Cities are not growing in silos, but increasingly functioning as clusters. In China’s newly released national development plans, city clusters are designated as the primary form of China’s urbanisation for the coming decade. Dirven by both market and government forces, city clusters are becoming a dominant feature of China’s urban landscape, enabling cities — as cluster members — to benefit from each other’s competitive advantages. This study reports on the findings of a study which maps out China’s 22 city clusters (covering 192 cities) and examines their key characteristics, economic performances, positioning in the national development and future development trends. For companies seeking opportunities in China, managing their businesses by city clusters allows them to leverage the linkages and common features among different cities to achieve synergies.
About the Speaker
Dr. Wendy Hong is Vice President of Li & Fung Development (China) LTD, Fung Business Intelligence Centre. Her research covers a variety of areas, including business model innovations, global supply chain trends, China’s cities and city clusters, China’s macroeconomic trends, Mainland-Hong Kong economic cooperation, and other issues concerning the Group’s business strategies in China.
Dr. Hong has been teaching at the Civil Service Training and Development Institute of the Hong Kong SAR Government since 2014. She is currently a member of the Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area Task Force and the Belt and Road Working Group of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
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