,'" said an old cadre of the Chinese Communist Party. "They are closely related to his hard-line stance on the South China Sea issue."

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more