Here’s an interesting comparison of the most frequently used words in the major Western media headlines covering China in 2017 vs 2018, based on around 30,000 headlines we have monitored. The words highlighted in red in the wordcloud on the left were in the top 20 in 2017 but not in the top 20 in 2018 (“what’s out”). The ones in red on the right are the ones that are in the top 20 in 2018 but were not in the top 20 in 2017 (“what’s in”). Nothing predictive but it says quite a bit about the change in sentiment, prevailing issues and narratives.
What words will be out/in in the top 20 in 2019 ?