Journal article

China's Blue Economy: A State Project of Modernisation

Michael Fabinyi, Annie Wu, Sallie Lau, Tabitha Mallory, Kate Barclay, Kathleen Walsh, Wolfram Dressler

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

The blue economy is a globally emerging concept for ocean governance that seeks to tap the economic potential of the oceans in environmentally sustainable ways. Yet, understanding and implementation of particular visions of the blue economy in specific regions diverge according to national and other contexts. Drawing on a discourse analysis of Chinese language documents, this article assesses how the blue economy has been conceptualised in Chinese state policy and discourse. Part of a state ideology and practice of modernisation that is defined in terms of rejuvenation under a strong state, the blue economy in China is seen as an opportunity to promote modernisation from overlapping economic..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project [DP180100965] (MF, AW, KB, WD). MF and KB also acknowledge the support of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center. Thank you to Gil Hizi and Paula Satizabal for assisting with data analysis.