Special Economic Zones and China’s Path

  • Tao Yitao
Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)


China’s path lies in setting up special economic zones to accomplish the transformation of the system and in establishing a market economic system to seek a road of development from widespread poverty to prosperity for all. The establishment of special economic zones opened the road to scientific development in Chinese society and presented a shortcut for Chinese society to achieve modernization amidst extreme disequilibrium of development among regions, between urban areas and rural areas. The practice of tortuous reforms and the opening up accompanied by remarkable achievements in China’s special economic zones, represented by Shenzhen, reveals the distinctiveness of China’s characteristic path for realizing modernization and offers a choice of developmental path to be adopted by transitional countries and emerging countries with a market economy.


Special economic zones Institutional change China’s path Shenzhen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tao Yitao
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  1. 1.China Center for Special Economic Zone ResearchShenzhen UniversityShenzheChina

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