The Geo-economic Dimension of China’s Overseas Economic and Trade Cooperation Zones: Evidence from countries along the “Belt and Road”

Authors: Liangming Yin*,
Topics: Economic Geography, China, Urban Geography
Keywords: Overseas Economic and Trade Cooperation Zones; Geoeconomics characteristics; Belt and Road; China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM
Room: Madison A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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China's Oversea Economic and Trade Cooperation Zones are an important platform for Chinese enterprises to "go global". Besides, they have a very significant effect on shaping the geo-economic landscape between China and the host country. Countries along the “Belt and Road” have become an important area for the construction of cooperation zones in recent years. Taking these regions as samples, this study identifies and demonstrates the evolution and distribution of these regions and then discusses regional development from a geoeconomic perspective. The results show that these regions have experienced a 10-year exploration period and a 7-year growth period and are now in a regulatory period. The distribution of these zones have the following characteristics. Firstly, they are numerous and widely distributed. Secondly, most of the zones are located in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Thirdly, there are very few types of zones , and the industries are mainly based on low-end manufacturing, resource utilization and agricultural development.

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