China Facts: Regional development

In 1978, on the eve of Deng Xiaoping's economic opening, Liaoning had the third-largest economy among mainland China's 31 provinces. Its GDP was 20% bigger than that of Guangdong, the southern province with the biggest population. By 2016 Liaoning had fallen to 14th among provinces by income and had only one third of Guangdong's GDP. In 1978-2016 its share of China's output fell by more than half*)   



*) the Economist 24th February 2018
















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