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China’s Tight Grip On Its Domestic Internet Is Another Example Of Its Closed Society And Unfair Trade Practices

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*The Chinese Internet, which is very large, is being pursued by U.S. titans that include Apple, Inc., Alphabet (Google), Facebook, and Cisco. Competing with these U.S. companies in China are giant Chinese companies that include Alibaba Group and Tencent. China has organized an annual conference, the Wuzhen World Internet Conference, that is organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China. At a conference held in mid-2017, China mouthed its theme as “Developing digital economy for openness and shared benefits”. Apple and Cisco echoed this statement as corporate policy, which sounds good. However, how China operates in their home market is quite different. Despite the theme of the conference by China, and the blind acceptance of the theme by U.S. companies, China has used its conference to promote a “policed Internet” that uses unfair trade practices, such as exists in China.

China’s Internet market is walled off from the rest of the world, with Facebook’s social network and Google’s search results blocked from being used in China. A cyberspace law has been enacted that required Apple to remove some Apps that enabled users to evade China’s Internet firewall. Cisco is one of many U.S. companies that have taken the risk of their intellectual property being stolen by forming a joint venture with a Chinese company. This requirement by China is an unfair trade practice.
*U.S. Firms Tout China Despite Web Curbs, Wall Street Journal, by Liza Lin, December 4, 2017

Google pulled out of China in 2010, after a cyberattack occurred that was traced to China, and complaints occurred the claimed that Google’s content was censored. Since that time Google has had limited operations in China.

Another initiative underway by China is to develop trade relations that extend from Europe to Asia. Added to the transportation infrastructure campaign has been an initiative in 15 areas to expand ties to ties to countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand and Turkey, that include e-commerce, international standard setting and regulation, presumably such as exists in China.

**China, aided by companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent, has built one of the most sophisticated citizen surveillance systems, that can include video surveillance, and facial recognition systems, and includes cyberspace. The result is the creation of cities wired for surveillance. The Chinese companies work openly and supportively with the Chinese government to monitor and control their citizens. The companies can push back against any request for information by the Chinese government, but in the end, the government can demand the information.
**China’s Tech Giants Have a Side Job: Helping Beijing Spy, Wall Street Journal, by Liza Lin and Josh Chin, November 30, 2017

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion
China has a police state that requires the largest Chinese companies to cooperate in monitoring its citizens both in terms of their everyday actions, but also in enforcing a cyberspace wall that isolates the Chinese population from much of the rest of the world.

Also familiar are the obstacles China places on companies such as
Facebook and Google that have eliminated them from the Chinese market, and allowed Chinese companies such as Alibaba and Tencent to dominate the Chinese internet market.

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