Will China Take Over the Web or Be Ensnared in It?

With some 1.3 billion people in its emerging economy, the lure of China’s market is compelling. “The temptation is huge, not just for corporations but for the U.S. government itself,” Morton Sklar, executive director of the World Organization for Human Rights USA, told the E-Commerce Times. “We are dependent on China in so many ways, it makes it more difficult for us to criticize them.”One might argue that China and the Internet are both like high-speed trains. Both are growing at an extremely rapid pace, and both are apparently unstoppable global economic forces that are reshaping the economic landscape. Unfortunately, one might also argue that they are on a collision course.”While the Chinese government has embraced the Internet for the purposes of economic growth, it has worked assiduously, vigorously and in a stunningly sophisticated way to control what people can discuss and how,” Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, told the E-Commerce Times.

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