The Development of For eign Tr ade in China's Seven Economic Regions and Its Regional Pattern Changes, 1965- 2004

  • 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China;
    3. Management College of Hebei University, Baoding 066004, China

Received date: 2007-01-08

  Revised date: 2007-04-03

  Online published: 2007-08-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.70173022


Based on the calculation and analysis of the statistical data on foreign trade and GDP in China and the primary study on the foreign trade development concerning China and the three major regions, the authors discussed the following issues concerning the foreign trade development in seven economic regions of China and its regional pattern changes in different periods from 1965 to 2004 in this paper, as the growth of foreign trade value, the changes of degree of foreign economic dependence, the changes of regional distribution and the causes to the changes. The major conclusions by the authors are: (1) the change of national development strategies turned the enclosed China into an open country; (2) the amounts of foreign trade have been increased both nationally and regionally, however, there is no fundamental change to the relative positions of the seven regions in the national foreign trade; (3) the gap of foreign trade has not been narrowed, but enlarged among these seven regions, particularly between Southeast China and other regions; and (4) with the development of market-oriented economy, the disparity between Southeast China and other regions has been accelerated.

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LU Qi, ZHANG Chaoyang, YANG Chunyue, ZENG Lei . The Development of For eign Tr ade in China's Seven Economic Regions and Its Regional Pattern Changes, 1965- 2004[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2007 , 62(8) : 799 -808 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200708002


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