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Zhang, W., Du, J. Could State-Controlled Media Stabilize the Market during the U.S.-China Trade Frictions?. Credit and Capital Markets – Kredit und Kapital, 55(2), 153-201. https://doi.org/10.3790/ccm.55.2.153
Zhang, Wenjia and Du, Julan. "Could State-Controlled Media Stabilize the Market during the U.S.-China Trade Frictions?" Credit and Capital Markets – Kredit und Kapital 55.2, 2022, 153-201. https://doi.org/10.3790/ccm.55.2.153
Zhang, Wenjia/Du, Julan (2022): Could State-Controlled Media Stabilize the Market during the U.S.-China Trade Frictions?, in: Credit and Capital Markets – Kredit und Kapital, vol. 55, iss. 2, 153-201, [online] https://doi.org/10.3790/ccm.55.2.153

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Could State-Controlled Media Stabilize the Market during the U.S.-China Trade Frictions?

Zhang, Wenjia | Du, Julan

Credit and Capital Markets – Kredit und Kapital, Vol. 55 (2022), Iss. 2 : pp. 153–201

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Wenjia Zhang, Associate Professor, School of International Economics, China Foreign Affairs University, No. 24, Zhanlan Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100037.

Julan Du, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Room 926, Esther Lee Building.

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Abstract

The China-U.S. trade frictions brought about many uncertainties to the Chinese economy. This research investigates whether China’s state-controlled media played a role in stabilizing investors’ expectations by examining the relations between media tone and Chinese stock market reactions in the context of China-U.S. trade frictions. Firstly, even though the media tone of news on trade frictions did not elicit significant reactions at the market level, those firms heavily exposed to export business with the U.S. produced significant positive reactions to a high media tone of the state media. Secondly, investors, especially SME investors, perceived more uncertainties to the high tones of Chinese media in the early days of Trump’s presidency and reacted negatively to the media’s high stance, as shown in the volatility. Thirdly, after the war was initiated, higher-tone news released from the state-controlled press eased people’s anxieties and stabilized the market, especially for the large caps, leading to lower volatilities in most subsequent stages. Generally, the official media’s tone manipulation is partially effective in preventing a market meltdown and easing investors’ worries.