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The China Factor in Taiwan’s Media

Outsourcing Chinese Censorship Abroad
Huang Jaw-Nian
p. 27-36


To investigate how the Chinese government extends its influence to manipulate extra-jurisdictional media, this case study investigates Taiwan’s experience. It suggests that as Taiwanese media companies become embedded in the Chinese capital, advertising, and circulation markets, the Chinese authorities increase their ability to co-opt them with various economic incentives and threats, leading to self-censorship and biased news in favour of China. Using process tracing as the principal method, and archives, interviews, and secondary literature as principal data sources, the study supports the transferability of the “commercialisation of censorship” beyond China. Liberal states around China must design institutions protecting the media from inappropriate intervention by both domestic and foreign political and economic forces.

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Bibliographical reference

Huang Jaw-Nian, « The China Factor in Taiwan’s Media », China Perspectives, 2017/3 | 2017, 27-36.

Electronic reference

Huang Jaw-Nian, « The China Factor in Taiwan’s Media », China Perspectives [Online], 2017/3 | 2017, Online since 01 September 2018, connection on 31 March 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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About the author

Huang Jaw-Nian

Huang Jaw-Nian is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of China Studies, Tamkang University.Graduate Institute of China Studies, Tamkang University, No.151 Yingzhuan Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan (

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