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China’s Solution to Global Cyber Governance: Unpacking the Domestic Discourse of “Internet Sovereignty”

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Politics and Policy
Issue number3
Volume45
Number of pages33
Pages (from-to)432-464
Publication statusPublished
Early online date9/06/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Under Xi Jinping's leadership, China has actively promoted “Internet sovereignty” as a means to reshape the discourse and practices of global cyber governance. By analyzing Chinese‐language literature, this article unpacks the Chinese discourse of Internet sovereignty. Despite significant interest in promoting it as China's normative position on cyberspace, we find that Chinese formulations of Internet sovereignty are fragmented, diverse, and underdeveloped. There are substantial disagreements and uncertainty over what Internet sovereignty is and how it can be put into practice. This is principally due to the evolving pattern of Chinese policy formation, whereby political ideas are often not clearly defined when first proposed by Chinese leaders. This article argues that an underdeveloped domestic discourse of Internet sovereignty has significantly restricted China's capacity to provide alternative norms in global cyberspace. Appreciating this ambiguity, diversity, and, sometimes, inconsistency is vital to accurate understanding of transformations in global cyber governance occasioned by China's rise.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Zeng, J. , Stevens, T. and Chen, Y. (2017), China's Solution to Global Cyber Governance: Unpacking the Domestic Discourse of “Internet Sovereignty”. Politics and Policy, 45: 432-464. doi:10.1111/polp.12202 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/polp.12202 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.