The Reasons Why China's OBOR Initiative Goes Digital

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Ying Sun
With the development of the Internet, the traditional international politics was changed and somehow affect the China foreign diplomacy. The OBOR Initiative is one of the most typical ones in that change. In 2017, President Xi put forward the Digital Silk Road which indicates the OBOR initiative further goes digital.
According to the Netpolitik, the development of Internet bring new features to the international politics - increasing importance of the technology strength and influence of the non-government actors, intensification of interdependence and changing of the international agenda or rules. Correspondingly, in those aspect mentioned in Netpolitik, to take advantage of the fast development of the Internet, China released the Digital Silk Road aiming to pursue great-leap development, reduce political resistance, create a good environment for cooperation and enhancing the right to speak in Cyberspace.
However, during that time, there are also some risks that China can’t ignore. Because of the characteristics of the Internet, the coverage and influence of the culture and religion conflicts, the ideology transformation, the cyber terrorism and cybercrime, data security and privacy are amplified.
How to balance the benefits and risks that digitalization and informatization brought is one of the most important issues that China has to face during OBOR initiative goes digital.
SpecialisationChina and International Relations
Publication date22 May 2018
Number of pages51
ID: 279626796