The Belt and Road as Discourse
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AbstractSince late 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been a staple of discussions of Chinese foreign policy. This paper examines BRI as discourse, drawing on approaches in critical geopolitics and discourse analysis. It sets out to explore the BRI as a dynamic, socially-constructed imaginary deployed inside and outside China to shape perceptions of China’s approach to global affairs under Xi Jinping, and in turn to prompt or justify certain behaviours by both Chinese and non-Chinese actors. The paper analyses the language deployed and diplomacy conducted under the banner of BRI, and the ways it has been characterised outside China. It focuses on discourse (and practice which partially constitutes that discourse) at the national level in China, both official and scholarly, complemented with examples of discursive responses to the BRI in selected other countries.
All Author(s) ListTim Summers
Name of ConferenceInternational Convention of Asian Scholars 2019
Start Date of Conference16/07/2019
End Date of Conference19/07/2019
Place of ConferenceLeiden
Country/Region of ConferenceNetherlands
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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