A view from afar

How Colombia sees China

Ariel C. Armony

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Abstract

The fast-paced landing of China in Latin America raises the question of how such a complex relationship is being built from little previous contact. Focusing on Colombia's printed media, the article examines the construction of China's public image. A Janus-faced view of China is initially revealed: a growing power perceived as an auspicious trade partner on the one hand; a troubling new actor in the international context on the other. Further analysis shows shades of grey that reveal a multifaceted, continuously evolving image of China that tells us much about both countries. The depiction of China's rising power, whose direction and purpose suggest a paradigm of modernity without enlightment, brings light to Colombia's unsettled accounts with democracy and development. The article sets a launching pad for further research on such mutually constitutive relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-197
Number of pages20
JournalChina Quarterly
Issue number209
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • China's image
  • Colombia
  • democracy
  • human rights
  • Japan
  • Latin America
  • news media

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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A view from afar : How Colombia sees China. / Armony, Ariel C.

In: China Quarterly, No. 209, 01.03.2012, p. 178-197.

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Armony, Ariel C. / A view from afar : How Colombia sees China. In: China Quarterly. 2012 ; No. 209. pp. 178-197.
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