Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2004, Vol. 59 ›› Issue (7s): 93-100.doi: 10.11821/xb20047s013

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Prospect on Urban and Regionl Research in China: A View of Globalization

JIAN Boxiu   

  1. Institute of Urban Planning, Taibei University,Taibei 106
  • Received:2004-01-10 Revised:2004-08-27 Online:2004-12-25 Published:2004-12-25


Globalization has recently become one of the popular issues influencing spatial studies, and it even becomes an approach of urban-regional study being discussed in the new era. Indeed, after the 1990s follow the change of the economic structure of capitalism and the development of the maladjustment of the supply and demand of the global market and the centralization of economy, the money market, service business, and the equipment of communication. This makes the phenomenon of globalization reflect the "global" city levels of spatial articulation. This paper tries to explore new issues and hypotheses in the research of city and region in China via a view of globalization. By both historical review on China urban and regional researches, and tendency of new researches in the world, this paper suggests that it is concerned new frontier literatures in China city and region on globalization aspects, including: (1) world city; (2) urbanization; (3) the formation of urban-region; (4) the link of trans-state; (5) the city of internal transformation; (6) regional unbalance; and (7) social polarization.

Key words: globalization, urban and regional research, China