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<Redirecting> the diaspora: China's united front work and the hyperlink networks of diasporic Chinese websites in cyberspace

Chan, Kenddrick and Alden, Chris (2023) <Redirecting> the diaspora: China's united front work and the hyperlink networks of diasporic Chinese websites in cyberspace. Political Research Exchange, 5 (1). ISSN 2474-736X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/2474736X.2023.2179409

Abstract

In recent years concerns have emerged regarding the loyalty of ethnic Chinese residing outside of China and whether they are agents of foreign influence. China has also recently declared its ambition to be an ‘Internet superpower’ and use the internet for political goals. This article will therefore explore the role of the internet in China's diaspora engagement efforts. By adopting an Information Technology (IT)-informed approach, this article seeks to provide insights to the following question(s): Does China engage in diaspora engagement on the internet, to what extent, and what are the implications of such? An in-depth look at a representative sample of Chinese-language websites outside of China reveals ‘dual-track messaging’ approaches where non-political (i.e. business) news exists alongside overtly political messages. This strongly suggests that the Communist Party of China's (CPC) United Front work to co-opt the diaspora is also taking place via cyberspace, in addition to traditional media sources.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 16:06
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2024 20:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/118412

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