Evaluating Pakistani Media’s Perception of Chinese Military Development: A Content Analysis of Pakistani Newspaper


  • Muhammad Ahsan Jamal Muhammad Ahsan Jamal is a PhD Candidate at School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
  • Syed Bahadur Abbas Syed Bahadur Abbas is a PhD Candidate at School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
  • Asad Ullah Asad Ullah is a PhD Candidate at School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.




Chinese Military, South China Sea, Pakistani media, military modernization


China’s military modernization has led to many concerns among regional and international stakeholders. Many countries see Beijing’s intentions to become a military superpower as threatening regional peace and stability. On the other hand, being China’s strategic ally, Pakistan sees its military expansion as a positive change to back its drive to become a regional military power. This research aims to analyze the perception of Pakistani media about the Chinese military by conducting an extensive content analysis of the Pakistani newspaper ‘Pakistan Today. The data helped highlight the Pakistani media’s attitude toward China’s military ambitions. The analysis suggests that Pakistani newspaper projects China’s military might as the balance of power, particularly against its regional rival, i.e. India. The research elucidates that while most Western media coverage portrays Chinese
military activities as a challenge to the regional status quo, Pakistani media exhibits it as important for peace and stability in the region.


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How to Cite

Jamal, M. A., Abbas, S. B. ., & Ullah , A. . (2022). Evaluating Pakistani Media’s Perception of Chinese Military Development: A Content Analysis of Pakistani Newspaper. NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability. https://doi.org/10.37540/njips.v6i1.135




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