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China’s image in the Belt and Road Initiative: case study of Pakistan and India

Huang, Haiqing (2018) ACET35
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
National image as one important source of soft power has been paid close attention in China. This thesis examines China’s new national image shaping in the framework of ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same time, how other countries like Pakistan and India respond to China’s self-image are discussed. By using Fairclough and Foucault’s critical discourse analysis, the thesis argues that the Belt and Road Initiative project China as a powerful, responsible contributor with great taking. However, in the case of Pakistan, although mainly positive in media’s reports, suspicion and supervision maintains. As for India’s perception, China acts as an aggressive threat and revisionist power. It concludes that China consciously... (More)
National image as one important source of soft power has been paid close attention in China. This thesis examines China’s new national image shaping in the framework of ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same time, how other countries like Pakistan and India respond to China’s self-image are discussed. By using Fairclough and Foucault’s critical discourse analysis, the thesis argues that the Belt and Road Initiative project China as a powerful, responsible contributor with great taking. However, in the case of Pakistan, although mainly positive in media’s reports, suspicion and supervision maintains. As for India’s perception, China acts as an aggressive threat and revisionist power. It concludes that China consciously exercise soft power to improve its image in BRI, however China’s lack of political credibility constrains its image. (Less)
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author
Huang, Haiqing
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ACET35
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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the Belt and Road Initiative, national image, soft power, Pakistan, India
language
English
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8960031
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2018-10-09 10:25:05
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  abstract     = {National image as one important source of soft power has been paid close attention in China. This thesis examines China’s new national image shaping in the framework of ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same time, how other countries like Pakistan and India respond to China’s self-image are discussed. By using Fairclough and Foucault’s critical discourse analysis, the thesis argues that the Belt and Road Initiative project China as a powerful, responsible contributor with great taking. However, in the case of Pakistan, although mainly positive in media’s reports, suspicion and supervision maintains. As for India’s perception, China acts as an aggressive threat and revisionist power. It concludes that China consciously exercise soft power to improve its image in BRI, however China’s lack of political credibility constrains its image.},
  author       = {Huang, Haiqing},
  keyword      = {the Belt and Road Initiative,national image,soft power,Pakistan,India},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {China’s image in the Belt and Road Initiative: case study of Pakistan and India},
  year         = {2018},
}