Vol. 45, No. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2020)
Shenzhen: A Model of the China Model? If Yes, Is It Replicable?
Associate at The China Studies Centre, University
of Sydney, Australia
The city of
Shenzhen is known as China’s Silicon Valley. On 18 August 2019,
Chinese authorities released a policy document stating that
China will make Shenzhen a model city for others to follow.
After an extensive literature review on relevant topics
including economic development, innovation, and growth, regional
economics and regional government analysis, the following
conclusions are drawn: the key of the China Model is the
government’s proactive and facilitating role in the economy;
Shenzhen, which has been transformed from a tiny fishing village
to a global innovation metropolis within less than forty years,
is a model of the China model; part of the Shenzhen experience
can be replicated in the rest of China. At the same time,
challenges and uncertainties remain for both Shenzhen and China.