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Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Dr Fang-Long Shih

Russia and China discourse resistance: A discourse analysis of RT and CCTV during Ukraine crisis

With Chang Zhang

Series:  Seminar on Chinese Worlds in Comparative Perspective 

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 6–8pm

Venue: Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE

Chair: Dr Fang-long Shih (LSE)

Speaker: Ms Chang Zhang (Warwick)

Discussant: Stuart Thompson (SOAS)


The burgeoning wave of government-funded international news networks such as Al-Jazeera, Press TV, RT and CGTN marks an emerging media resistance deeply rooted in global shifts in power. Such multi-language news platforms present positive national images, convey benign diplomatic intentions and, more importantly, promote alternative values and worldviews to fill the ideological vacuum in an era in which western liberalism is in decline.

This paper examines the examples of China and Russia – two countries with communist legacies and ascending political power – focusing on how their platforms CGTN (China Global Televisiom Network) and RT (Russia Today) deconstruct and redefine universal values as well as international norms such as democracy, human rights, self-determination, etc., though how they report on critical international political events such as the Ukraine crisis and the 2016 US Election.

From a theoretical persepctive, global media contra-flows are evolving away from a media imperialism paradigm into a soft-power motivated discursive resistance against western media hegemony at a time when world leadership is deficient.

About the Speaker

Chang Zhang is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International studies at University of Warwick. Her research mainly concerns International communication of emerging powers, soft power and media diplomacy.