City Development and Internationalization in China

Quanzhou, Yiwu, and Nanning

  • Qianyi Wang
  • Kee Cheok Cheong
  • Ran Li

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 1-16
  3. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 17-52
  4. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 53-62
  5. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 63-97
  6. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 129-150
  7. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 151-166
  8. Qianyi Wang, Kee Cheok Cheong, Ran Li
    Pages 167-177
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 179-187

About this book


“Using in-depth research on particular cities, this book breaks ground by demonstrating that China has developed rapidly through a myriad of influences by stakeholders.”
—Rajah Rasiah, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Malaya, Malaysia

 “Grounded on empirical case studies, this book is a must-read that narrates the role of culture, historical legacy, and interventionist government in developing the different regions in China.”
—Li Yurui, Professor of Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

This book explores how history shapes city development, assesses the role of government at national and sub-national levels through case studies of three secondary cities, Quanzhou, Yiwu and Nannin, and provides a link between city evelopment and internationalization. In doing so, the book highlights alternative paths to development and internationalization that have received little attention in mainstream discussions.

 The case studies in the book provide insights into the development and internationalization of cities, linking them to historical, social, institutional and economic factors—narratives that bridge the two themes of city development and internationalization. Strong analyses are accompanied by photographs and charts that allow the reader to learn about Chinese cities beyond the major urban areas in China, garner better understanding of the role of the Chinese state, and appreciate the relevance of “city-specific assets” for city planning.

Qianyi Wang is a lecturer at the Economic School of Shandong Technology and Business University, China. Her research focuses on urban-rural coordinated development and urban studies from local stakeholders’ perspectives.

Kee Cheok Cheong is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia. His research interests include economic development, transition economies, particularly China and Vietnam, and international economic relations.
Ran Li is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Her specialization is in the transformation of China’s state enterprises, state enterprise system and China’s political-economic system.


Urban Economics of China History and City Development in China Alternative city development modes in China China’s secondary cities Government role in city development in China Urban growth and internationalization in China Shopping tourism in China State-led Development in China ASEAN gateway city Small traders’ market in China Diaspora connections in China Commodities market in China

Authors and affiliations

  • Qianyi Wang
    • 1
  • Kee Cheok Cheong
    • 2
  • Ran Li
    • 3
  1. 1.YantaiChina
  2. 2.Petaling JayaMalaysia
  3. 3.Kuala LumpurMalaysia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-0543-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-0544-7
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