Political Communication Chinese Style: The Elite Network in State-Regulated Sina Weibo

  • Zihao LinEmail author
  • Andrea Hamm
  • Susanne Reinhardt
Part of the Studies in International, Transnational and Global Communications book series (SITGC)


It is a commonplace among scholars that the Internet plays an increasingly important role in Chinese public life (Hassid, 2012). This includes a strong focus on the articulation of an alternative political discourse (Gleiss, 2015). According to a nationwide survey, typical Chinese netizens are “politically opinionated, supportive of democratic rules and critical about party-state” (Lei, 2011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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