Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2010, Vol. 65 ›› Issue (4): 407-415.doi: 10.11821/xb201004003

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The Impacts of Exports on Regional Economic Development and Industrial Restructuring in China

LIU Wei-dong1,2; LIU Hong-guang1,2,3; TANG Zhi-peng1,2; WANG Liang1,2,3   

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling; Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research; CAS; Beijing 100101; China; 
    2.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research; CAS; Beijing 100101; China; 
    3.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Beijing 100049; China
  • Received:2009-08-18 Revised:2010-03-01 Online:2010-04-25 Published:2010-04-25
  • Supported by:

    Fundamental research program of MOST (2007FY140800-2)


In the last two decades,especially since joining the World Trade Organization in 2002,China has witnessed a rapid growth in international trade of commodities,which is seen as a major driver to its economic growth.The rise of China as a major import & export country,not only changes the world\'s economic geography,but also has significant impacts on its domestic economic geography.The European Union (EU),USA and Japan are the largest trade partners of China,accounting for about half of China\'s import & export in 2008.Given the economic difficulties faced by both China and others as a result of the current world-wide financial crisis,it is meaningful to examine the impacts of Chinese exports to the EU,USA and Japan on the development of both sides.In this paper,we will focus on such impacts on regional development in China.We try to compute the contribution of Sino-EU,Sino-USA and Sino-Japan exports to provincial GDP growth and industrial restructuring in China in terms of value-added.We find the exports to the EU,USA and Japan have major contributions to economic growth and industrial upgrading in some coastal provinces,e.g.Shanghai,Jiangsu and Guangdong.

Key words: export, financial crisis, regional development, industrial restructuring, China

CLC Number: 

  • F752.62