Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (2): 261-276.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202102002

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Chinese balanced regional development strategy from the perspective of development geography

DENG Xiangzheng1,2,3(), LIANG Li1,2,3, WU Feng1,2, WANG Zhenbo4, HE Shujin1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    4. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2021-01-01 Revised:2021-01-25 Online:2021-02-25 Published:2021-04-25
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771568);Social Development Science and Technology Project of Chaoyang District, Beijing, China(CYSF1906)


Large regional differences and uneven regional development is fundamental of China. Regional balanced development is an important topic in the field of development geography. This study reviews the course of regional balanced development in China and summarize the characteristics of regional balanced development in each period. This study suggests that inter- regional development of China shows a state of succession between balanced development and non-balanced development. Each succession brings the quality of social development to a new level and gradually make social development move towards the state of high- quality development and balanced regional development. Then, this study discusses the scientific connotation of regional balanced development. Under the guidance of sustainable development theory, we should pay attention to the resource endowment difference in different area, solve the problem among economy, human and nature and promote spatial balance of regional development and green development of ecological economic coordination. The balanced promotion of regional people's well-being is the ultimate goal of regional balanced development. In the end, based on the thinking of development geography, this study discusses the path of regional balanced development in China from three aspects of society, economy and ecology. Suggestions are put forward for the balanced development of China's regions and the improvement of people's well-being.

Key words: regional development, balanced development, high-quality development, development pathways, development geography