Journal Article

Goodbye China: What do fewer foreigners in China mean for multinationals and the Chinese Economy?


  • Bickenbach
  • F.
  • Liu
  • W.-H.

The number of foreigners living in China is very low in international comparison and has further declined recently. While the strict COVID-19 related travel restrictions played a major role for this decline, there are indications that the decline has partly started already before the pandemic and may well continue once the pandemic-related restrictions are lifted. Against this background, this article discusses the economic challenges that the reduction in the number of foreigners is causing for Western multinationals operating in China and to the Chinese economy more generally. The consequences could spill over to the world economy and reinforce the economic and technological decoupling tendencies between China and the West.


JEL Classification
J61, F23


  • Ausländer
  • China
  • chinesische Wirtschaft
  • Covid-19 Pandemie