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The discursive reproduction of Chinese and Japanese national identities: Editorials and opinions of the East China Sea dispute in the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri
Unformatted Document Text:  News, identity and ideology 19 Chinese Communist Party leadership. (Daily Yomiuri, September 17) Overall, the strategies of justification and dissimilation of both newspapers are premised on certain presuppositions (i.e. avoidance of history, excessive Chinese nationalism etc.) that lack a degree of specificity. Yet, they fulfill important roles in their respective ideological squares by constructing the self positively and the other negatively. Discursive construction of U.S. and Chinese hegemony According to Wodak and colleagues (2009) strategies of assimilation aim “to create a temporal, interpersonal or spatial (territorial) similarity and homogeneity” (p. 33). While the first two commentaries of the incident in the China Daily emphasize national identity differences between China and Japan, the third and fourth commentaries introduces the notion of a broader pan-Asian identity that emphasizes the similarities between China and Japan as part of an ‘East Asian Community’. In the third commentary this is partly achieved by the negative other presentation of the U.S. as a hegemonic power with ambitions to destabilize the Asia region. The commentary begins with the assertion that the U.S. unilaterally and purposively returned the islands to Japan as part of the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 so as to “prevent China and Japan from getting too close and bring ties between the two countries under its control” (September 15). The sheer force of the rhetoric and the negativity of the lexical choices, which was not adopted in any of the commentaries in describing Japan, are shown in extract 10: Extract 10 Washington’s viciously conceived move, a tactic often employed by imperialists, proved useful in serving its interests in the past decades. (China Daily, September 15) The U.S. is not mentioned again for the remainder of the commentary but it

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News, identity and ideology 19
Chinese Communist Party leadership. (Daily Yomiuri, September 17)
Overall, the strategies of justification and dissimilation of both newspapers are 
premised on certain presuppositions (i.e. avoidance of history, excessive Chinese 
nationalism etc.) that lack a degree of specificity. Yet, they fulfill important roles in 
their respective ideological squares by constructing the self positively and the other 
negatively.
Discursive construction of U.S. and Chinese hegemony
According to Wodak and colleagues (2009) strategies of assimilation aim “to create a 
temporal, interpersonal or spatial (territorial) similarity and homogeneity” (p. 33). While the 
first two commentaries of the incident in the China Daily emphasize national identity 
differences between China and Japan, the third and fourth commentaries introduces the 
notion of a broader pan-Asian identity that emphasizes the similarities between China and 
Japan as part of an ‘East Asian Community’. In the third commentary this is partly achieved 
by the negative other presentation of the U.S. as a hegemonic power with ambitions to 
destabilize the Asia region. The commentary begins with the assertion that the U.S. 
unilaterally and purposively returned the islands to Japan as part of the return of Okinawa to 
Japan in 1972 so as to “prevent China and Japan from getting too close and bring ties 
between the two countries under its control” (September 15). The sheer force of the rhetoric 
and the negativity of the lexical choices, which was not adopted in any of the commentaries 
in describing Japan, are shown in extract 10:
Extract 10
Washington’s viciously conceived move, a tactic often employed by 
imperialists, proved useful in serving its interests in the past decades. (China 
Daily, September 15)
The U.S. is not mentioned again for the remainder of the commentary but it 


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