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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 2 The discursive reproduction of Chinese and Japanese national identities: Editorials and Opinions of the East China Sea dispute by the China Daily and Daily Yomiuri. ‘China should intensify its patrol off the Diaoyu Islands to protect Chinese fishermen … and it should never compromise its sovereignty and integrity.’ – Op-ed in China Daily, September 10 th , 2010 ‘China's responses to the recent collisions are intolerant. We see ugliness–looking down on one's neighbor and repeating intimidation against Japan ...’ – Op-ed in Daily Yomiuri, September 29 th , 2010 On September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Japanese coastguard ship in the territorially-disputed East China Sea area. The Chinese captain and his 14 fellow crew members were subsequently arrested for violating Japanese territory and detained. The inevitable diplomatic fallout soon followed and every detail was followed and reported by the media from both countries: the Japanese ambassador was summoned in the middle of the night for a dressing down; flag-waving residents protested outside embassies; citizens from both nations marched in the streets; and politicians on both sides urged government leaders to take strong affirmative action. Some scholars claim that the advent of globalization means that the ‘nation-state’ is losing its relevance (Ōmae, 1995) and it is “on its last legs” (Appadurai, 1996). Some also say that journalism is entering a “global” era, which is leading towards the trend of deterritorialization of news and the convergence of working practices, norms and values among journalists (Reese, 2008). While these arguments have merit and there is evidence to show that the processes of globalization are affecting countries and journalistic practices in tangible ways, the two illustrative headlines at the top of this page suggest that the ‘nation’ as a mental construction is still strongly rooted and continually reproduced by newspapers that purport to cater to an international and cosmopolitan readership. Using critical discourse analysis, this study explores how national identities and ideologies are discursively constructed and reproduced by the China Daily and the Daily

Authors: Chan, Michael.
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News, identity and ideology 2
The discursive reproduction of Chinese and Japanese national identities: Editorials and 
Opinions of the East China Sea dispute by the China Daily
 and Daily Yomiuri.
‘China should intensify its patrol off the Diaoyu Islands to protect Chinese fishermen … and it should never 
compromise its sovereignty and integrity.’ – Op-ed in China Daily, September 10
th
, 2010
‘China's responses to the recent collisions are intolerant. We see ugliness–looking down on one's neighbor and 
repeating intimidation against Japan ...’ – Op-ed in Daily Yomiuri, September 29
th
, 2010
On September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Japanese coastguard 
ship in the territorially-disputed East China Sea area. The Chinese captain and his 14 fellow 
crew members were subsequently arrested for violating Japanese territory and detained. The 
inevitable diplomatic fallout soon followed and every detail was followed and reported by the 
media from both countries: the Japanese ambassador was summoned in the middle of the 
night for a dressing down; flag-waving residents protested outside embassies; citizens from 
both nations marched in the streets; and politicians on both sides urged government leaders to 
take strong affirmative action. 
Some scholars claim that the advent of globalization means that the ‘nation-state’ is 
losing its relevance (Ōmae, 1995) and it is “on its last legs” (Appadurai, 1996). Some also 
say that journalism is entering a “global” era, which is leading towards the trend of 
deterritorialization of news and the convergence of working practices, norms and values 
among journalists (Reese, 2008). While these arguments have merit and there is evidence to 
show that the processes of globalization are affecting countries and journalistic practices in 
tangible ways, the two illustrative headlines at the top of this page suggest that the ‘nation’ as 
a mental construction is still strongly rooted and continually reproduced by newspapers that 
purport to cater to an international and cosmopolitan readership. 
Using critical discourse analysis, this study explores how national identities and 
ideologies are discursively constructed and reproduced by the China Daily and the Daily 


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