Territory planning in China: a new regional approach

Ya Ping Wang, C. Hague

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    Under Mao, China followed a Soviet-style development strategy based on industrial growth and under-urbanization. The regional dimension of such policy was largely shaped by defence considerations. The reforms of the 1980s include territory planning - a new, more comprehensive approach to regional planning and development. The national territory planning outlines are reviewed, and a case study of territory planning in Shaanxi Province is used to illustrate the process of plan-making. Territory planning is interpreted as an attempt to move towards a more market-based and decentralized form of development planning, while still operating within the confines of a centrally planned socialist economy. Interesting features are the new emphasis on environmental protection and the acceptance of substantial urbanization. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)561-573
    Number of pages13
    JournalRegional Studies
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1993


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