This book is a political–economic analysis of China’s transformation to become a global aviation power. It aims to identify the driving forces that have shaped China’s ever-evolving international air transport policy direction and goals in the past four decades and further determines how and to what extent these driving forces have shaped China’s considerations and strategies when executing its policy goals through bilateral air services negotiations.
The findings reveal that China’s international air transport policymaking has remained in the domain of the country’s aviation regulator, which has enjoyed an exclusivity to exercise its power on the air transport sector. The book argues that China’s international air transport policy direction is in alignment with the country’s overall strategic mission and its goal is set to support the country’s endeavour to realise the “China dream.” It concludes that factors at all levels interact with each other with a far-reaching impact on the country’s policy direction and goal setting; however, these factors are constrained by time and circumstances.
The book is a must-read for a wide array of audiences, including, but not limited to, scholars and industry professionals who have an interest in China’s political economy, policymaking, international trade, government behaviour, corporate political activities, air transport, aviation liberalisation, and bilateral negotiations.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Characteristics of china’s air transport industry 3. Analytical framework: applying micro-macro linkage approach 4. China and the USA 5. China and the Netherlands, and the UK 6. China and japan, and south Korea 7. Applying the micro-macro linkage approach (part i): analysis of factors at international and regional levels 8. Applying the micro-macro linkage approach (part ii): analysis of factors at bilateral level 9. Applying the micro-macro linkage approach (part iii): analysis of factors at domestic and institutional levels 10. Conclusion and contribution to knowledge
Chrystal Zhang is an Associate Professor of Aviation at RMIT University, Australia. She has developed her expertise in aviation through her three decades of experience working with government agencies, commercial organisations, and higher education institutions in China, the UK, and Australia.
Kareem Yarde is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT University, Australia. He has established himself as a highly proficient aviation/tourism consultant in the Caribbean region where he has worked on projects for the Barbados tourist board and regionally. He has served as a senior examining committee member for tourism assessments in the region.