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ISSN : 1229-9618(Print)
ISSN : 2671-7506(Online)
Chinese Studies Vol.71 pp.1-21

중국 인터넷 공간에서 보편적 가치의 실현 가능성

The Feasibility of Applying Universal Values in China’s Internet Cyberspace


Lee Hee-Kyung


The internet is considered to be a novel method of communication as well as an extension of space in South Korean society, which has experienced an unprecedented impeachment of the president. On the other hand, China’s internet cyberspace is expanding in a much different direction. As internet sovereignty is prioritized over freedom of expression, any factors that threaten national security become targets of inspection and interception. The formation of the Great Firewall of China, the dismissals of global internet businesses such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, along with the rise of Chinese IT businesses, clearly represents the process by which the internet control is solidified and tightened in China. At the same time, the Chinese government is providing active support to grow the internet industry, which plays a critical role in economic development. On account of governmental support, China has shown unparalleled growth in the mobile payments system and the sharing economy market. This paper looks at the reterritorialization of internet cyberspace by the government power and the Chinese expansion of cyberspace, which is challenging to explain with spatial theories, and considers the prerequisites for cyberspaces around the world, including China, to obtain universality. Furthermore, it aims to discuss the characteristics of the internet space in China by examining the possibility of applying the concepts of absolute space and relative space, which have been discussed in the Western histories of philosophy and physics, to the Chinese internet cyberspace.