1st Edition

Chinese Regions in Change Industrial upgrading and regional development strategies

By Hong Yu Copyright 2015
    192 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers extensive and quality research on and original insights into China’s internal regional dynamics. It provides a focused analysis of the internal dynamics and regional economic diversity of China covering the eastern, central and western regions through case study, data analysis and review of state-initiated policy measures.

    The book also identifies and analyses existing and potential challenges facing China’s regions in their pursuit of sustainable development. Different regions in China have attempted to achieve fast economic growth and move up the industrial value chain through industrial restructuring and upgrading, inter-regional industrial transfer, urbanization or seeking central government’s endorsement of new regional policies. The book examines the difference and similarities among local government policies to boost regional industrial and economic growth and assesses their implications and effectiveness. The author had conducted detailed studies in this field in order to bridge the existing research gap and the book will help to give rise to useful and illuminating discussion.

    1. Introduction 2. Industrial Upgrading in Guangdong 3. China Embarks on Ambitious Megacity Plans in Guangdong 4. Nansha New District in Guangdong: state initiatives and perspectives 5. Development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Economic Zone 6. Developing China’s Hainan into an International Tourism Destination 7. Development of the Central Region in China 8. China’s Western Development Strategy: Ten Years On 9. Chengdu: A Rising Economic Star in Western China 10. The Guangxi Beibu Gulf Economic Zone 11. Inter-Regional Industrial Transfer in China 12. China’s "Ghost" Cities


    Hong Yu is a research fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield. His research interests lie in the field of regional economic development in China. He also has a parallel interest in the areas of industrial development and political economy of China. Dr Yu’s research articles have appeared in international journals such as Journal of Contemporary China; East Asia: An International Quarterly; China: An International Journal; Asian Politics & Policy and East Asian Policy. He is the single author of the book Economic Development and Inequality in China: the Case of Guangdong (Routledge, London and New York: 2011).