Cross-border cooperation and the space governance rescaling of border provincial capital cities in China

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Border provincial capital cities have achieved more attention from superior governments in the background of Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC), and have been given more national functions of political, financial, trading and cultural exchanging functions. All CBC functions are determined and carried out by all levels of government based on different targets, and reshape these cities’ space governance scale by multi-objective and multi-level governments’ coordination and cooperation. This paper suggests that there should be multi-level analytical framework for border provincial capital cities developing especially in China, for the reason of the top-down politic and administrative system. First of all, it reviews CBC policies and spatial effect at 3 levels of government (central, provincial and city government) on Nanning (provincial capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region). Secondly, it analyses the characteristics of spatial plan and development, taking Wuxiang New District (WND) as an example, and argues that the spatial development policies of WND was guiding by central and provincial governments which even partly dominated its spatial structure. At last, it holds that local cooperating space emergence is under the control of central government, and local cooperating innovation in policy and space (including provincial and city levels) is the fundamental reason of local space diversification. The space governance of provincial capital cities is an indication of top-down guidance and bottom-up innovation, carried out by central, provincial and city government coordination.
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