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High Wire


  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the three key areas of platform regulation in China including antitrust, data and labor enforcement

  • Examines the shrewd self-regulatory schemes employed by Chinese tech titans and their co-regulation with the State

  • Compares Chinese tech regulation with the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape in the United States and the European Union

  • Offers a prediction of China's future tech governance, with a special focus on artificial intelligence 

  • Introduces a new analytical framework to study the dynamic complexity in Chinese regulatory governance

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In High Wire, Angela Zhang provides a comprehensive and sophisticated overview of how China regulates its enormous tech sector. By closely scrutinizing the incentives and interactions among the key players, Zhang introduces a dynamic pyramid model to analyze the structure, process, and outcome of China's unique regulatory system. She showcases the shrewd self-regulatory tactics employed by Chinese tech titans to survive and thrive in an institutional environment plagued by endemic fraud and corruption. She also reveals how the Chinese State has given a helping hand to digital platforms by offering them indispensable judicial support.

Through a robust analysis of the tumultuous 2020-2022 tech crackdown, Zhang explores the model's profound impact on three vital pillars of Chinese platform regulation, including antitrust, data, and labor enforcement. As Zhang demonstrates, the tech crackdown has led to the private sector's retreat and the state's advancement in the tech industry. These regulatory shifts have also steered investors from consumer tech businesses toward hardcore technologies that are essential for China's bid to overtake the United States in innovation.

More than just a study of China, Zhang offers a global perspective by comparing China's regulatory landscape with rapidly moving developments in the United States and the European Union. This comparative analysis reveals the shared regulatory challenges all face and sheds light on the future direction of Chinese tech regulation. Finally, she peers into the future of China's tech governance, specifically focusing on the burgeoning realm of generative artificial intelligence.

Providing an unparalleled deep dive into China's rapidly evolving digital economy, High Wire is a must-read for those interested in how the manifold ways in which China regulates and governs its economy.

Reviews and Endorsements

"Zhang's ‘High Wire’ is the single best book for those who need to understand China's regulation of its tech markets--both what has happened, and what will happen.An essential and comprehensive resource in an area where overly simplistic understandings have too often led outsiders astray."

Tim Wu
Former Special Assistant to President Biden for Technology and Competition Policy, 2021-2023 and Author of "The Master Switch, The Rise and Fall of Information Empire

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Center for European Policy Studies/ Brussels

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Leuven AI Law & Ethics Conference, University of Leuven/ Leuven

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European Council on Foreign Relations/ Berlin

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