Coronavirus, a long-term screen blip

Photo: Arabia Monitor

  • The coronavirus is a threat to Chinese economic growth. How much of a threat remains uncertain, but should the situation worsen, the first impact on MENA-China relations could be a delay in the region's plans to leverage increasing Chinese tourism.
  • China has been playing a leading role in developing tourism with countries that have signed up for its Belt & Road (BRI) strategy.
  • Visa relaxation has become a proven method of attracting Chinese tourists, driving other initiatives such as joint marketing and payments services.

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