China and Sweden have been at odds over a range of issues, but economic relations remain strong. Photo: Shutterstock

Chinese tourist numbers dip, but trade with Sweden continues to grow despite tensions

  • Beijing’s travel advisory for the country expired in June, but the embassy has continued its campaign against ‘biased views’ of China in the media
  • After rising steadily in recent years, number of Chinese citizens applying for visas to Sweden was down by nearly 3,000 in 2018 amid tense relations
Topic |   Chinese tourists

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China and Sweden have been at odds over a range of issues, but economic relations remain strong. Photo: Shutterstock
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A visitor takes a photo at Liberty Square in Taipei. Beijing has barred mainlanders from travelling to the self-ruled island as individual tourists. Photo: EPA-EFE

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

  • Ban on individual mainland travellers going to Taiwan is the latest move to apply pressure on the self-ruled island
  • It’s not the first time China has used tourism restrictions in this way
Topic |   Diplomacy

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A visitor takes a photo at Liberty Square in Taipei. Beijing has barred mainlanders from travelling to the self-ruled island as individual tourists. Photo: EPA-EFE
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