BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese cities saw the
fastest economic growth among all cities internationally, in 2008, but their
overall competitiveness was still only at medium or low levels globally,
according to a report released here Tuesday.
The report, entitled the Blue Book of Urban
Competitiveness, was released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
It showed that ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities worldwide in 2008 were in
The ten cities are Baotou and Hohhot in the northern
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Yantai, Weifang and Weihai in eastern Shandong
Province, Dongguan, Zhongshan and Huizhou in southern Guangdong Province, and
Wuhu and Hefei in eastern Anhui Province.
However, Chinese cities ranked at only medium or low
levels among world cities in terms of overall competitiveness, the report said.
The ten most competitive cities in China, according
to the report, are Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Guangzhou,
Qingdao, Tianjin, Suzhou and Kaohsiung. But Hong Kong only ranked the 26th among
world cities, Shanghai the 41th, and the others still lower.
Ni Pengfei, a CASS scholar who led the research, said
294 large and medium-sized China cities were rated, including those in Hong
Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
The overall competitiveness of a city is based on its
advantages in human resources, capital, science and technology, infrastructure,
environment, governance and so on.
The report was compiled by nearly 100 scholars from
Chinese universities, statistics departments, and research institutes.