Research Lecture Series: Making The World in Our Image: Foreign News and its Mediation of China’s Public Diplomacy Messages



  • Date: April 16, 2019
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Venue: HS436


China’s public diplomacy efforts do not happen in a vacuum because the news media in targeted countries shape and mediate China’s public diplomacy messages. Drawing on critical discourse analysis to analyse news texts and semi-structured interviews with China correspondents, the study provides insights and detailed analysis of the mechanisms involved in the production of ideas and discourses related to China’s representation in the news especially in the Financial Times and the New York Times.
The project aims to give a fresh perspective on how China’s strategic narratives promoted by its public diplomacy face a difficult news media environment because of the latter’s antagonism towards what is felt to be a resistive and powerful authoritarian government.


Dr. Tony Hong
University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Dr. Tony Hong graduated in 2019 with a PhD in International Relations from the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (UNNC). He is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant for a project funded by the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies at UNNC. His main research interest is foreign news media and China's public diplomacy and the question as to why certain representations of China persist in the West despite great efforts by the emerging superpower to change them. Other areas of research include China’s public diplomacy efforts on different social and digital media platforms as well as their effects. At the moment he is co-authoring a Routledge monograph on China’s non-state public diplomacy actors. Previous research included China's soft power through the lens of its traditional culture.