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Henrik Kloppenborg Møller is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology, Lund University, and a visiting PhD candidate at Yunnan Minzu University. He has done long-term fieldwork among Chinese vendors of counterfeit goods in Shanghai and among jade carvers and traders in southwest China and northern Myanmar. His research interests include relations between materiality, knowledge, authenticity, value, and identity in China.

Boom or Bust in China’s Jade Trade with Myanmar

Since 2014, declining economic growth and Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign have led to decreasing demand in certain markets for jadeite—the highest valued type of jade in China. But while institutional factors may explain these short-term fluctuations, historical continuity and cultural imaginations underpinning Chinese demand suggest that the jadeite market boom in China is not quite over yet.

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