Recently, China accused Japan of spreading untrue statements to the media during the summit meetings. China had felt that their sovereignty and territory integrity had been violated.
A diplomat of China, Hu Zhenyue stated that the Japanese should take “full responsibility” for any problems that arise. The question behind this is, why is Japan doing this? According to Hu, the Diaoyu Islands that China has control of was the main problem. Japan tried to stir up trouble by spreading rumors through the media leading up to the summit in hopes of gaining support from other Southeast Nations. Hu felt that the rumors spread by the Japanese lead to an awkward atmosphere created between other leaders in attendance.
In relation to chapter 36, Price state, “the market is so powerful, technology so ubiquitous, that we are often reminded that the process of law making, especially in the field of media regulation, is like building castles in the sand where complex structures will be forcefully erased by an overwhelming cascade of waves”. This quote displays how powerful the media and power of the press truly is. Using media, the internet and different news forms, Japan was able to cause controversy and question China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Source: Chapter 36 – Media and Sovereignty: he Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power – By Monroe E. Price