Dev Lewis is Research and Communications Associate at Digital Asia Hub, an internet and society think-tank in Hong Kong.
Chinese Internet companies have bet big on the region through investments and partnerships with Southeast Asian companies in e-commerce, digital finance, gaming, and cloud computing, among other things. This paper presents a number of economic opportunities for the region to leapfrog stages in digital connectivity and technology but also poses political and strategic challenges to ASEAN that need to be acknowledged and addressed sooner rather than later
This paper seeks to look at China's aspirations of becoming a "strong Internet power" and the various laws, policies and plans that it has put in place to support this and its engagement with the ASEAN region.
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