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City Life - Report
Written by Richard Brubaker
Perhaps most famous for the Terra Cotta Warriors that guard the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, Xian is the capital of Shaanxi Province.

Located between Beijing and Chengdu in the north/ central part of China, Xian had historically been considered the “Gateway to the West” for multinationals looking to open the western front. That was before Chengdu became the anchor to the West.

Due to aged infrastructure, being inaccessible to sea ports, and a small pool of qualified managers, Xi’ an’s manufacturing base remained largely Chinese. Unlike Chengdu, which took a policy of “build it and they will come”, Xian did not overdevelop and then work off a base of oversupply.

Instead it let growth and investment lead development activities, and while these numbers have been increasing the last five years, their transformation was visibly slower than other second tier cities. As multinational and Chinese firms grew their regional operations to national, and as the development of the western cities of Chengdu and Chongqing began, Xi’an indirectly benefited from the “Go West” policy as manufacturing operations required raw materials from the area, and that need required the center of the country to improve its logistics capabilities.

 
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