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The Spatial Network of Beibu Gulf Urban Agglomeration and Its Challenges for Coordinated Integral Development

  • Junneng Wang
  • Jianquan ChengEmail author
  • Nianxiu Qin
  • Qingyi Chen
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Abstract

The Beibu Gulf Urban Agglomeration (BGUA), as one of the newly planned urban agglomerations in the southern China, has become a strategical focal point to support the future development of the region and its surrounding areas. From the perspective of city spatial network, this chapter aims to explore BGUA’s spatial linkage and main characteristics by analyzing urban networks and their inter-city interactions. The results reveal BGUA’s weak position in the network due to its insufficient competition with other cities. We argue that the BGUA, centered on Nanning, Zhanjiang, and Haikou, has been initially formed as a kind of “weak-nuclear” model and the central cities have not played their radial roles in promoting regional economy. The networking effect between cities is still dominated by inter-provincial linkages due to the negative influence from geographical and administrative divisions. There has been limited coordination between the cities within the urban agglomeration due to their varied stage of urban development. We conclude by suggesting the development strategy towards enhancing the networking effect and optimizing the inter-city coordination from four different perspectives, namely, transport infrastructure, economic development, regional governance, and urban/town development.

Keywords

Beibu Gulf urban agglomeration Networking Spatial linkage City flow Inter-city interactions 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was jointly supported with funding given by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No: 41461007) and the Early Career Foundation from the Guangxi Teachers Education University (Grant No: 8656-QQJJ2013005).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junneng Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jianquan Cheng
    • 2
    Email author
  • Nianxiu Qin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qingyi Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geography and PlanningGuangxi Teachers Education UniversityNanningChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Environment Change and Resources Use in Beibu GulfMinistry of Education, Guangxi Teachers Education UniversityNanningChina

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