Chinese Outbound Tourism as an Instrument of Economic Statecraft

Journal of Contemporary China, published online March 26, 2020

25 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019 Last revised: 27 Mar 2020

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Darren Lim

School of Politics and International Relations, ANU

Victor Ferguson

Australian National University (ANU), College of Arts and Social Sciences Australian National University (ANU), College of Arts and Social Sciences

Rosa Bishop

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 10, 2020

Abstract

China’s growing economic strength is increasingly providing Beijing with potent instruments of economic statecraft to pursue political and strategic objectives. Yet studies of economic power and associated instruments of economic statecraft tend to concentrate on trade in goods, outbound investment and international institutions. We broaden this research program into trade in services by focusing on China’s outbound tourism sector. Drawing on a variety of Chinese and English language sources, we describe the history and contemporary structure of the regulatory framework governing outbound tourism in the Chinese market. We then study instances where the Chinese government has apparently intervened to further its strategic interests. By understanding how Chinese consumers arrange overseas holidays, we provide insight into how the market structure of this service industry creates both opportunities for and constraints on China’s economic power.

Keywords: China, economic statecraft, tourism

Suggested Citation

Lim, Darren and Ferguson, Victor and Bishop, Rosa, Chinese Outbound Tourism as an Instrument of Economic Statecraft (January 10, 2020). Journal of Contemporary China, published online March 26, 2020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3484162

Darren Lim (Contact Author)

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Victor Ferguson

Australian National University (ANU), College of Arts and Social Sciences Australian National University (ANU), College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Rosa Bishop

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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