Where does Afghanistan fit in China’s grand project? A content analysis of Afghan and Chinese news coverage of the One Belt, One Road initiative

Azeta Hatef*, Rose L W LUQIU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

One Belt, One Road is a political and economic initiative developed by China to revive ancient trade routes in an effort to encourage international trade. One Belt, One Road will increase China’s economic reach but also promises to improve the political and economic standards of countries involved in the program. The initiative holds transformative opportunities for Afghanistan, as the country continues to experience political and economic instability. One Belt, One Road, though is met with differing perspectives, where critics of the initiative point toward China’s exploitative desires. Through content analysis of China’s People’s Daily and Global Times as well as Afghanistan’s Khaama Press, this article suggests China and Afghanistan’s involvement in the One Belt, One Road initiative is rooted in vastly different interests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-569
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume80
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • content analysis
  • One Belt One Road

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