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China’s View on the Belt and Road Initiative: An analysis of the Chinese government’s framing of the project and its responses to internationally raised criticisms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates how the Chinese government frames the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) between 2013 and 2018, how it responds to criticisms that the international community has directed at the project, and how this changes discursively over time.

On the basis of previous research and using Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, the results show that the government frames the BRI both as an extraterritorial project, and as asinocentric and territorial project. It changes its way of framing the BRI over time, for instance from framing it as a regional project in the beginning of the period, to framing it, to a greater extent, as a global project at the end of the period. The BRI is also framed as being able to create an international cooperation platform in 2017 and 2018, a keyword frame which was not expressed prior to 2017. The discursive changes are shown to affect the social practice, as the self-confidence in China’s foreign policy has increased. The way in which the BRI is framed confirms the international community’s criticism about China trying to gain hegemony and influence in the world order through the project. The results show that the Chinese government responds to the international community’s criticisms mostly in a neglective way, but acknowledges it to some extent. The government does however not adapt to the criticisms.

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2019. , p. 63
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385905DiVA, id: diva2:1326324
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Political Science
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Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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