Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2018, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (3): 351-366.doi: 10.1007/s11442-018-1477-x

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Regional differences of border geo-cities in China and the surrounding countries

Hao HU1,2,3(), Shufang WANG3,*, Yuejing GE3()   

  1. 1. The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
    2. Institute of Urban Development and Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
    3. Geo-studies Center, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2016-11-29 Accepted:2017-05-17 Online:2018-03-10 Published:2018-04-10
  • Contact: Shufang WANG E-mail:bsdhao@126.com;geyj@bnu.edu.cn
  • About author:

    Author: Hu Hao (1984-), PhD and Associate Professor, specialized in urban and regional development. E-mail: bsdhao@126.com

    *Corresponding author: Ge Yuejing (1963-), Professor, E-mail: geyj@bnu.edu.cn

  • Supported by:
    The National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41171097, No.41701133;Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China, No.16ZDA041;The Special Foundation of China Postdoctoral Science, No.2016T90168

Abstract:

As the improvement of international status and the implementation of China’s neighboring diplomacy, the development of border regions and the security of border cities, as well as their spatial structure and regional differences are gaining more attention from academic circle. Based on the interdisciplinary perspectives of urban geography, regional economics and geopolitics, this paper explores the regional differences of border geo-cities in China and the surrounding countries with the help of remote sensing information acquisition and ArcGIS spatial analysis. Three primary results are found as follows: (1) The border geo-cities in China and surrounding countries are divided into five geographical regions: geo-cities in South China Sea, geo-cities in Southeast Asia, geo-cities in South Asia, geo-cities in Central Asia and geo-cities in Northeast Asia. (2) In the spatial structure system of China’s border geo-cities, the importance of geo-cities in five major regions is fairly different. In terms of the security and economic development, the rank of priority is geo-cities in Northeast Asia, geo-cities in South China Sea, geo-cities in Central Asia, geo-cities in South Asia, geo-cities in Southeast Asia. (3) Considering China’s geo-setting for the development of border geo-cities, the east region is significantly better than the west, and the north region is slightly better than the south.

Key words: geo-setting, regional difference, border regions, border geo-cities, China and the surrounding countries