China’s Rise and the World’s Response: How is Chinese Expansion Portrayed in Media?

Authors: Chase Womack*, University of North Alabama
Topics: Political Geography, China, Asia
Keywords: Political Geopolitics, China, Asia, Media, Soft Power, Rising Powers
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This study examines China’s expansion in the Pacific Ocean, especially in the South China Sea, and how this expansion is portrayed in local media. China’s interventions in the Spratly and Paracel islands have the potential to cause regional and global disruption. What impact will China’s continuing expansion have on global power relations? Using a content analysis of various broadcast, print, and online news sources, I will identify how the populations of these states have reacted to Chinese expansion. Does non-Chinese media reporting suggest that China’s expansion an issue of concern? Or is this issue largely ignored? My results will indicate levels of awareness and concern in states inside and outside the region, and may help to understand why China has been able to occupy most islands of the South China Sea without facing any significant international response.

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