This article from Democracy Digest is interesting because it addresses a topical issue:
Is China pursuing a grand strategy to systematically proliferate digital authoritarian tools?
China’s efforts vary by country, local context, and its own interests, argues Steven Feldstein, Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University, and a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance program:
As Cornell scholar Jessica Weiss observes, “The diffusion of digital authoritarianism is not the same thing as an intentional effort to remake other governments in China’s image. Although these systems can help governments monitor and control their people, how exactly they are used depends on local politics.” This remains a hotly debated issue in the policy and research communities. Experts such as Elizabeth Economy push back and assert that China is seeking to export a “variant of authoritarian capitalism.”
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