Rethinking Authority in China’s Border Regime
Rethinking Authority in China’s Border Regime
Regulating the Irregular
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Multiple Borders — Tracking the Border down
Contextualizing Chinese Border Politics in the Making
On Border Regimes, Sovereignty, and Immigration
Methodological Reflections
Map of the Book
Chapter 2 Border Authority and Zoning Technologies
Border as a Method of Investigation
Territorial Governmentality and Zoning Technologies
Self-regulation and self-responsibility in China’s neo-socialist governmentality
Chapter 3 Graduated Citizenship and Social Control in China’s Immigration System
The Power to Choose
Characteristics of the Chinese Immigration System
Labelling Immigrants: Differentiating Legal Authority and Control over Immigrants
Rationalities of the Chinese Immigration System
Chapter 4 Making Border Politics: State Actors & Security in the Chinese Border Regime
Locating Border Security Control: Externalization / Internalization
State Configurations in Border Politics
Defending the Border: Security Enforcement
Internal Border Security: Developing Border Areas from Within
Policing at Distance and Local Exceptions
Chapter 5 Re-Scaling Territorial Authority within Regional Organizations
From Left behind to Bridging the Gap: Re-scaling the Chinese State
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI)
Zoning through Development
Chapter 6 Local Bordering Practices and Zoning Technologies
Southwest: Dehong and Xishuangbanna Prefecture/Yunnan Province
Northeast: Yanbian Prefecture, Jilin Province
Legality as a Selective, Conditional, and Locally Bound Privilege
Chapter 7 Conclusion — Authority in the Chinese Border Regime
Special Border Zones: Normalizing Local Exceptions
The Role of Local Governments in China’s Border Management
Border as a Method of Social Control: Graduated Citizenship in China’s Immigration System
Border as a Method of Spatial Development: Territoriality and Centre-Periphery Relations
Appendix A: Institutional Architecture of Yunnan Province in the GMS
Appendix B: Institutional Architecture of Jilin Province in the GTI
List of Abbreviations

Franziska Plümmer

Rethinking Authority in China’s Border Regime

Regulating the Irregular

In the 21st century, governments around the globe are faced with the question on how to tackle new migratory mobilities. Governments increasingly become aware of irregular immigration and are forced to re-negotiate the dilemma of open but secure borders. Rethinking Authority in China’s Border Regime: Regulating the Irregular investigates the Chinese government’s response to this phenomenon. Hence, this book presents a comprehensive analysis of the Chinese border regime. It explores the regulatory framework of border mobility in China by analysing laws, institutions, and discourses as part of an ethnographic border regime analysis. It argues that the Chinese state deliberately creates ‘zones of exception’ along its border. In these zones, local governments function as ‘scalar managers’ that establish cross-border relations to facilitate cross-border mobility and create local migration systems that build on their own notion of legality by issuing locally valid border documents. The book presents an empirically rich story of how border politics are implemented and theoretically contributes to debates on territoriality and sovereignty as well as to the question of how authority is exerted through border management. Empirically, the analysis builds on two case studies at the Sino-Myanmar and Sino-North Korean borders to illustrate how local practices are embedded in multiscalar mobility regulation including regional organizations such as the Greater Mekong Subregion and the Greater Tumen Initiative.

Franziska Plümmer

Franziska Plümmer currently works as a senior researcher at MPIL researching the role of Chinese technology companies in European data regulation and ‘critical’ infrastructure provision. Before joining the MPIL, she had worked as a lecturer at the Universities of Tübingen and Vienna. Generally, her research lies at the intersection of International Relations, Critical Security Studies and China Studies focusing on mobility of migrants and data across borders.