As far apart as earth and sky: a survey of Chinese and Cambodian construction workers in Sihanoukville

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    Abstract

    Although much has been written about China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), so far little attention has been paid to how Chinese investment is affecting workers in BRI-targeted countries. To explore this dimension of global China, this paper examines the labor rights situation at Chinese-owned construction sites in Sihanoukville, a city on the Cambodian coast that in recent years has been described as embodying the worst excesses of Chinese foreign investment. Based on extensive interviews with Chinese and Cambodian workers, this paper argues that while Chinese-owned construction sites in Cambodia are grounded in a labor regime as exploitative as those in mainland China, workers' agency in the former case is further undermined by their employers' adoption of a policy of labor force dualism that draws boundaries between Chinese and Cambodian workers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)512-529
    JournalCritical Asian Studies
    Volume52
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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