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Title: Media representations of China: a comparison of China daily and financial times in reporting on the belt and road initiative
Authors: Zhang, L
Wu, D 
Keywords: China Daily
China's image
Corpus-assisteddiscourse analysis
Financial Times
Media representation
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Critical arts, 2017, v. 31, no. 6, p. 29-43 How to cite?
Journal: Critical arts 
Abstract: Utilising critical discourse analysis with corpus-assisted methods of analysis, this study examines the representation of China by English-language newspapers in China versus media in the UK. The study focuses on the linguistic realisation of attitudinal meanings in news reports about the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative. A sample of news reports by China Daily and Financial Times, dated between March 2015 and March 2016, was collected. Assisted by the corpora and corpus software AntConc and ConcGram, the study first investigated themes from the headlines and key paragraphs in the corpora of China Daily and Financial Times and then compared the classification scheme of the lexis using the concordance lines of key concepts in the Belt and Road Initiative in the two corpora. It was found that China Daily, like other Chinese mainstream media, has attempted to emphasise the initiative's positive attributes and construct positive images of China as a peace-loving nation, an international cooperator, and an emerging global economic and responsible power. Images of China as represented in Financial Times are mixed and conflicting: on the one hand, China is portrayed as having a significant impact on the global economy; on the other hand, images of China as an authoritarian state, a militant and obstructive force, and a geopolitical threat prevail. The paper concludes with a recommendation that China continues to develop a locally grounded and globally minded media practice, in parallel with its renewed efforts to underline the power of Chinese culture in national development and international politics.
ISSN: 0256-0046
EISSN: 1992-6049
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2017.1408132
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