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Chinese politics of the internet: Control and anti-control

Dai, Xiudian



This article examines how the recent development of the Internet in China has had an impact on political control on the mainland. It argues that for China the Internet is a double‐edged sword, indispensable to economic modernisation but also confronting the authorities with unprecedented challenges. While the government has so far implemented powerful measures to control the Internet, the new media appears to be uncontrollable. As a consequence, Chinese politics has ventured into new and uncharted waters with both the state and dissident groups vying for on‐line power. With the prospect of joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO), China will find it even harder to address the challenges of the global communications revolution unilaterally, which could bring about a long‐term change in the political system.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2000-03
Print ISSN 0955-7571
Electronic ISSN 1474-449X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 181-194
APA6 Citation Dai, X. (2000). Chinese politics of the internet: Control and anti-control. Cambridge review of international affairs, 13(2), 181-194. doi:10.1080/09557570008400308
Keywords Political Science and International Relations