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China's Regulatory StateA New Strategy for Globalization$
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Roselyn Hsueh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449956

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449956.001.0001

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State-Owned Carriers and Centrally Led Reregulation of Telecommunications in the WTO Era

State-Owned Carriers and Centrally Led Reregulation of Telecommunications in the WTO Era

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China's Regulatory State

Roselyn Hsueh

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines China's regulation of telecommunications in the WTO era. When China became a member of the WTO on December 11, 2001, the global telecommunications industry expected the country to open its markets and establish liberal regulatory institutions. The Chinese government, however, had other goals in mind, and the regulatory regime set up immediately prior to WTO accession laid the institutional foundations for government–business relations in the post-WTO period. Based on a strategic value logic and structured by sectoral characteristics, market liberalization and subsequent reregulation in telecommunications expanded the state's regulatory scope and enhanced its overall ability to meet sectoral goals. By exercising strategic reregulation the Chinese government moved to control, through administrative and corporate restructuring, the development of new generation networks and the technology that runs them. Moreover, to control information dissemination, curtail oversaturated markets, and develop the domestic sector, the government exercised expansionary reregulation to supervise value-added services with China-specific definitions and a reinterpretation of WTO commitments.

Keywords:   state control, telecommunications industry, industry regulation, liberalization reregulation, WTO accession, World Trade Organization

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