Programme Paper

Project: Asia Programme

Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme (based in Hong Kong)
Doris Ma
  • China's response to the global financial crisis has led to limited geographical rebalancing in China's growth towards its Western regions.
  • The rapid development of China's export-oriented coastal provinces in the 1990s, and greater industrial agglomeration there, created a growing gap between China's eastern and western regions.
    • China's response to the global financial crisis has led to limited geographical rebalancing in China's growth towards its western regions.
    • The rapid development of China's export-oriented coastal provinces in the 1990s, and greater industrial agglomeration there, created a growing gap between China's eastern and western regions.
    • The concept of the 'west stretches beyond a strict geographical understanding of the western areas of the country, and can perhaps be best understood as comprising China's more remote or frontier areas, a perception which often gives rise to an automatic assumption that the western regions are 'backward'.
    • The data shows that there has been a substantial increase in overall GDP of the western regions. A significant driver of that growth has been fixed asset investment.
    • The western regions will become an increasingly important part of China's economic development.