Can small states contribute to a rules-based order in cyberspace?
A rules-based order truly exists only when all states – large and small – subscribe to it. The international community should welcome small states which can and are increasingly shaping the agenda of international digital and cyber discussions.
Sep 16, 2021, 5:00 am SGT
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There is an old African proverb that says when elephants fight, the grass suffers.
In the context of US-China contestation, small countries - the proverbial grass - do not want to be put in a position where they have to choose sides. That the elephants are clashing most acutely in the digital domain is causing consternation, because all countries - large and small, developed and developing - are benefiting immensely from digitalisation and do not want the digital domain to be viewed as a zero-sum game.
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