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9 The Future of Qiaowu

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This chapter examines the future strategic direction of qiaowu, and projects how it develops. The goals of China's qiaowu efforts have remained largely consistent up until the mid-1980s: realizing the long-term development of the Overseas Chinese (OC); promoting ethnic unity for political stability, economic modernization, and development; fostering Sino-foreign friendship; and mobilizing revolutionary liberation. Contemporary qiaowu policy thrives in a context of transnationalism and globalization. The chapter brings all of these factors together in describing qiaowu for the twenty-first century-specifically for two quickly emerging groups at opposite ends of the OC spectrum: working class migrants and 'new' elite migrants. The policies and methodology highlighted in the chapter shows that China's qiaowu administration has the infrastructure, programmes, resources, and most importantly, the ambition and desire to further links and relations with the OC in a People's Republic of China (PRC)-friendly context.

Keywords: China; Overseas Chinese (OC); People's Republic of China (PRC); qiaowu; transnationalism



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