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China's Pan-Pearl River Delta

Regional Cooperation and Development

Anthony G. O. Yeh, Jiang Xu

Publication Year: 2011

Cities and regions in Asia are facing problems that cannot be adequately managed by traditional urban planning. Competition and local protectionism have often hindered infrastructural development and regional integration. In southern China, an area embracing one-fifth of China and one-third of its population, the economies and societies of nine provinces, together with Hong Kong and Macao, face many barriers to regional collaboration. Fiscal regulatory conflicts, land and housing reform, and bottlenecks in immigration and transport have stymied efforts to develop infrastructure that could spur economic growth and greater prosperity for the entire region. This book examines regional integration and its barriers in southern China in a comparative framework using perspectives on development and globalization from Europe and North America. With its contributions from leading researchers and practitioners in the field, the book will appeal to students, academics and policymakers interested in urban and regional planning, geography, sociology, public administration and development studies.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU


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List of Tables

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List of Contributors

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pp. xi-xvi

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pp. xvii

This book originated from the Conference on Regional Cooperation and Infrastructure Construction held at the University of Hong Kong in June 2008. The conference was sponsored by the Zhong Hua Real Estate and Construction Research and Development Foundation, Professor Francis S.K. Lau and the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Government...

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1. Regional Cooperation in China’s Transitional Economy

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pp. 1-12

This book has its origins in the Conference on Regional Cooperation and Infrastructure Construction held at the University of Hong Kong in June 2008. In a time of increasing global competition and rising urban entrepreneurialism, regional cooperation provides opportunities...

Part I: International Experience and China’s Context

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pp. 13-77

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2. Strategic Planning and Regional Governance in Europe: Recent Trends in Strategic Planning and Responses to Address Emerging Issues and Problems

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pp. 15-42

Major developments in Europe have led to significant challenges related to growing complexity (the rise of new technologies, changes in production processes, the crisis of representative democracy, diversity, the globalization of culture and the economy); increasing concern about the rapid and apparently random...

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3. Rebuilding and Renewing America: A Twenty-First Century National Infrastructure Investment Plan for the United States

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pp. 43-62

America faces a host of challenges in the coming century, all of which will have profound impacts on the nation’s future growth and development. Global economic restructuring, rising fuel and household costs, climate change and deteriorating infrastructure all require strategies to maximize the nation’s...

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4. Regional Cooperation in China’s Administrative Region Economy: Its Links with Pan-Pearl River Delta Development

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pp. 63-77

The forces of globalization have led to cross-boundary cooperation worldwide. China has experienced exceptional economic growth since implementing economic reforms 30 years ago, and the country’s significance on the world stage is increasingly recognized. At the same time, inter-regional competition...

Part II: Economic Development and Regional Cooperation

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pp. 79-136

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5. Regionally Coordinated Development and Planning in the Pearl River Delta

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pp. 81-102

In 2003, the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, the Guangdong provincial government and the Ministry of Construction (the predecessor of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development) jointly formulated a regional plan for the Pearl River Delta (PRD) entitled the...

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6. Political Economy of Regional Cooperation in the Pan-Pearl River Delta

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pp. 103-124

There has been a proliferation of regional cooperation in many parts of China since the late 1990s. This has led to renewed scholarly interest in major territorial issues—from political fragmentation, internal trade barriers, market separation and inadequate coordination to urban sprawl, spatial mismatch...

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7. Establishment and Improvement of Regional Cooperation Mechanisms in the Pan-Pearl River Delta

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pp. 125-136

Regional cooperation can be viewed as support and exchange among regions in terms of market liberalization, investment, trade, infrastructure development and environmental protection, with the common aim of maximizing economic, social and ecological advantages. To facilitate...

Part III: Regional Infrastructure Development and Cooperation

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pp. 137-190

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8. Regional Transportation Development Strategy for the Pan-Pearl River Delta

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pp. 139-157

The Pearl River Delta (PRD) comprises Guangzhou, Shenzhen and thirteen other cities and counties (districts) in Guangdong Province. It was one of the earliest regions to implement economic reform, and is one of the fastest growing areas of China. By the end of 2006, its GDP...

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9. Infrastructure Development in the Pan-Pearl River Delta: Opportunities and Challenges

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pp. 159-179

For a region so large in area and population, so diversified in its geography and history, and so multi-faceted in its political make-up, the Pan-Pearl River Delta (Pan-PRD), created in June 2004, has become the banner under which regional cooperation and economic development have been advanced...

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10. Government Power and its Impact on Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Cooperation: Cooperative Networks and Regional Governance

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pp. 181-190

China’s transition from a planned economy to a market-oriented economy has led to the emergence of ‘local economic dukedoms’. This is reflected not only in the internal organization of production factors and structures, but also in the spatial fragmentation of the regional economy. The situation has produced urban...

Part IV: Regional Real Estate Development and Cooperation

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pp. 191-234

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11. Land Use Structure Optimization and Urban Development in the Pearl River Delta

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pp. 193-214

The Pearl River Delta (PRD) is located in the southern-central part of Guangdong province on the downstream section of the Pearl River. The region encompasses the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Jiangmen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. It covers an area of approximately 54,744 square kilometres (km

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12. Provincial Construction Industry Competitiveness in the Pan-Pearl River Delta

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pp. 215-230

China’s regional economic structure has changed rapidly since the globalization and unification of its regional economies. The scale of receptiveness and economic change is increasing and the market economy is becoming more sophisticated. Various types of economic districts have come into being such as free-trade zones, unified tax zones...

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13. Perspective and Prospects of China’s Pan-Pearl River Delta

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pp. 231-234

Signed in June 2004, the ‘Pan-PRD Regional Cooperation Framework Agreement’ officially launched Pan-Pearl River Delta (Pan-PRD) regionalization. Known as ‘9 2’, Pan-PRD regionalization represents a new collaborative initiative to develop an integral regional economy in China. It is believed that the formation...


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pp. 235-243

E-ISBN-13: 9789888053438
Print-ISBN-13: 9789888028504

Page Count: 264
Illustrations: 5 colour, 24 b/w illus.
Publication Year: 2011