Study on Cross-Border Integration and Development in the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone


  • Zheng Liu Tongji University


Cross-Boundary Integration, Hengqin Cooperation zone, Regional Synergy, Spatial Governance, Multicultural Dynamics




This comprehensive study, titled "Research on Cross-Boundary Integration Development in the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone," explores the intricate dynamics of cross-boundary integration within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. It especially focuses on the Hengqin region's distinct border characteristics, which represent a dual nature of both geographical demarcation and systemic transition. This aspect makes Hengqin a prime example of "cross-boundary, cross-system" integration. The research unfolds across four key sections: the background and rationale for the topic, a thorough literature review, an in-depth examination of the research content and design, and a comprehensive research plan.

In the first section, the study delves into the emergence of cross-boundary regions as pivotal new economic spaces, social network hubs, and institutional reform pilot areas, a development arising from the depths of globalization and regional integration trends. Hengqin's strategic location between Macao and Zhuhai positions it as an essential area in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Its development transcends traditional urban expansion, exemplifying a strategic move to overcome regional integration challenges. Uniquely, Hengqin navigates the complexities of being at the crossroads of different administrative systems and cultural contexts. This positioning makes it an ideal case study for examining cross-boundary, cross-system integration.

The research aims to address how Hengqin can achieve this intricate integration by focusing on its distinctive characteristics compared to other international cross-boundary cooperation zones. The analysis is multifaceted: examining Hengqin's unique traits, analyzing the stages and nature of its cross-boundary development, evaluating the current level of integration, and deciphering the key dynamics and evolutionary rules of cross-boundary integration. This includes a focus on Hengqin's role as a geographical and systemic bridge, necessitating innovative planning strategies and institutional adaptations to effectively manage its unique dualism.

The theoretical significance of this study lies in enriching the perspective of cross-boundary area studies, particularly focusing on regions like Hengqin that straddle different systems and jurisdictions. It proposes an integrated conceptual framework for understanding and navigating the complexities of such unique areas. On a practical level, the study provides strategic and institutional recommendations for the high-quality development of Hengqin. It summarizes the experiences and lessons learned from Hengqin’s position as a cross-boundary, cross-system region, offering insights into managing similar zones elsewhere.

The literature review section extensively covers theories on cross-boundary regional integration and global case studies. It emphasizes the role of cross-boundary cooperation zones as special policy spaces and the importance of scale reorganization in regional coordinated development. Methodologies employed include comprehensive literature research, detailed case analysis, robust data analysis, and inductive reasoning, all tailored to the unique characteristics of Hengqin.

In conclusion, the research underscores the inherent challenges of cross-boundary integration development, such as the complexity inherent in such projects, the intricacies of data collection and integration, and the nuances of understanding and embracing multicultural factors. Overall, this study offers an in-depth exploration of the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone, highlighting its role as a model for global cross-boundary, cross-system regional integration development, and setting a precedent for similar initiatives worldwide.


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