Overview: Restructuring Chinese space in the new millennium

Peter J. Rimmer*

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    This collection is concerned with understanding the nature of China's spatial development during the transition to a socialist market economy. It does so primarily by questioning the applicability of the 'desakota' model and extended metropolitan region (EMR) concept to the contemporary Chinese space economy. Yu Zhu's contribution extends the 'desakota' model by applying it to rural areas without the attraction of large cities. Wing-Shing Tang and Him Chung's contribution discusses illegal land use and construction to highlight the rural-urban transition's negative and disintegrative aspects glossed over by the 'desakota' model, which stem from the extension of urban administration to former rural areas and the redistributive effects of land use reform. Andrew Marton sees the original 'desakota' model being rejuvenated by introducing the notion of rural agglomeration, a clearer recognition of local administrative structures and an appreciation that development issues now take place within a global-local framework. George Lin explores the lingering effects of rural origins on Chinese identity and how this affects subsequent social and commercial groups within the Chinese diaspora. Peter Rimmer and Claude Comtois show how changes in China's transport and telecommunications industry underlie, to a significant degree, the restructuring of China's space economy and the country's links to the rest of the world. Overall the contributions highlight that a new consensus will be required for any revised model of the Chinese space economy if this is to provide guidance for planners engaged in restructuring Chinese space in the new millennium.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalAsia Pacific Viewpoint
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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