China in the Information Age: Telecommunications and the Dilemmas of Reform

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China's economic and social progress toward modernization is one of the defining features of the last quarter of the 20th century. The emergence of China coincides with another development of equally important international implications—the revolution in information and telecommunication technology. But how compatible are the new China and the information age? The Chinese government intends to embrace market-oriented economic development while maintaining centralized control over politics, culture, and public ...

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Overview

China's economic and social progress toward modernization is one of the defining features of the last quarter of the 20th century. The emergence of China coincides with another development of equally important international implications—the revolution in information and telecommunication technology. But how compatible are the new China and the information age? The Chinese government intends to embrace market-oriented economic development while maintaining centralized control over politics, culture, and public discourse. The contradictions and tensions of this goal are especially acute in telecommunication and information technology markets, where the rest of the world is moving rapidly toward liberalization and globalization. Will China's economic reforms allow it to join the information revolution, or will its unique political structure keep it insulated from the main currents of global economic development? This volume is the first detailed examination of how China's reform process is playing out in the realm of information and telecommunications.

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Analyzes telecommunications in China, explores the dynamics of government decision-making, and details strategic issues such as privatization, China's commitment to Communist doctrine and party political control, and the battle between the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Ministry of Electronics. Other subjects include China and the Internet, and trade and foreign investment. Contains appendices of statistics and documents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958282
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1996
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

MILTON MUELLER is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers University.

ZIXIANG TAN is Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
About the Authors
Introduction 1
1 Chinese Reform and the Information Economy 5
2 Channeling Growth into the National Hierarchy: The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications 24
3 Socialist Competition: Lian Tong and the Golden Projects 45
4 Privatization, with Chinese Characteristics 65
5 Controlling the Computer: China Confronts the Internet 81
6 Trade and Foreign Investment 100
7 Conclusion: Principles and Scenarios 114
App. A List of Shareholders in Lian Tong and Ji Tong 127
App. B State Radio Regulatory Commission: New Regulations Issued May 1994 129
App. C Chinese Government's Guidelines for Foreign Investment in Telecommunications 130
App. D List of Foreign Business Activities in China's Telecommunications Sector, July 1995 131
Notes 137
Bibliography 151
Index 157
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