China's Rise in International ICT Standardisation: Techno-nationalism and Techno-globalism

Event details

Department of International Relations Research Seminar

Date & time

Friday 01 November 2013


JDB Miller Reading Room, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Heejin Lee


Dr Richaed Carney
+61 2 6125 0906

China has become a significant player in the international standardisation regime of telecommunications. It is currently attempting international standardisation of its indigenous technologies. It is examined how China's approach to standardisation has evolved in the cases of WAPI (WLAN authentication and privacy infrastructure), TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE (locally developed 3G and 4G mobile standards). China's approach to standardisation has evolved from techno-nationalism to techno-globalism. In building, developing, and maintaining alliances, relatively more weight is placed on links with foreign firms over time than on those with local firms. China is increasingly open to foreign firms to gain their support and cooperation, which is required for international standardisation and commercialisation of locally-developed standards. The implications that China's attempts for standardisation have for global ICT markets, and what changes they have brought so far and will bring in the future, will be discussed.

Heejin Lee is Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea. He has a multidisciplinary background; BA in business administration and MA in sociology at Seoul National University, and PhD in information systems at the London School of Economics (LSE). Before joining Yonsei, he was a faculty member of Department of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Brunel University, UK. Professor Lee has written extensively on the impact of broadband, and 'time and ICT'. He is currently working on ICT standards policy in China and Korea, and ICT for development (ICT4D). He is now editing a special issue on The Rise of Asia in Global Standardization: A Threat, Opportunity or Something Else? for Telecommunications Policy. In addition, he founded the Centre for Australian Studies (CAS) at Yonsei University, October 2008, and has served as Director since then. He is an awardee of the Endeavour Executive Award 2013.

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