Silicon Valley’s China Paradox

by East-West Center

East-West Wire

Publisher: Honolulu, HI: East-West Center
Publication Date: November 1, 2018
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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In an annual China Town Hall event held at the East-West Center, analyst Matt Sheehan listed three important questions from the early phases of China’s relationship with Silicon Valley that have been turned on their heads: “How will the global internet change China’s authoritarian politics?” has become “How will China’s authoritarian politics change the internet?”; “Can China thrive without Google?” has become “Can Google thrive without China?”; and “Can Chinese companies innovate under government censorship?” has become “Does government support give Chinese companies an unfair advantage?”