Last week, Chinese authorities announced that as of March 10, foreign-invested companies would not be allowed to publish anything on the Chinese Internet unless they have obtained government permission to publish with a Chinese partner. What does this mean for the look and feel of the Chinese Internet? What will it mean for international media businesses (movie studios, newspapers, advertisers) interested in reaching China’s consumers? As more and more Chinese are able to travel to places where the Internet is less restricted, how will they react to the version of the Internet that exists inside the Great Fire Wall? How long can China’s Internet thrive without the participation of the rest of the World? —The Editors
How Long Can China’s Internet Thrive if the Rest of the World Gets Shut Out?
Text: China Files by David Schlesinger, Jeff South, Xiao Qiang, Lester Ross, Charlie Smith February 23, 2016