Since the reform and opening up by the end of 1970s, the fast growing Chinese economy attracts increasingly more global attention. Although all regions experienced rapid economic growth in the last two decades, the growth rate in costal provinces from eastern China is obviously much higher than most provinces in western China. At present, the gradually widening regional gap in terms of economic development gradually becomes a big challenge for the country to sustain its economic growth and social stability. As a result, many scholars are engaged in researches on the reasons which lead to the regional disparities and how to reduce the inter-regional gap and balance the regional economic development throughout the country.
Min Wei/Yanling Zhang