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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.61 The Guangxi-Guangdong West River-Pearl River Corridor 2020’s: Some Development Frameworks for New Opportunities

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Globalization in Asia into the 2020's has created a momentum for many new city-regions with competitive advantages to capture value-added products. With the newly formed ASEAN-China Alliance, Guangxi Province is destined to become a trading, logistics, industrial, service and comprehensive center after Guangdong, a highly developed early entrant with a series of competitive cities and rich talents. In order to function as an economic corridor, they have formed “1 Axis, 2 Nuclei and 4 Clusters”, with GD transferring some of the industries and businesses to GX for higher efficiency and effectiveness. The distinct urban functions of the 7 High Speed Rail stations and cities have to be shaped with empathy on their commonalities and differences. Domestically, the West River flows east to link up the Pearl River Delta, where the Nanning cluster of Wuzhou and Guigang transform to integrate Yunfu, Shaoxing, Foshan and Guangzhou. A web of “Golden Waterways” and inland ports throughout have been in operation for centuries as lifelines. To the southeast is Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the latter being an international trade and finance hub at the visionary "Greater Bay”. The new HSR network is redefining time, place, space and new development opportunities. Internationally, this city-regional thrust has already formed myriad co-operations, e.g. ASEAN+3, and “One Belt, One Road”. In 2017, the US withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership might generate new initiatives with Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada. This study will provide an initial development framework, presenting key elements on cases of cities and identifying new investment opportunities. With the Corridor covering over 58 million population, it will likely be one of high and smart growth dynamics to fit visions and missions in South China in the near future.

Kui Chi Ip, New Asia Arts & Business College; Thomas Yip, ; Daniel Wong, T2X Global

Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)