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Bounding the MekongThe Asian Development Bank, China, and Thailand$
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Jim Glassman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834449

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834449.001.0001

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Going West, by Southwest

Going West, by Southwest

(p.99) Chapter 5 Going West, by Southwest
Bounding the Mekong

Jim Glassman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the roles of various Chinese actors in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) integration, including both actors in Yunnan and others from both the Chinese national state and the overseas Chinese investor community. The role of the Yunnan provincial government and Yunnanese capitalists in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) development is substantial and especially interesting, given that the provincial government has been granted considerable autonomy by Beijing in designing forms of GMS participation. This confirms, in a slightly different way than the Thai case, that regionalization is not solely the project of the most powerful and geographically expansive actors. Yet here, too, it will be argued that Yunnan's participation in GMS integration is deeply shaped by forces beyond the direct control of most Yunnanese themselves, reflecting longer-term projects of both the national state and various groups of foreign investors.

Keywords:   foreign investors, Chinese investors, overseas Chinese investors, GMS integration, Chinese actors, Yunnan, Yunnanese capitalists

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