Chengdu becomes second-tier global city in China
Chengdu is ranked as a second-tier global city in the 2018 International City Development Report recently released by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences based on the ranking of Globalization and World Cities Network, indicating that the city has strong advantages and influence in the global cities.
Chengdu, Shenzhen and Macau are among three second-tier global cities in China. There are five first-tier global cities in the report -- Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Guangzhou. Nanjing, Hangzhou and 10 other cities are ranked as third-tier global cities, while Jinan and Kaohsiung are among 13 sub-global cities.
The number of global cities in China has increased from six in 2000 to 33 in 2016, which is second only to the United States, according to the 2018 International City Development Report.
The six global cities in 2000 included Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Chengdu was first included as a sub-global city in 2012, and it has become a second-tier global city in 2018. The rising of the global city status of Chengdu attributes mainly to the national strategy of developing economy in the west of the country, and Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, which is at the doorway of the vast western China.
There are 281 Fortune Global 500 enterprises in Chengdu. In 2017, the gross domestic product of the city reached 1.389 trillion yuan (US$204.3 billion).
(Zhang Yichi is also contributing to the article.)