United States China Trade Wars
In contrast, China has a superior GDP in respect to the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) measurements. The trade relations between these countries date back to the 19th century. In 1844, President John Tyler facilitated the signing of the Treaty of Wanghia which gave Americans exclusive rights to trade with their Chinese counterparts. For over the years, America and China have maintained close trading partnerships, although the deal has faced headwinds in certain instances. Early this year, President Donald Trump announced that he would enforce trading tariffs on some Chinese products in order to protect the American industries. These news agencies have used different biases based on their geographical locations, personalization, simple narrative, pack journalism, proximity in time and space, relevancy, cultural familiarity, familiar narrative and people, artisan, establishment, negativity, and sensationalism.
Geographical Locations The geographical location of a news agency can influence and generate biases regarding the reporting of any political matter. News concerning diplomatic tension between two countries would attract a favorable reporting from the local media. The local media would always tend to portray the positive side of the host nation. This practice could be attributed to patriotism and nationalism or political pressure. However, they twisted slightly twisted the story to paint America in good light. For instance, the New York Post reported that American firms have been disadvantaged in the Chinese market since the domestic laws require them to partner with the local firms. “American companies have long chafed under Chinese regulations that require them to operate through local partners and share technology with potential competitors in exchange for market access.
” This implies that the news agency is not comfortable with the Chinas directive of controlling the operations of the foreign firms. The Washington Post took a sympathetic role in the saga. This is done to enhance political polarization where readers take sides based on their loyalty and political affiliation. Delivering a personalized content is an excellent editorial strategy as well as a business approach. The Guardian headline, “How a US-China trade war would hurt us all”, was meant to the American and Chinese audience. The article outlined that the emerging trade war between the two countries would hurt both economies and thus no single nation would emerge as the winner (Yueh). The item provides the authoritative statistics and facts that suggest that all economies are set to lose if they implement their respective tariffs jointly or independently.
Pack Journalism Pack journalism is an approach in the news room where journalists from different media outlets report the same story leading to the homogenous of the news reporting (Brown 94). The reporters use the same source to develop their stories. The issues concerning the United States-China trade war has been reported homogenously across different media firms. CNN was one of the leading media outlets to report and analyze the stalemate. The media giant reported that “China fires back, announcing tariffs on US planes, cars and soybeans” (Shane). The United States-China trade war was timely reported by all the media outlets in this story. The news intensified in the morning of 4th April 2018 when Beijing reacted against Trump’s earlier threats. The dailies in the United States quickly picked up the matter and broke the story their online platforms.
Unlike other news outlets, the Vox utilized a larger space to highlight and analyze this political diplomatic raw. The China Daily also gave the topic a special attention by allocating a considerably huge space to cover the story. Vox warned that the proposed sanctions are potential breach of international free trading principles (Aleem). Establishment In the wake of social media they are so many online platforms that thrive on fake news. Some of them are just hanging on the web and it is impossible to trace their officers or owners. It is common fact that established media houses report authentic and reliable news. All the news outlets in this case are seasoned and established. For instance, the New York Times alleged that the United States has all it takes to emerge victorious in this war since the country has more room to target other Chinese products (Myers paragraph 8).
The China Daily also defended the Chinese government by refuting the claims that Beijing undermines American firms operating in China (Weihua paragraph 4). However, the rate of negativity in these news articles is so minimal thus they cannot override the overall authenticity of the story. Cultural Familiarity Cultural familiarity can be defined as something which people can popularly relate with in a given society. The popular culture in the United States is that America is a super power country thus it should be overpowered by any nation in any sector. On the other hand, the America-based media outlets sensualize the American public that the government is up in arms to protect the interests of the Americans. “The United States buys little Chinese steel or aluminum”, writes the New York Post.
Conclusion The trade war between the United States and China erupted early this year when the Trump’s admiration threatened to impose various sanctions on the Chinese products claiming that the move will protect American industries and workers. Beijing reacted immediately and listed some American goods they intend to tax as retaliation to America’s directive. The media in both the United States and China took up the matter and reported for public consumption. " Journal of Media Ethics 33. Chunshan, Mu. "How Chinese People View The US-China Trade War". The Diplomat, 2018, https://thediplomat. com/2018/04/how-chinese-people-view-the-us-china-trade-war/. nytimes. com/2018/04/04/business/china-us-tariffs. html?hp&clickSource=story-heading&WT. nav=top-news&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Business%20Day&action=keypress®ion=FixedLeft&pgtype=article. Nypost. Shane, Daniel. "China Fires Back, Announcing Tariffs On US Planes, Cars And Soybeans".
From $10 to earn access
Only on Studyloop