China’s Great Firewall: Cybersecurity as Strategy for Building World Cyberpower

Harvardry Gerald Abraham Wowor(1*), Arfin Sudirman(2), Falhan Hakiki(3)

(1) Departemen Hubungan Internasional, Universitas Padjadjaran,  
(2) Departemen Hubungan Internasional, Universitas Padjadjaran,  
(3) Program Studi Ilmu Pemerintahan, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (STISIP) Imam Bonjol Padang,  
(*) Corresponding Author


The information, communication, and technology (ICT) sector has grown significantly in China. One of the advancements they have seen is in the area of cybersecurity. China's growing cybersecurity competence enabled it to create the Great Firewall of China (GFW), a set of control and censorship regulations for internet communications in China. This article investigates the significance of cybersecurity in the development of China's authoritarian authority, with a focus on the GFW as a strategic component. The concepts of cybersecurity and cyberpower served as the article's theoretical foundation. Through interviews and literature reviews, this article employs qualitative methodologies.  This article demonstrates how China employs GFW to protect its citizens from cyber-attacks by focusing on political risks. China's cyber power is likewise increasing.


China; Great Firewall; cybersecurity; cyberpower;

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