Political Media Discourse in China as a Subject of Applied Analysis

social relations in the technosphere

The article is devoted to some characteristics and discursive practices of the political media discourse in China for the period 2019-2021. The aim of this research is to describe political media discourse in China and to present our experience of using the methodology of critical discourse analysis (CDA) and content analysis. The potential key risks of 2021 are associated with difficulties with the international transfer of information, conflicts in cyberspace, as well as the ongoing confrontation in the “USA – China” couple etc. Contemporary linguistics and information technologies naturally involve an interdisciplinary study of national language in multi-semiotic environment, which means synchronous theoretical and empirical analysis of three subsystems` interaction – media discourse, Internet media and politics in contemporary China. In this case language, technology and political discourse together generate appropriate discursive practices. The article examines the ways of applying the methodology of critical discourse analysis (CDA) and content analysis to the materials of the Chinese media sphere for the period 2019-2021. The factual material was selected from three media platforms such as《环球网》 (“Global Times”), 《凤凰网》(Phoenix New Media) and “The South China Morning Post” for a specific chronological period. The research findings not only contribute original knowledge to theory and methodology, but also evoke thoughts about China’s media and discursive practices empirically. The materials outlined in the article can be useful to everyone who is interested in applied linguistics, media communications and other questions in the field of national and information security issues.