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China Promotes an Authoritarian-flavored Globalization

Postby Peter1469 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:52 pm

China Promotes an Authoritarian-flavored Globalization

China made quite the impression at Davos. China seems to want to lead further globalization. But a Chinese brand of globalism. Here is an article from World Affairs that discusses the topic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently gave a speech in which he spoke of a new, bolder role for China in shaping the established international order. Dubbed “the two guides,” this position and other recent statements indicate China’s desire to assert greater leadership over international affairs and the progress of globalization.

But how should we understand China’s approach to globalization? One large clue can be found in the Chinese government’s approach to a key underpinning of globalization, the global information ecosystem. In fact, while attention has primarily focused on domestic Chinese censorship, China has quietly and effectively harnessed this ecosystem for its own purposes, using its components to bolster its own power and undermine democratic norms and institutions. What emerges is an altered understanding of the ways in which authoritarian regimes like China can utilize globalization to wield power in the information age.

China’s strategy has targeted the information ecosystem at its source. Rather than simply trying to censor unfavorable stories or burnish its image, China is going after the infrastructure of information—whether through Hollywood acquisitions, the global media that informs international opinion and policy, or the norms, standards and corporate platforms powering the Internet, a medium through which an ever-growing number of people in the world communicate and organize their daily lives. In doing so, China is affecting more than simply information products; it is altering the mechanisms that determine what kinds of products are produced in the first place. This sets it apart from other governments, such as Russia, which have focused chiefly on using information-based tools to achieve influence.

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An interesting thing about China is its view of itself and the world. It is not trying to gain territory (other than the South China Sea). It is, however, spreading itself economically. They are building port facilities in the Indian Ocean basin as well as the Persian Gulf and the western coast of Africa.

It is also building a serious of "Silk Roads" that will link China with Europe through the Asian land mass. The sheer volume of trade between China and Europe will be impressive. But just think of the benefits that the land locked central Asian nations will receive. That could be the emerging market of the next two decades.

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