All Roads Lead to Beijing? Shifts in Chinese Labour and Capital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wu, Ying and Crout, Leigha and Matković, Aleksandar (2023) All Roads Lead to Beijing? Shifts in Chinese Labour and Capital During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Asian journal of comparative law, 18 (1). pp. 20-36. ISSN 1932-0205

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The unprecedented global pandemic has shaken the world's foundations – upending legal institutions, toppling established principles of transnational governance, and limiting mobility between nations. In the People's Republic of China (the PRC or China), one of the most significant legal developments is the major reconfiguration of the state's labour and capital policies oriented towards its economic partners with emerging economies and economies in transition. These policies have changed dramatically, especially given the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on lower-income states. China's domestic situation and its need to meet evolving transnational demands also contribute to the reformation of these economic ties, and perhaps precede further changes to be implemented in the future. To provide much-needed insight into this ongoing transformation, this Article investigates how China's labour and capital policies towards its key international partners have developed in response to the pandemic. Drawing on three case studies, we use a socio-legal approach to analyse the status of migrants from African countries in China, labour immigration to China from its southwestern border regions, and the emigration of Chinese nationals to Serbia and the Balkans for the purposes of labour and investment. Through these representative developments, this Article unveils new trends in China's post-pandemic labour and capital policies, including enhanced responsiveness; a security-centric approach to border management; and an improving regulatory approach to ordinary migration channels.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COBISS.ID=127917065
Research Department: Economic Theory
Depositing User: Jelena Banovic
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2023 07:37
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 07:37

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