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How ready is China for a China-style world order? China's state media discourse under construction

Zhang, Xiaoling

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Xiaoling Zhang

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What exactly is the China-style world order that Chinese officials and intellectual elites have recently been talking about, and how ready is China for it? An examination and analysis of discourses on ‘Africa Live’ on CCTV Africa, the first overseas news center of China Central Television (CCTV), yields some highly noticeable features and significant themes, confirming that although China has shifted from a low-profile approach to a more assertive one, in an attempt to change the global order, its verbal challenge and sometimes harsh criticism of the American-led international system is accompanied by an obvious absence of a clear vision of what the new world order should be like. This lack of a clear vision may be due to the fact that the Chinese discourse on world order is still a work in progress, constrained by internal practices, and Africa is its testing ground for the construction of a discourse that China envisages as an alternative.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 13, 2013
Journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
Print ISSN 0256-0054
Electronic ISSN 0256-0054
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 3
Institution Citation Zhang, X. (2013). How ready is China for a China-style world order? China's state media discourse under construction. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 34(3), doi:10.1080/02560054.2013.834834
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02560054.2013.834834
Keywords international community, new world order, Sino-African relations, soft power, state media discourse, testing ground
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2013.834834
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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