The Internet and Single-Party Rule in China
Nevertheless, Pan Wei does not leave the reader without questions. If indeed China is a country without a strong experience of large sociopolitical groups (nor, as Pan implies, a desire to create them) and the rule of law is not about regulating those who are ruled but about regulating the government, then this is where the Chinese system of Internet filtering and Pan’s vision diverge. The Internet is not only being used to curb corruption and foster greater government transparency, but also to keep political dissidence in check. Although there has been a general loosening of controls over speech, press, assembly, and association, and the Internet has to an extent furthered those freedoms, it has at the same time allowed the Chinese government to limit such freedoms where they continue to threaten central party power.