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The Social Credit System from the Perspective of the Chinese State, its Citizens and Western Society at the Beginning of the XXI Century

Student: Polina Shiryaeva

Supervisor: Mikhail Karpov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Asian Studies (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2020

According to the state plan for introducing the Unified Social Credit System in China, in the year of 2020 the system is expected to move from the development and experiment stage to the stage of active implementation throughout the whole country. China aims to create a prosperous society, strengthen the economy and provide further development for the country. And it is expected that this information technology will contribute to the achievement of these goals. However, most Western scholars, politicians and journalists claim that the PRC government has embarked on the wrong path. They say, PRC has chosen not the path of development, but the path of creating a totalitarian anti-utopian state. Their inflexible assertion is being transmitted to the society, giving more strength to the various alarmist conclusions about the Chinese program. The purpose of this work is to answer two questions: how adequate is the perception of the system by the Western community and how this system influenced and how it is being perceived by citizens and the government of the PRC. To respond these questions, scientific articles, media publications in English and Chinese were studied thoroughly, and in the process of the study, interviews were conducted with the interviewees of Chinese and European culture. Keywords: Social Credit System, Information Technology, Big Data, International Opinion

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