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Opinion: China’s quest to digitize half a million Chinese characters is ‘a new form of smart power’ that will enhance the government’s influence over both domestic and international media

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hina is taking on Western dominance in digital content through a project, the largest ever of its kind, which would allow any computer to read 580,000 rather than just 80,000 Chinese characters. While the project will benefit families who use unusual words to name their children, it will also allow the government to more closely monitor those who have used rare characters to get around censorship, writes Jing Tsu.
10 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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