Competition for High Politics in Cyberspace: Technological Conflicts Between China and the USA

Author: Karina Verónica Val Sánchez
Institution: Selcuk University-Konya (Turkey)
Author: Nezir Akyesilmen
Institution: Selcuk University-Konya (Turkey)
Published online: 21 June 2021
Final submission: 15 December 2020
Printed issue: December 2021
Source: Show
Page no: 27
Pages: 43-69
DOI Address:
PDF: ppsy/50/ppsy202116.pdf

This paper highlighted the use of cyberspace as a conflict zone by the US and China, focusing on competition in various technological spheres, including cyberespionage, military technology, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The main purpose of this study was to depict how great powers manipulate the cyber domain for their high political objectives through US-China rivalry. The research has been carried out mainly via literature review, discourse analysis, and relevant statistics. Consistent with previous literature and global public perception, the outcome has shown that both states are using cyberspace as a new domain for completion in trade, technology, and military purposes. Cyberespionage, the militarization of cyberspace, and AI have been the main conflict areas between these two global competitors in the last decade.


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