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China's Spatial (Dis)integration - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081003879, 9780081004036

China's Spatial (Dis)integration

1st Edition

Political Economy of the Interethnic Unrest in Xinjiang

Author: Rongxing Guo
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081003879
eBook ISBN: 9780081004036
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 15th May 2015
Page Count: 208
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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • List of abbreviations
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • Preface
  • Tips for readers
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue. A long journey
    • Day 1: Making friends
    • Day 2: “We” versus “They”
    • Day 3: “Beating their noses!”
  • 1. A brief history of Xinjiang
    • Xinjiang: New frontier
    • Rise and fall of Xinjiang
    • Xinjiang in the People’s Republic of China Era
    • Annex: Chronology of key events related to Xinjiang
  • 2. Chinese-style development in Xinjiang: Narrative
    • Quasi-militaristic development zones
    • Large construction projects
    • Pairing-aid programs
    • Inland middle school classes
    • Unresolved issues
    • Annex: Major interprovincial events relating to the Pairing-Aid-to-Xinjiang programs
  • 3. Uyghur unrest and Xinjiang: Narrative
    • Unorganized unrest (1986–1989)
    • Organized unrest (1990s)
    • Unrest from dormancy to activation (2000s)
    • More unrest and attacks (2010–2014)
    • Further implications
    • Annex: Timeline of unrest related to Xinjiang (1986–2014)
  • 4. Determinants of spatial (dis)integration: A model
    • Literature review
    • Analytical framework
    • Interprovincial variables and data
    • Statistical estimation
    • Analytical implications
    • Annex 4.1. A list of China’s 56 ethnic groups
    • Annex 4.2. Data on selected interprovincial variables, 2000 and 2010
    • Annex 4.3. Notes to the regressions
  • 5. Going back to Xinjiang: Analytic narrative
    • A bird’s-eye view of Xinjiang
    • Internal economic performance
    • External economic performance
    • Probing the Xinjiang problem
    • Policy implications
    • Annex 5.1. Regressions for interprovincial export and import, 2000 and 2010
    • Annex 5.2. Measuring ethnic diversity
  • 6. Spatial efficiency and Xinjiang: Policy options
    • Administrative divisions in China
    • Hierarchy, size, and efficiency
    • Dividing Xinjiang: A proposal
    • Broader implications
    • Annex 6.1. Spatial optimization of an administrative area
    • Annex 6.2. Changes of spatial benefit curves after an administrative area is divided into smaller ones
  • References
  • Index


This book is intended to provide the narratives and analytics of China’s spatial (dis)integration. Indeed, the Chinese nation is far too large and spatially complicated and diversified to be misinterpreted. The only feasible approach to analyzing it is, therefore, to divide it into smaller geographical elements through which one can have a better insight into the spatial mechanisms and regional characteristics.

Key Features

  • Provides a combination of narratives and analytical narratives
  • Includes annexes which evaluate provincial and interprovincial panel data and information collected and compiled by the author
  • Offers specialized mathematics and statistical techniques


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"Guo concludes that ethnic integration and mixing is not necessarily a good thing for China, especially between two population groups evincing such dramatic linguistic, religious, and cultural differences." --Public Affairs

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About the Author

Rongxing Guo

Rongxing Guo

Rongxing Guo has more than 20 years' experience in teaching and research in regional economics with an emphasis on cross-border issues. He has also worked extensively in Chinese economic issues related to energy and environmental economics. He is Professor and Head of the Regional Economics Committee of the Regional Science Association of China (RSAC) at Peking University. He has an Amazon author's page.

Affiliations and Expertise

Regional Science Association of China, Beijing, China