On March 23, the LeidenAsiaCentre organized an online interactive event on the Sino-Russian approach to internet governance and implications for Europe. Eric Zhang and Rogier Creemers, authors of the report “Russian Perspectives on China as an Actor in Cyberspace”, discussed this issue with the online audience. The report is part of the LeidenAsiaCentre project “China’s Role in Cyberspace”.
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The common distrust of China and Russia towards the liberal world order and the US hegemony forms the basis for cooperation at the multilateral level in this sphere, especially on norm-promotion of cyber-sovereignty and a state-based internet governance model. Recently, the two states have also intensified their cooperation on regulating online content. On the other hand, from the Russian perspective, there are also several factors, for example perceived cyber espionage and China’s geo-economic prowess, that undermine bilateral trust or hinder further Sino-Russian cooperation. Based on Russian-language academic and policy literature, Zhang & Creemers’ report unpacks the multifaceted Sino-Russian relation in cyberspace from a Russian perspective, and provides recommendations for more effective engagement with both countries.
- Rogier Creemers
- Eric Zhang