International Development Planning Review

China's extended metropolitan regions: Formation and delimitation

International Development Planning Review (2005), 27, (3), 297–331.

Abstract

Since the Opening and Reform Policy in 1978, China has registered continuous and rapid economic growth as the country has become increasingly integrated into global capitalist economic processes. Within this period, the most rapidly growing areas have been the three clusters of cities in the coastal region. They are identified in this paper as the extended metropolitan regions (EMRs). The paper will first discuss the concept of the EMR and deliberate on the method of their delimitation in China. It will then map out the increasing significance of these regions in the Chinese economy and the important role of global economic processes in their rapid growth. The paper concludes that concentrated growth of the Chinese economy in the form of the EMRs will continue, and that further attention to improve the EMR concept and the related study methods will enhance our understanding of China's regional economic development under intensified economic globalisation

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