Chinese Tourists Have Good Reasons Not to Return to Southeast Asia

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Vietnam wants out of the CLMV club.

Mainland Southeast Asia once ranked among the top tourist regions in the world, bolstering economies and employing millions, but a rot set in with the rise of authoritarian regimes and a preference for Chinese currency over and above all others.

COVID-19 dealt the final blow, as the Chinese visitors evacuated and governments were left scrambling to rebuild post-pandemic what was once an integral part of their economy.

Human trafficking, spawned from Cambodia’s abandoned casino industry, then grabbed the headlines and a coup d’etat in Myanmar only added to the atrocious image presented abroad.

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