Framing China’s Belt and Road Initiative by U.S. and Indian news media (2013–2018)

Shanshan Niu, Jeannine E. Relly

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is regarded as China’s new silk road, has attracted worldwide attention since it was proposed by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013. News framing of the BRI in the United States and India plays a significant role in shaping people’ s understanding and attitudes toward China. The economic aspect of the project was the most frequently used frame. The overall negative tone indicated that the two largest democracies focused more attention on the potential threat and negative impacts of the BRI as Sino–U.S. relations deteriorated and the conflict between China and India increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-287
Number of pages18
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • China
  • Indian news media
  • U.S. news media
  • economic project
  • framing
  • geopolitical expansion
  • superpower

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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