What is it about?

China's maritime economy is over RMB 7 trillion a year and contributes to over 10 percent of its GDP. This paper is one of the first academic articles to model China’s maritime economic growth based on long-term time series and to explore the growth patterns and trends of the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of China’s maritime economy.

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Why is it important?

Over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered and the majority of it is made up of seas and oceans. This is why humans have relied on seas and oceans for getting their food, obtaining other marine resources, exchanging goods and services between different geographical locations, and enjoying leisure activities. As China's maritime economic development has profound effects on people's life and coastal and ocean environment and management, our review and analysis can shed light on China's future maritime including coastal and ocean management policy development.


When preparing this article we found that there is a significant research gap in China's maritime economic development and analysis. Without a thorough understanding its development, trend, and composition, it would be very difficult to balance the economic, social, and environmental implications of maritime economic development in China. We will continue our research work and hope to shed more light on China's maritime economy in the near future.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: China’s Maritime Economic Development: A Review, the Future Trend, and Sustainability Implications, Sustainability, December 2018, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/su10124844.
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