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From Iron Fist to Invisible HandThe Uneven Path of Telecommunications Reform in China$
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Irene S. Wu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759625

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759625.001.0001

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China's Telecommunications History

China's Telecommunications History

Seeking Control While Liberalizing to Modernize

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From Iron Fist to Invisible Hand
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This chapter presents a historical outline of telecommunications in China. It starts with a discussion on the century after the telephone arrived in the country, followed by a study of the growth in the telecommunications sector from the 1980s onward. The next section compares China's present telecommunication growth with those of other emerging countries, such as India, Russia, and Mexico. This chapter shows that the history of the country's development (in terms of its telecommunications sector) has partly shaped its present approaches to policy.

Keywords:   telecommunications, historical outline, telephone, telecommunication growth, approaches to policy

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