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April 8, 2024

Chinese Perspectives on Cyber Governance

Event Series: China and Global Governance

Digital cables on a server rack.

For nearly a decade, the People’s Republic of China has articulated its objective of becoming a “great cyber power.” As much as China’s cyber ambitions are tied to its domestic economic growth pillars in telecommunications and artificial intelligence, questions remain about how China’s internet regulation preferences will affect cyber global governance norms. This virtual panel brought together experts to discuss Beijing’s vision of cyber governance, including digital sovereignty, and its efforts to influence multilateral mechanisms. 

This event was sponsored by the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues.

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Xuechen Chen is an assistant professor in politics and international relations at Northeastern University London and a visiting research fellow at the London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science, King's College London. Her research interests include EU external relations with the Asia-Pacific region, China’s foreign policy, regional integration in East Asia, and norm diffusion in international politics (with a particular focus on cyberspace governance and non-traditional security issues). 

Rachel Ann Hulvey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate affiliate of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. She is an incoming assistant professor at Indiana University. During the 2024-2025 academic year, she will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World program.

John Lee is director of consultancy East West Futures. He is currently a visiting fellow with ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute at the National University of Singapore, and a researcher at the Leiden Asia Centre. Previously John was a senior analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, and worked at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Defence. 

Evan Medeiros (moderator) is the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow with the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University. Medeiros has in-depth experience in U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific from his time on the National Security Council as director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, and then as special assistant to the president and senior director for Asia under President Barack Obama.