RESEARCH ON THE INTERLOCKING NETWORK OF MAJOR CITIES IN CHINA
TANG Zilai;LI Tao;LI Can;
This paper identifies and analyzes the interlocking network of major cities in China, including dimensions of hierarchy, configuration, directionality and hinterland. From the perspective of capital control in all industrial sectors, the research uses the approach of interlocking network in terms of headquarter-subsidiary linkage of corporate organization. It has verifi ed the importance of urban network in urban system analysis and interlocking network of corporate organization as an effective measure of urban network. Urban system analysis should take into consideration not only the geographical proximity between cities as space of places but also the functional connectivity among cities in space of flows. The primary dimension of urban network is economic connectivity among cities and firms are the agents that interlock cities into network through their location strategies.