Analyzing the Sinophone
                                    Narrative on the Russian
                                    Invasion in Ukraine

Analyzing the Sinophone Narrative on the Russian Invasion in Ukraine

International academic online conference

Kyiv time 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Panel 1

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Carsten Schäfer

University of Cologne

Narratives on the war in Ukraine in the overseas Chinese weekly “Ouzhou Shibao”

The paper takes the example of the “German edition” (deguo ban) of the Chinese language weekly “Ouzhou Shibao”; this edition targets Chinese migrants in Germany, France, England, Austria and Italy. It analyses the newspaper’s narratives on the war in Ukraine in the period between February and August 2022. The paper asks: How is the war depicted in the weekly? How are China, Russia and the West depicted? What are the motives behind these narratives?

Yevheniia Hobova

Yevheniia Hobova

A. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Ukraine’s place in the war: an analysis of Chinese state media coverage in spring 2022

Abstract: Using materials from the first three months of war, we analyze how the view of the conflict was developing in the Chinese media and how Ukraine was framed in it.

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Panel 2

Tanina Zappone

Tanina Zappone

University of Turin

Chinese Government narratives on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The role of Foreign Ministry spokespersons’ regular press conferences

The study proposes to employ the methodology of Corpus Linguistics to indagate how Foreign Ministry spokespersons describe the role of PRC in the conflict. Drawing upon the definition of national role identity proposed by Holsti (Holsti 1970), the analysis aims to provide insights on how China’s leadership conceives and constructs at the discourse level the country’s role and those of others parties involved, so contributing to the ongoing debate on PRC’s “international positioning” (guoji dingwei 国际定位) and its transition towards a major country’s identity (Pu 2019, Smith 2021).

Oleksandra Stryzhak

Oleksandra Stryzhak

Tsinghua University

How Chinese academic and analytic community sees Russian invasion in Ukraine

The Russian invasion in Ukraine has been greatly discussed and debated in the Chinese academic and analytic community. As the war progressed in time, scope and armors, focuses of observation have changed too – mainly from why/how the war started towards a broader debate about new world order, security problems, future conflicts and relations between China, Russia, and the West.and relations between China, Russia, and the West.

Hu Zichen Dong Zhigang Xu Botao

Zichen Hu, Zhigang Dong, & Botao Xu

London School of Economics

China’s diverse narratives of the Russo-Ukrainian War and its strategic dilemma with the US and Russia

In the lens of political economy of media, this research project compares and contrasts two China’s English-language media, China Global Television Network (CGTN) and China Daily Global, in their narratives of the the early stages of Russo-Ukrainian War.

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Panel 3

António dos Santos Queirós

António dos Santos Queirós

University of Lisbon

Ukraine conflict and Russian invasion, and China’s claim for a new strategy to international system

Our study seeks to understand the China's strategy for the international system in three aspects: First, what mean to Chinese leaders upholding the international system. Second, what represents to promote reform of the international governance system. And third, what is the further develop the international system for the global economy, finance, and emerging sectors and for regional cooperation mechanisms, that China defends.

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Petro Schevchenko

Jilin University

Russo-Ukrainian war prerequisites perception in China: information control, mass media reasoning and “America the Great Satan” narrative

The Chinese pro-Russian media position strongly correlates with its anti-American sentiment, according to which Beijing wants to 1) have revenge on West for the “century of humiliation”; 2) replace the USA as regional leader in East Asia; 3) promote Chinese position on the globe, becoming world economic center.

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A. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies
Ukrainian Association of Sinologists
Helvetica Publishing Group