Min Jiang, Internet Companies in China: Dancing between the Party Line and the Bottom Line

Asie Visions 47, January 2012. Texte intégral disponible en ligne sur le site de l’IFRI (Institut français des relations internationales)

With over 500 million Internet users and 900 million mobile-phone subscribers by mid 2011, the Chinese Internet is an enormous market that has produced the spectacular rise of many Chinese Internet companies and attracted substantial foreign investment. This paper argues that, despite a great degree of liberalization of its market over the past 15 years, the Chinese Internet remains authoritarian in nature. Not only did the central government actively shape the infrastructure and rules of China’s information superhighways, but recently it has also vigorously built state-controlled Internet companies, including a national search engine.

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