Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Language

English

Abstract

This article analyses the coverage of the current US–China trade war in the Global Times. Some scholars argue that official nationalism, which stress the unity of the Chinese people, is challenged by popular nationalism, which privileges the dominant Han ethnicity, and that official nationalism is forced to make concessions to popular nationalism. If this is true, then one would expect to find evidence in the coverage of international issues in a ‘popular’ official newspaper like Global Times. The newspaper’s coverage stresses negative features of the USA, but devotes considerable space to the damage that Trump's policies are doing to ordinary Americans. It does not present China as the unique victim of US economic aggression. The coverage stresses broad international agreement for free trade, leaving the USA isolated in adopting protectionist policies. At least in this instance, state-led nationalism remains central and no concessions are made to popular sentiments.

Keywords

China, Global Times, nationalism, trade war, USA

Publication Date

2-2020

Source Publication Title

International Communication Gazette

Volume

82

Issue

1

Start Page

26

End Page

41

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1748048519880723

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048519880723

ISSN (print)

17480485

ISSN (electronic)

17480493

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