Structural Evolution and Spatial Matching of Port System in the Context of the Three Direct Links between Fujian and Taiwan, China

  • College of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350007, China

Received date: 2010-10-20

  Revised date: 2011-04-06

  Online published: 2011-05-20


Based on the analysis of the structural evolution of port system in both Fujian and Taiwan, the article puts forward the strategic conception of spatial matching of port system between Fujian and Taiwan. The results are as follows: 1) In recent 30 years, the evolution of spatial structure of port system is characterized by inverted "U" in Fujian, and characterized by "N" in Taiwan; 2) The hierarchical structure of port system has been improved gradually in Fujian, which is more reasonable than that in Taiwan. The evolution process of port system in Taiwan is at adjustment stage; 3) In Fujian and Taiwan, the cargo types of port throughput are similar, but the proportion of high value-added cargo in Taiwan is larger than that in Fujian. Two comprehensive ports of Keelung and Kaohsiung and a batch of professional ports have formed in Taiwan, while Fujian just has a few comprehensive ports, providing limited impetus for local port system development and the functions of small and medium ports are more or less the same; 4) In future, cross-strait port system will arise, which includes two pivotal ports—Xiamen port and Kaohsiung port as the centers, the Fuzhou port, Keelung port, Quanzhou port and Taichung port as sub-centers, and Meizhou port, Zhangzhou port, Ningde port, Taipei port and Hualian port as general regional ports.

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WANG Qiang, WU Shi-Dai, XU Ling-Lin . Structural Evolution and Spatial Matching of Port System in the Context of the Three Direct Links between Fujian and Taiwan, China[J]. SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 2011 , 31(5) : 513 -519 . DOI: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2011.05.513


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