The Guangdong Development Model and Its Challenges

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As Hong Kong's neighbour and as the most dynamic province of China, Guangdong is in search of a new direction of development. This search is necessitated in good part by the changing strategic focus of China's "open policy" - a shift from the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province to the Pudong area of Shanghai in the Yangtze River Delta. The "Guangdong Model" is now rivalled by other development models. This book consists of 14 chapters and discusses many economic and social issues.
Pub. Date
Feb 1, 1999
462 pages
218 x 305 mm

Established in 1992, the Contemporary China Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, has formed a team of researchers to study the development experience of Guangdong Province. This is probably the largest gr

Established in 1992, the Contemporary China Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, has formed a team of researchers to study the development experience of Guangdong Province. This is probably the largest group of academics outside China working on the province. The approach that the Centre takes is multi-disciplinary and involves scholars from all the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. The research team travels frequently in Guangdong and each team member has established an excellent network of ties in support of his or her research.

The first project of the group concentrated on the factors contributing to the spectacular economic growth of Guangdong. In the 1953-78 period, Guangdong's average annual growth rate of 5.3% was slightly lower than the national average of 6%. In the era of economic reforms and opening to the outside world, however, the province achieved an average annual growth rate of 15%, far exceeding the national average of 10%. The second project of the Centre studied the different models of development within the province, emphasizing Guangdong's role as a laboratory for experiments in economic reforms in China.

By the mid-1990s, Guangdong had to face a new set of challenges, which again demanded the cultivation of a new culture. Traits of the current culture such as pragmatism and quick responses are no longer adequate. Acquisition of expertise and the formulation of strategies with a new vision are demanded for the new stage of development. This is exactly the focus of this volume, and the authors hope that their extensive fieldwork would enable them to offer solutions to overcome the existing problems.

The editor would like to take this opportunity to thank the authors for their co-operation in revising the manuscripts and keeping various deadlines. He is also most grateful for the support given by Mr. Patrick Kwong and Dr. Paul Kwong of the City University of Hong Kong Press in the publication of this book. Obviously the editor and the authors have to assume responsibility for the errors and omissions.

Joseph Y. S. Cheng
24 December 1998
  1. Introduction
  2. Guangdong's New Development Strategy
  3. Regional Development in the Yangtze and the Zhujiang Delta Regions
  4. Pearl Riversville: A Survey of Urbanization
  5. Economic Legislation in the Pearl River Delta
  6. Changes in Guangdong's Export Pattern and Its Economic Implications
  7. Labour and Employment
  8. What is the Future of Employment Relation-ship in the Pearl River Delta
  9. Educational Development in Guangdong in the Context of Educational Reform in China
  10. Language Education in a Market-Oriented Economic Region
  11. Managing Revolutionary Transformation: Action and Reaction
  12. The Drug Problem in Guangdong product of Development
  13. Sustainable Development in the Pearl River Delta Region: The Case of Guangzhou
  14. Conclusion
Joseph Y. S. CHENG: Chair Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Contemporary China Research Project, City University of Hong Kong. He is the founding editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences and The Journal of Comparative Asian Development. He has published widely on the political development in China and Hong Kong, Chinese foreign policy and local government in southern China. He has recently edited volumes on China: A New Stage of Development for An Emerging Superpower; and The Second Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR: Evaluating the Tsang Years 2005–2012. He is now serving as convenor of the Alliance for True Democracy in Hong Kong.