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The Copenhagen Climate-Change Conference: An Analysis Of U.S-China Relations In The Media

Posted on:2011-04-26Degree:MasterType:Thesis
Country:ChinaCandidate:Katherine Lee SimpsonFull Text:PDF
GTID:2166360305997639Subject:Global Media and Communication
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This paper seeks to examine notions of globalisation, nationhood and identity through the case study of the COP15:Climate Char(?)ge Conference. Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) will be conducted on the speeches of President Barack Obama and Premier Wen Jiabao during the conference, and a selection of news articles from Shanghai Daily and China Daily following the conference. The analysis of these sources will illustrate that while the U.S is struggling to come to terms with global expectations for China to lead the world in legalising climate change protocol, China's paramount priority is maintaining her sovereignty, thus foiling the nation's own aspirations for international respect. The notions of globalisation, nationhood and identity will be theorised in the framework of Billig, Hall and Giddens. The continuing Sino-US tensions on display at COP15 will then be contextualised against a historical background of tense diplomatic relations between the two powers. Further, in order to understand the media's role in maintaining notions of identity and nationhood, a media hegemony framework is most suitable, as international public perception of each country's goals and motives are shaped by press coverage of the very incidents and issues that create the delicate balance of diplomacy. While climate change illustrates a key area of attempted global cooperation, it is only one aspect of a larger maelstrom in which China's obdurate maintenance of its sovereignty could risk its respected role as a global player.
Keywords/Search Tags:Globalisation, nationhood, identity, sovereignty, media hegemony, climate change, Sino-U.S. relations
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