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Title: Neighbouring in Anxiety along the China-Vietnam Border
Contributor(s): Zhang, Juan (author)
Publication Date: 2017
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: In the early morning of November 30th, 2007, a dozen Chinese trucks lined up at the Hekou-Lao Cai border gate and blocked the bustling traffic. Around these trucks, a small crowd of Chinese traders and drivers congregated in dismay, complaining loudly about unfairness and injustice. It was the official opening day of the seventh Annual China-Vietnam Border Trade Fair (Zhong-Yue bianjing jingji maoyi jiaoyihui中越边境经济贸易交易会; hereafter the Trade Fair). Under the red banners that proudly announced the success of the Trade Fair, Chinese grievances and disappointment were growing. These trucks, fully loaded with various kinds of merchandise, had attempted to cross the border to reach the Trade Fair's venue in Lao Cai. As they proceeded with customs clearance, to their surprise, they were told by the Lao Cai Customs Office to pay additional tariff by 60 to 140 percent on almost all their commodities, despite the fact that a special duty-free policy was in place for the Trade Fair, which had been the case for the past six years.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Art of Neighbouring: Making Relations Across China's Borders, p. 203-222
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789462982581
Field of Research (FOR): 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Asian Borderlands
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