SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2020, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (7): 1104-1113.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2020.07.007

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Spatial Agglomeration and Unbalanced Development of Elements in Northeast China

Zhao Ruyu1(), Xu Jun2,*()   

  1. 1. Northeast Asian Research Center of Jilin University, Changchun 130012, Jilin, China
    2. Northeast Asian Studies College, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, Jilin, China
  • Received:2019-06-10 Online:2020-07-10 Published:2020-12-07
  • Contact: Xu Jun;


Based on the county-level production factors and GDP data of Northeast China from 2000 to 2017, this article examines the spatial-temporal characteristics and spatial relationship of factor agglomeration and unbalanced development in Northeast China with the help of spatial analysis methods. The results show that: 1) Since 2000, the factor agglomeration in Northeast China has generally shown a downward trend and the regional differences have narrowed. 2) The spatial agglomeration of elements and the level of economic development have evolved from high-value areas with a central city as the core, and gradually evolved into high-value agglomeration areas with the central city as the core and its neighboring regions. The spatial coupling between the two is good, which forms a high degree of spatial consistency between the factor aggregation and economic development in the central and southern regions; however, there is a significant spatial dislocation in the northern region, especially in the municipal districts of Hegang and Yichun in the northern region. The degree of agglomeration is higher than other regions, but the level of economic development is at a low to medium level. It can be seen that urban agglomerations dominated by Kazakh clusters and central and southern Liaoning urban agglomerations are gradually becoming the core driving areas of social development in the Northeast region. 3) Factors such as location differences, city-biased development policies, and industrial transformation and upgrading have combined to dominate the spatial differentiation of factor agglomeration and unbalanced development in Northeast China.

Key words: agglomeration of elements, unbalanced development, economic transformation, urban agglomeration, Northeast China

CLC Number: 

  • F129.9