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A Peek Into the Future for Technology in Xi Jinping’s China

  • While Xi Jinping was ascending to the pinnacle of power in China the past five years, the Chinese internet industry was coming of age.
  • In October 2012, a month before Mr. Xi took office, e-commerce power Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was two years away from listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Xi Jinping’s ascension to the pinnacle of power in China roughly coincides with the Chinese internet industry’s coming of age. Now he has been handed unrivaled authority, how will Mr. Xi balance his penchant for control while preserving the internet as an engine of growth and innovation?

While Xi Jinping was ascending to the pinnacle of power in China the past five years, the Chinese internet industry was coming of age. In October 2012, a month before Mr. Xi took office, e-commerce power Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was two years away from listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Nearly all apps were free because few were willing to pay. The most popular social media platform was Weibo, a Twitter-like service that became an agenda-setting discussion forum. …

A Peek Into the Future for Technology in Xi Jinping’s China

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