Development Zones (Kāifāqū 开发区)|Kāifāqū 开发区 (Development Zones)
ZHANG Xing Quan
Development zones—special areas for international trade and investment, export processing, and technology evolution—are thriving and driving China’s economy. Administered locally, development zones are the pride and, in many cases, the future of a growing number of Chinese townships, small cities, and counties as they jump on the economic bandwagon.
China created its first development zones in 1984. Their formation intensified the country’s open-door policy and engagement with the outside world. By