Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2001, Vol. 56 ›› Issue (2): 127-135.doi: 10.11821/xb200102001

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An Analysis of Spatial Structure and Optimal Regional Development

LU Da dao   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2000-10-19 Revised:2000-12-07 Online:2001-03-15 Published:2001-03-15
  • Supported by:
    Key Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences,No.KZ951-B1-203-1

Abstract: This paper is a further analysis of the “Pole Axis Theory” and related “T shaped” spatial structure of the industrial allocation in China, which was developed by the author a decade ago. It starts with an analysis of the relationship between different types of spatial structure and regional development, and of how to achieve optimal regional development through optimal spatial organization as well. Then, based upon existing theories and practices in China, it discusses the formation of the “pole & axis” system by disclosing the evolution of socio economic organization and demonstrates that such a system is the most efficient spatial structure that can lead to optimal regional/national development. Lastly, the paper concludes that the strategy of a “T shaped” spatial structure of industrial allocation, which is an application of the “Pole Axis Theory”, has played a very important role in the spatial economic development in China in the last decade.

Key words: spatial structure, regional development, “Pole &, Axis System”

CLC Number: 

  • F061