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China's Unlikely Weapon: Tourists

Evan Rees
Asia-Pacific Analyst, Stratfor
Jul 9, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Chinese tourists take photographs at Mount Fuji in Japan.

Chinese tourists take photographs at Mount Fuji in Japan.

(FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Decades of explosive economic growth has handed China numerous tools it can use to exert its influence abroad. Massive defense outlays, foreign direct investment and the sprawling Belt and Road Initiative are the most visible expressions of China's economic might. But amid these earthshaking projects, the Chinese consumer has slowly...

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