Logic and Emotion in Public Discourse
Edited by Ofer Feldman
Chapter 4: Xi Jinpings governance philosophy and language style: analysis ofthe Chinese leaders speeches
In China, the speeches of the top leader are an effective way to understand Chinese politics. With the pressure of political stability, the Chinese top leader not only has to express his governance philosophy accurately, but also has to strive to obtain more support. This chapter analyzes Xi Jinping’s governance philosophy in eight fields through the frequency of words in the leader’s speeches database. The statistical results show that the word “socialism” appears most frequently in Xi’s speeches, which indicates socialism as his core governance philosophy. For this reason, his governance philosophy is called “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.” In addition, the chapter selects some key words and sentences to analyze Xi’s language style, including usage of numbers, figurative language, “hot” communication network buzzwords, and quotations of ancient Chinese. Through his language style, Xi gains more recognition and support from the people.
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