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Newsline: Beijing’s tourism diplomacy is back

After nearly three years of closed borders and strict COVID-19 movement controls, China’s frontiers reopened two weeks ago, clearing the way for millions of Chinese to travel the world over the Lunar New Year holidays. Chinese tourists arrive are back but many countries are greeting the return of Chinese travelers with mixed signals. (https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Chinese-tourists-are-back-and-so-is-Beijing-s-tourism-diplomacy) Visitor flows and spending are being used by Beijing to reward friends and punish foes.

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