Kam Wing CHAN and Man WANG

A worker at a-Heavy Machinery Plant in Beijing. Although China’s industrial production increased rapidly during the beginning of the Communist era, China’s Urban centers remained relatively small. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.

Urban geography addresses the development of cities—from their origins and organizational principles to their evolving infrastructures and policies. China’s urban development has been most dramatically affected by shifts in its economic strategies, from a focus on national self-sufficiency to an

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