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Can China Use “New IP” to Remake the Internet in Its Own Image?

March 8 is International Women’s Day. Officially recognized by the United Nations since 1977, it’s a big deal in the formerly communist countries of Eastern Europe. It’s an official holiday in currently communist China, too. But for most American florists, it’s just another day. Communist holidays never made it onto the calendar. Even the UN endorsement didn’t do the trick.

Forward-thinking strategic analysts are worried that China might use endorsements from the United Nations and its specialized agencies to reshape global governance in its own image. We’ve already seen China effectively take over the World Health Organization, with disastrous consequences. Chinese nationals run four of the United Nations’ fifteen specialized agencies, and China holds undue influence over many others.

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