AICE Global Perspectives
Over the years China has emerged as global power with an insatiable appetite for commerce and resources. “With a population of 1.3 billion, China recently became the second largest economy and is increasingly playing an important and influential role in the global economy”(World Bank). China is also the world’s largest trading nation and is a top producer of many resources and products. “For so many countries around the world, China is becoming rapidly the most important bilateral trade partner” (O’Neill chairman of Goldman Sachs’s). In order for China to remain a superpower status they must lift restrictions on the use of social media for greater national and international commerce.
Though China may have a domineering stake in the global market they still lack a critical element used by many economies in the 21st century; social media. As China becomes a leader in many fields, the western world wonders if they will ever lift restrictions and engage heavily in social media. There are many restrictions held on social media by the government. “Some people are damaging other people's rights and interests and public security in the name of freedom of speech, the regulation will promote the quality of instant messaging services to ensure that citizens enjoy the convenience of such services. This is the true freedom of speech." (Xu Feng, head of mobile internet management at the State Internet Information Office). The government of China has obvious fear over what the introduction of social media could do to the security of their country. Facebook has already tried to open up China to international social media but has found no success. “China is a large potential market for Facebook, but users are generally restricted from accessing Facebook from China. We do not know if we will be able to find an approach to managing content and information that will be acceptable to us and to the Chinese government. It is...