There has been much speculation about whether China will democratize and avoid conflict with India in the twenty-first century. Yet, few studies have investigated how contemporary Chinese view India and its democracy. Addressing this gap in the literature, the authors examined Chinese media coverage of India’s two-month long April–May 2014 parliamentary election, the largest election in world history, through systematic analysis of over 500 articles from ten major mass media outlets and over 27,000 messages transmitted on Sina Weibo social media. As might be expected, Chinese mass media generally portrayed India and its elections in a condescending fashion while avoiding discussion of ‘democracy’. However, the authors found a much broader array of viewpoints on Chinese social media including considerable praise for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extensive discussion about the intrinsic and instrumental merits of democracy both in India and in general.
China, India, democracy, viewpoints, social media
Asian Studies | International Relations | Political Science
Journal of Contemporary China
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Devin K. JOSHI, , & XU, Yizhe.(2016). What do Chinese really think about democracy and India?. Journal of Contemporary China, , 1-18.
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