What shapes Americans' opinion of china? Country characteristics, public relations and mass media

Xiuli Wang, Pamela J. Shoemaker

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Abstract

This study looks at the effect of China's political freedom, economic development and public relations efforts on the US media's coverage of China, and on Americans' opinions of China in the past 30 years. China's political freedom was found to be significant in predicting US media coverage of China and Americans' opinion of China, with more freedom leading to more positive coverage and more favorable opinions. More positive news coverage is related to more favorable American opinions of China when controlling for political and economic development and for public relations efforts. The number of public relations contracts China has signed with the US is also related to the increase in positive US media coverage of China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • China
  • Country characteristics
  • Foreign public opinion
  • Mass media
  • Public relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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