In a globalized world, there is little doubt about the importance of intercultural competences. Yet intercultural communication studies are a relatively young field, which means that there is much to be done. The research on intercultural communication has generally focused on interpersonal communication rather than on the mediated one. There is a research gap to be filled there. Within mediated communication, foreign correspondents play key role in intercultural communication, but their work hasn’t been fully studied from this perspective. That is precisely what I intend to do. By definition, intercultural communication studies can’t be universal —one can’t possibly know all the cultures of the world— and, therefore, my thesis will focus on one case study: media coverage of tensions in the South China Sea.