Translation and Exegesis: Chinese State Media for the English Reader: A Case Study of People's Daily Zhong Sheng Editorials on the Belt and Road Initiative

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2019

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Fell, Liska Sophia Brynner

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English translations of Chinese state media allow those with a professional or casual interest in Chinese policy and politics to gain direct insight into Chinese political narratives. For the translator, however, there is a great temptation to alter the language of the text so as to better suit the conventions of English. This thesis employs a “semantic” translation strategy which emphasizes close adherence to the source text in order to reflect the distinctive features of Chinese state media, exploring the benefits and conflicts of such a strategy. It includes original English translations of 15 Chinese language editorials sourced from the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. These editorials authoritatively articulate the Party’s stance regarding the Belt and Road Initiative, a major Chinese economic strategy. It is hoped this thesis demonstrates the value of a semantic translation strategy in providing direct access to primary source material on Chinese political narratives, and in particular on a central subject of Chinese foreign policy in the first half of the 21st Century.

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Chinese to English translation, Chinese translation, Chinese politics, China, semantic translation, New Silk Road, Ren Min Ri Bao, Renmin Ribao, Renminribao, Chinese Communist Party, Communist Party of China, One Belt One Road, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese economics, translations, translation studies, Chinese media, Chinese news media, primary source, primary source material

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Thesis (Honours)

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10.25911/5dea2544d35dd

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