Yes, Marxist theorists write about Digital China. I was surprised the first time I saw it too.

This time it is Professor Liu Guangming, Director of the PLA National Defense University’s Research Center for the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, writing on the Central Committee’s Institute of Party History and Literature website.  How would you like to have to write that on your business card?

His essay, titled “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era Achieves a New Leap in the Sinicization of Marxism” is actually quite interesting (if you are a Digital China Watcher).

In his essay, the term Digital China joins a long list of Party initiatives and national-level strategies. The list is quite non-standard, academic rather than authoritative, but still notable.

Digital China appears in sub-section of Professor Liu’s essay that deals with how one would construct a “…Construct a Modern, Socialist Great Power” and what kind of great power that should be.

This essay sub-section includes the clause: “…in various areas of modernization, a number of goals and paths have been presented including a Science and Technology Great Power, Manufacturing Great Power, Quality Great Power, Cyber Great Power, Transportation Great Power, Digital China, “Building a Cultural Great Power 建成文化强国,” Talent Great Power, Education Great Power, and Healthy China.  This is a unusually large grouping, particularly with Digital China bundled in.  Groupings like this are normally smaller and more targeted.

That said, I understand his point and why he did it. Regardless, I’m still keeping it.

A point of clarification on translation: The very important term 社会主义现代化强国 is translated variously into English in Western publications and official PRC documents, but literally it is a “socialist, modernized great power.” Modern, Socialist Great Power best captures the Party intent, style, usage of the element 强国 in my view.