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Assessing China’s Digital Silk Road: Huawei’s engagement in Nigeria

Hungerland, Nils and Chan, Kenddrick (2021) Assessing China’s Digital Silk Road: Huawei’s engagement in Nigeria. Digital IR: Working Paper Series (11/2021). LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The role of information technology in today’s society has made digital infrastructure a critical aspect of geopolitics. Although the private sector has traditionally led such developments, there is increasing evidence that countries are now slowly getting involved. This paper argues that as part of its Digital Silk Road (DSR) initiative, the People’s Republic of China (“China”) is incentivizing private actors, such as Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, to build digital infrastructure abroad, so as to generate security externalities for China. This is evidenced by our case study involving Huawei’s involvement in Nigeria in the realm of digital infrastructure development, the formulation of digital strategies, and associated standards.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: T Technology
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2021 08:15
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 00:09

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