søndag 4. august 2019

Beijing is using Chinese tourists to inflict economic pain – but does it work?

With more middle-class Chinese travelling to destinations all over the world, their valuable tourist dollars have become a means for Beijing to exert pressure on other governments, like Taipei. But while travel restrictions on mainland citizens can have a big economic impact, observers say they may not be an effective way to help Beijing achieve its aims. Taiwan was caught off guard on Wednesday when Beijing announced it would bar citizens from 47 mainland cities from travelling to the self-ruled island as individual tourists.

The mainland ban on individual tourist visas began on August 1, with no stated end date, and was due to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s “consistent efforts to push Taiwanese independence activities and incite hostility to the mainland”, Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office said.