China's most competitive cities named

17:11, April 26, 2010      

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China's top-10 most competitive cities in 2009 are Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Gaoxiong, Dalian and Qingdao, according to the "2010 Blue Paper on the Competitiveness of Chinese Cities,” published by Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) on Monday.

CASS held a news conference for the blue paper as well as a seminar on April 26 centered on the theme of "Competitiveness—Cities Advance with the Country." They discussed the competitiveness of major Chinese cities and analyzed their position within the global city system.

Ni Pengfei, a doctoral graduate who released the blue paper, introduced the content. He said that the overall report on Chinese cities' competitive power can be summarized with five points.

First, the competitive power of coastal cities in eastern China has seen a relative downward trend while cities in central and northern China are rising in power. Second, the top-10 most competitive cities are scattered among five areas with coastal cities in the north showing a rising trend while those in the south show a declining trend.

Third, cities nationwide show an overall rising trend with some potential cities showing their own characteristics. Fourth, the advantages of southeastern cities are beginning to decline and the gap between them and other cities is beginning to narrow. Fifth, provincial cities' competitive power has changed, with central and western cities showing an upward trend.

Among the top-10 cities, three are from the Pearl River Delta, one is from the Yangtze River Delta, two are from Taiwan, three are from around the Bohai Sea region and one is from northeastern China.

"Dalian is the first city from the northeastern regions to make the list and this is what we mean when we said that the competitiveness of coastal cities is showing a declining trend," said Ni.

He added that they have made comparisons with previous competitiveness indices for the past five years and found that Tianjin, Qingdao and Dalian progressed quickly. Tianjin is now very close to Guangzhou. Tianjin moved from 15th in 2005 to seventh in 2009 while Guangzhou moved from eighth in 2005 to sixth in 2009. Several cities even had a downward trend, such as Gaoxiong, which ranked sixth in 2005 but eighth in 2009.

By People's Daily Online


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