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Title: NEWS REPRESENTATIONS OF CHINA’S ARCTIC GEOPOLITICS: A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
Authors: SHAWN LOO BING HUANG
Keywords: China, Arctic Geopolitics, Popular Geopolitics, Frames
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: SHAWN LOO BING HUANG (2018). NEWS REPRESENTATIONS OF CHINA’S ARCTIC GEOPOLITICS: A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Despite being one of the five Asian states enrolled into the Arctic Council as Permanent Observers in 2013, China is often singled out as the geopolitical actor possessing ulterior motives in the Arctic space. Couched against popular narratives of a ‘rising China’ and/or a ‘Chinese threat’, Western news sources have often cast an image of a resource hungry and opportunistic Chinese state within the realm of popular geopolitics. This thesis responds to such alarmist representations by examining the ways in which China justifies its legitimacy at engaging in Arctic affairs. Here, the closely intertwined state-media relationship in China is pertinent as the official news press serves as an ideological mouthpiece for the Beijing to articulate its position on Arctic affairs. Following this, I use a discourse analysis to uncover Chinese conceptions of the Arctic space through its official news agency, Xinhua News Agency (XHNA), and expose the techniques of representations used by XHNA within the concept of framing. In so doing, this thesis hopes to expand the sights/sites of popular geopolitics by harnessing non-Western news in discussing China’s role in Arctic geopolitics.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144157
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