Does China's pursuit of global Internet leadership mean weakening its authority at home?

Pursuing "digital capitalism" was China's response to the great financial crisis of 2008, writes Yu Hong in her new book Networking China: the digital transformation of the Chinese economy. As global demand fell for China's exports, the government stimulated domestic demand by building communications infrastructure and boosting demand for information and content. Informatization shifted from one of many policy reforms to a top critical sector. For critical sectors there is special government oversight, foreign participation is discouraged, and state ownership, a basic necessity. Ironically, as the Internet grew in China, its stars were non-state actors. Government operators like China M

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