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Regional Economic Development in China

Saw Swee-Hock and John Wong

Publication Year: 2009

This book incorporates a selection of fourteen revised papers presented to the International Conference on "China's Regional Economic Development: Cooperation, Challenges and Opportunities for Singapore", organized jointly by the Saw Centre for Financial Studies, NUS Business School, and the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, in May 2008. The fourteen chapters discuss in considerable detail the recent shift adopted by the Chinese Government towards the regional development of the country in order to achieve a more balanced economy for the whole country. The economic challenges and opportunities in the various parts of the region are examined in the context of this new policy. The book, with contributors from experts in the topics covered, will be invaluable to businessmen, analysts, academics, students, and policy-makers.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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List of Tables

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pp. vii-ix

List of Figures

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pp. x-xii

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pp. xiii-xiv

In May 2008, the Saw Centre for Financial Studies, NUS Business School, and the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore jointly organized the International Conference on China’s Regional Economic Development: Cooperation, Challenges...

The Contributors

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pp. xv-xviii

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xix-xx

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1. China's Regional Economic Development: An Overview

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pp. 1-8

The Chinese economy has grown at breakneck speed since it started economic reform and the open door policy in 1978. Economic growth for the past three decades averaged at 9.7 per cent. China’s economy, with its total GDP for 2007 at US$3.4 trillion, is about to replace Germany as the world’s third largest economy...

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2. New Trends in China's Regional Economic Development

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pp. 9-27

China is a developing country with a vast territory, long history and large population. Different regions have different natural, economic, social and cultural conditions. The problem of regional imbalance has been considered for a long time, and therefore the overall strategy for regional development has always been a concern...

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3. Regional Economic Development in China: Agglomeration and Relocation

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pp. 28-52

Regional economic development in China has been undergoing a strategic transition from disequilibrium to coordination since 1978, the year the nation adopted the reform and opening-up policy. In the light of major changes that have taken place...

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4. Cost Impact and Industrial Upgrading in Pearl River Delta Region: Case Study on Shenzhen and Dongguan

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pp. 53-78

Being at the forefront of China’s reform and opening-up, the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region at large faced problems with its industrial transitions and upgrading in the recent two years as a result of the Chinese renminbi (RMB) appreciation...

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5. Development of Pearl River Delta as a Mega-city Region

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pp. 79-95

Mega-city region is not a new concept, but with the rapid process of globalization, it has acquired a new definition. According to recent studies, the mega-city region can be treated as cities without considering the new urban forms that are emerging...

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6. Comparing Two Economic Regions: Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore Growth Triangle and Pearl River Delta Region

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pp. 96-122

With the success of the “miracle growth” of the East Asian Tigers by adopting openness or export-oriented strategies, several developing countries including China and India are also adopting the strategy of openness as part of their economic and industrial development. As part of the such strategy to attract multinational corporation investment...

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7. Shanghai and Yangtze River Delta: A Revolving Relationship

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pp. 123-154

On 1 May 2008, the whole line of the 36-kilometre cross-sea bridge, spanning Hangzhou Bay, was opened to traffic. As the world’s longest cross-sea bridge to date, it has cut the land-route distance between Ningbo and Shanghai by more than 120 kilometre...

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8. Recent Developments in Yangtze River Delta and Singapore's Investment

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pp. 155-178

Yangtze River Delta region, covers a total of sixteen cities, namely, Shanghai City, eight cities in Jiangsu Province (Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Taizhou and Nantong), and seven cities in Zhejiang Province (Hangzhou, Ningbo, Huzhou, Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Zhoushan and Taizhou)...

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9. Bohai Rim's Regional Development: Problems and Policy Options

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pp. 179-210

Located at the heart of Northeast Asia and along the coast of the West Pacific, the Bohai Rim comprises two municipalities and three provinces (Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning and Shandong...

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10. Qingdao's New Development Strategies

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pp. 211-234

Qingdao sits on the southeastern side of the Shandong Peninsula, and is near to Mountain Lao and Yellow Sea. It is a unique coastal city with fascinating views and a mild climate. Qingdao has seven urban districts...

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11. Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city: Features of a Model of Sustainable Living

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pp. 235-259

Environmental considerations are assuming greater importance in the planning processes of an increasing number of governments around the world. One aspect of this increasing mainstreaming of environmental needs is the development...

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12. FDI, Capital Formation, and Economic Growth of Western China: A Comparison Across Three Regions

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pp. 260-276

Despite its fast economic growth in the past thirty years, China still faces the problem of regional disparity. While the east has a much more energetic and developed economy than the west, the middle is somewhere between them. Generally, in the east, the middle or the west, there is a significantly positive...

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13. Chongqing's Development Strategy and Its Role inChina's Development

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pp. 277-294

After it became a municipality under the direct jurisdiction of the central government, Chongqing, with its rapid economic development, has been playing a pivotal role in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Against the backdrop of economic globalization and increasing flowing of foreign capital into China...

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14. Regions with Net Outward Migration: Issues and Challenges

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pp. 295-318

For three decades, China has sustained hyper economic growth above 9 per cent per annum. With this rate of growth, total income is doubled every eight years in a nation that accounts for one-fifth of the global population. Hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Wealth creation at such...


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pp. 319-332

E-ISBN-13: 9789812309426
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812309419

Page Count: 332
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: 1

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  • Economic development -- China -- Congresses.
  • China -- Economic policy -- 2000- -- Congresses.
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