1st Edition

Illicit Industries and China’s Shadow Economy Challenges and Prospects for Global Governance and Human Security

Edited By Victor Teo, Sungwon Yoon Copyright 2019
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book considers a wide range of illicit industries in China, exploring what drives such activities, why consumers tolerate them to differing degrees, how attempts to regulate them are implemented and how such regulation is resisted. Industries considered include human smuggling, human organs trade, illicit pharmaceuticals, smuggling of animal parts, illegal logging and trade of woods, food safety and shadow banking. Throughout, the book describes how the shadow economy works, analyses the degree to which illicit activities are regarded as criminal and highlights the importance of the shadow economy for certain regions of China and certain sections of Chinese society. In doing so, it reveals the challenges of human security posed by these industries not only for China, but also for the global community, and considers a robust governance mechanism at both national and global levels to address these challenges. Overall, the book provides a very rich picture of a key aspect of China’s contemporary economy which is difficult to research.      


    1. Illicit Industries and China’s Shadow Economy: Challenges and Prospects for Global Governance and Human Security,

    2. Human Smuggling: The Case of Illegal Chinese Immigrants in the United States,

    3. Black market trade of human organs in China and its implications for global governance,

    4. China’s Food Safety Problems and Establishment of Dual Economy: A Case of Vegetables,

    5. Deadly Alchemists: Implications of the Illicit Pharmaceutical Industry in China for Human and Health Security,

    6. The Smuggling of Animal Parts in Chinese Medicine: The Pangolin trade between China and Southeast Asia,

    7. Profits Downstream, Unsustainability Upstream: Illegal Logging and Siamese Rosewood Trade in the Greater Mekong Basin (GMB),

    8. Shadow Banking & Cross Border Capital Flows in China: A Macro-Micro Survey


    Victor Teo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong

    Sungwon Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore